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Can i order a key a program it myself or should i just buy a whole switch an about how much money will i be looking at

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Hello Aretha,

The first thing you need is a key with the proper cuts to mechanically turn the ignition. You may be able to obtain that from a Buick dealer or from a locksmith in your area. Without the mechanical cuts you will be unable to program the new key to your vehicle. This can run anywhere from $10 to $100 depending on the rates in your area and where you must get the key from.

Once you have the mechanical cuts for your vehicle and those cuts are put onto a chipped key that is compatible with your vehicle you can program the new key yourself by following these very precise steps:

1. Connect a jump box, battery charger or jumper cables to your vehicle's battery. This process can drain your battery and without enough voltage your battery will die and you will be unable to program any new keys.
2. Insert the new key into the ignition and turn it to the ON position. The security light on the dash will illuminate and stay on for 10 minutes. When the light goes out, you have 1 minute to perform the next step. If your vehicle has no security light, set a timer for 10 minutes.
3. Turn the ignition to OFF then back to ON. The security light on the dash will illuminate and stay on for 10 minutes. When the light goes out, you have 1 minute to perform the next step. If your vehicle has no security light, set a timer for 10 minutes.
4. Turn the ignition to OFF then back to ON. The security light on the dash will illuminate and stay on for 10 minutes. If your vehicle has no security light, set a timer for 10 minutes.
5. After the security light has gone out for the 3rd time, the key is programmed to the vehicle. All previous keys have been erased. Turn the key to the START position to start the vehicle. Allow it to run for at least 30 seconds to make sure the system has properly accepted the new key.

If the vehicle doesn't start or dies within a few seconds, the key is not properly programmed and you must start the process over, OR there is an issue with your vehicle's anti-theft system and a diagnostic device must be utilized to program the key to your vehicle. You must take the vehicle to a locksmith or a dealer for programming.

I highly recommend against purchasing chipped keys for any vehicle online from any source. They are mostly inferior chips and do not program at all or properly.

Most locksmiths have or can obtain the proper quality chips needed for these types of vehicles.

I would advise obtaining 2 chipped keys if not more once you have one that mechanically operates your locks then program the others as well. The process is much simpler to add additional keys:
1. Insert your existing programmed key into the ignition and turn it to ON then OFF.
2. Remove the key and within 15 seconds insert a new key and turn it to ON.
3. The security light will light up for 2 seconds to indicate success.
The new key is now programmed.

I hope this helps.

James

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I do not answer Safe or automotive questions. Period. I am knowledgeable in almost every area of Locksmithing. This includes locks, keys, lost keys, residential and commercial lockouts, rekeying, masterkeying, high security locks, access control, electric locks, security cameras and home safety. I have been running an online business since 2004 where I sell all types of lock and security hardware to everyone from apartment renters to business owners to the US government. Before that I started a locksmith service in 1999. I deal with many types of security equipment including high security safe locks, heavy duty padlocks, exit devices, biometric readers, electric strikes, magnetic locks, full surface hinges and I only sell what I personally stand behind 100%. The online business has given me a more in-depth look at the locksmithing industry, helping me to learn more about each and every product that I offer, as well as products I don't have but end up finding for customers to solve any issues they have with security or door hardware.

Please don't submit any automotive or safe questions as these aren't areas that I can help in.

Experience

I have been Locksmithing since 1999 and own my own Locksmithing business. I have many years of hands-on experience through the many services I have performed for my customers. I've run my business the way I wanted, treating everyone as I would like to be treated and knowing that any customer could be my last if I didn't perform my locksmithing duties as I had promised.

Education/Credentials
I have a diploma in Masterkeying, Advanced Locksmithing & Locksmithing from Foley-Belsaw.

Past/Present Clients
US government, colleges, schools, city and state governments, large and small corporations, home owners.

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