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Old 06-15-2005, 20:01   #1 (permalink)
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Cost of a chipped Volvo key?

I had to have a spare key made for my '99 C70 recently by the dealer,
and I was pretty surprised at the cost.

Key blank - $50
Key program - $35
Labor - $67

Total - $152!

My wife's non-chipped '97 key only cost $27; still expensive, but not
in the same league.

Are these normal charges? Can you get these anywhere besides Volvo?

I'm getting used to paying a ton of money whenever I take the silly
things in for any service, but this was a bit of a shock, even so.

TIA!

max

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Old 06-16-2005, 06:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Cost of a chipped Volvo key?

On Thu, 16 Jun 2005 02:42:22 GMT,
max (maxicon13@yahoo.com) wrote:
> I had to have a spare key made for my '99 C70 recently by the dealer,
> and I was pretty surprised at the cost.
>
> Key blank - $50
> Key program - $35
> Labor - $67
>
> Total - $152!


That's a little high. Two years ago I had a chipped key made at my
Volvo dealer for about $120.

> My wife's non-chipped '97 key only cost $27; still expensive, but not
> in the same league.


I can get regular Volvo keys made for $10 - $12 (eg. 850, 940).

> Are these normal charges? Can you get these anywhere besides Volvo?


Non-chipped keys -- pretty much anywhere. The chipped keys -- only
at the dealer.

Beverly
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Old 06-17-2005, 06:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Cost of a chipped Volvo key?

"max" wrote
> Key blank - $50
> Key program - $35
> Labor - $67
> Are these normal charges? Can you get these anywhere besides Volvo?


Depends on what you mean by "normal." It's totally outrageous, but you can't
get them anywhere else so they can pretty much charge whatever they want.
I'm in the same boat with a 2000 V40 that I just bought last week. Smith
Motors (only dealer within a reasonable distance for me) wants $48 for a
key, $88 for labor, and $30 if I need a software update. Says he won't know
about the software until I get there. The labor charge is their flat rate
for an hour. This for a job that's going to take maybe ten minutes tops. If
I want to include a replacement remote to go with my key, I'm looking at
over $300.

What really burns me up is that I bought my Volvo used from a Ford dealer
and after I got it home I found some service receipts in the glove
compartment with the previous owner's name and number on them. I called and
asked if he happened to have a spare key, and he said he gave the Ford
salesman two sets. Nobody at the Ford dealership knows what happened to the
other set. I'm sure they have $300 worth of key and remote for my car stuck
in a desk drawer or sitting in a stray key bucket somewhere over there, but
I can't get it and they don't seem too concerned.

The up side, I guess, is that the previous owner said he never had any
trouble with the Volvo, just wanted something bigger, so he traded it in on
an Explorer.


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Old 06-19-2005, 19:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Cost of a chipped Volvo key?

Okay guys here is the skinny!!!

If you want to have a car that is virtually impossible to steal then when
you loose a key or remote then expect to pay huge. The technology that goes
into stopping thieves from taken your car is costly. If you have a problem
with the costs associated with Volvos then buy a G M and shut up!!! This
kind of theft prevention comes with a cost, but you should be happy that
Volvo's can not be stolen unless they have a key!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MOVE ON!!!!!!!!!!
"Joe Blizzard" <replies@newsgroup.only.please> wrote in message
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> "max" wrote
>> Key blank - $50
>> Key program - $35
>> Labor - $67
>> Are these normal charges? Can you get these anywhere besides Volvo?

>
> Depends on what you mean by "normal." It's totally outrageous, but you
> can't get them anywhere else so they can pretty much charge whatever they
> want. I'm in the same boat with a 2000 V40 that I just bought last week.
> Smith Motors (only dealer within a reasonable distance for me) wants $48
> for a key, $88 for labor, and $30 if I need a software update. Says he
> won't know about the software until I get there. The labor charge is their
> flat rate for an hour. This for a job that's going to take maybe ten
> minutes tops. If I want to include a replacement remote to go with my key,
> I'm looking at over $300.
>
> What really burns me up is that I bought my Volvo used from a Ford dealer
> and after I got it home I found some service receipts in the glove
> compartment with the previous owner's name and number on them. I called
> and asked if he happened to have a spare key, and he said he gave the Ford
> salesman two sets. Nobody at the Ford dealership knows what happened to
> the other set. I'm sure they have $300 worth of key and remote for my car
> stuck in a desk drawer or sitting in a stray key bucket somewhere over
> there, but I can't get it and they don't seem too concerned.
>
> The up side, I guess, is that the previous owner said he never had any
> trouble with the Volvo, just wanted something bigger, so he traded it in
> on an Explorer.
>



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Old 06-19-2005, 21:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Cost of a chipped Volvo key?

"Gaz" wrote
> The technology that goes into stopping thieves from taken your car is
> costly.


The "chip" in our keys is a rfid device. Similar to the little disposable
gadgets that Wal Mart eventually plans to put into everything they sell. I
should be happy paying $50 for this?

> This kind of theft prevention comes with a cost, but you should be happy
> that Volvo's can not be stolen unless they have a key!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I should be happy being charged an hour's labor for a five minute job?
(Impressive use of the exclamation mark key, btw.) Oh, and about this being
the ultimate in security:
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/29/national/29key.html "Graduate
Cryptographers Unlock Code of 'Thiefproof' Car Key"


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Old 06-21-2005, 07:02   #6 (permalink)
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"Joe Blizzard" <replies@newsgroup.only.please> wrote in message
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> I should be happy being charged an hour's labor for a five minute job?
> (Impressive use of the exclamation mark key, btw.) Oh, and about this
> being the ultimate in security:
> http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/29/national/29key.html "Graduate
> Cryptographers Unlock Code of 'Thiefproof' Car Key"
>
>

Dang - now we are going to have graduate cryptographers stealing our cars
;-)

Mike


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Old 06-21-2005, 08:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Cost of a chipped Volvo key?

"Michael Pardee" wrote
> Dang - now we are going to have graduate cryptographers stealing our cars
> ;-)


Yeah, those sleazy bastards.


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Old 06-23-2005, 04:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Cost of a chipped Volvo key?

ROFL, two words TOW TRUCK.................... GONE in 60 seconds chip or NO
chip.

There is NO way to stop a thief if he wants your car! However, the key thing
is B.S. down here in Miami they want $85.00 labor, $72.00 for the key and
another $40 to program key. Also, if your car has more than 3 (or 6) already
on it then it will cost you another $85.00!


"Gaz" <garrywebster@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
news:STote.1126$X57.66518@news20.bellglobal.com...
> Okay guys here is the skinny!!!
>
> If you want to have a car that is virtually impossible to steal then when
> you loose a key or remote then expect to pay huge. The technology that
> goes into stopping thieves from taken your car is costly. If you have a
> problem with the costs associated with Volvos then buy a G M and shut
> up!!! This kind of theft prevention comes with a cost, but you should be
> happy that Volvo's can not be stolen unless they have a key!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
>
> MOVE ON!!!!!!!!!!
> "Joe Blizzard" <replies@newsgroup.only.please> wrote in message
> news:JaWdnbLnbNgnIi_fRVn-qg@wvfibernet.net...
>> "max" wrote
>>> Key blank - $50
>>> Key program - $35
>>> Labor - $67
>>> Are these normal charges? Can you get these anywhere besides Volvo?

>>
>> Depends on what you mean by "normal." It's totally outrageous, but you
>> can't get them anywhere else so they can pretty much charge whatever they
>> want. I'm in the same boat with a 2000 V40 that I just bought last week.
>> Smith Motors (only dealer within a reasonable distance for me) wants $48
>> for a key, $88 for labor, and $30 if I need a software update. Says he
>> won't know about the software until I get there. The labor charge is
>> their flat rate for an hour. This for a job that's going to take maybe
>> ten minutes tops. If I want to include a replacement remote to go with my
>> key, I'm looking at over $300.
>>
>> What really burns me up is that I bought my Volvo used from a Ford dealer
>> and after I got it home I found some service receipts in the glove
>> compartment with the previous owner's name and number on them. I called
>> and asked if he happened to have a spare key, and he said he gave the
>> Ford salesman two sets. Nobody at the Ford dealership knows what happened
>> to the other set. I'm sure they have $300 worth of key and remote for my
>> car stuck in a desk drawer or sitting in a stray key bucket somewhere
>> over there, but I can't get it and they don't seem too concerned.
>>
>> The up side, I guess, is that the previous owner said he never had any
>> trouble with the Volvo, just wanted something bigger, so he traded it in
>> on an Explorer.
>>

>
>



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Old 06-23-2005, 18:01   #9 (permalink)
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"Spectre" <NoneYaBizness@nowhere.com> wrote in message
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> ROFL, two words TOW TRUCK.................... GONE in 60 seconds chip or
> NO chip.
>
> There is NO way to stop a thief if he wants your car! However, the key
> thing is B.S. down here in Miami they want $85.00 labor, $72.00 for the
> key and another $40 to program key. Also, if your car has more than 3 (or
> 6) already on it then it will cost you another $85.00!
>
>

Ahh... with prices like those, who needs thieves?

BTW, pulling in forward and turning the wheel far to one side when parking
is an effective deterrent to tow trucks, since they rely on rapid hook and
run. They can find easier cars to steal than ones that try to drive off the
side of the road. It's all about reducing opportunity and increasing risk of
getting caught.

Mike


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Old 06-24-2005, 10:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Cost of a chipped Volvo key?

"Michael Pardee" wrote
> Ahh... with prices like those, who needs thieves?


Indeed.

For the benefit of anyone who might be following my saga, I just got an
apologetic message from a guy at the Ford dealership saying he could get the
Volvo dealer to sell me a key at the price they'd charge him. (I may save
about $10.) I had contacted this guy by email ten days ago and never heard
back. Curiously the reply came right after I sent another message, cc'd to
everybody at the dealership, bemoaning the lack of so much as a courtesy
reply and suggesting that the "Customer Relations Manager" title was largely
ceremonial.


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