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I recently lost my only smart key fob to my 2008 Toyota Prius. My car is now parked in a garage and I have been told that it must be towed to a Toyota dealership to get a new key fob programmed.

My current option seems to be quite pricey…

My lowest quote has been the following: $100 tow fee + $250 key fob + $250 (2 hours of labor to re-seed/program the new key fob). Surprisingly, other dealers have quoted me up to $460 to re-seed/program the key fob in addition to the $250 price tag on the key fob.

I have looked around for key fobs online and there seem to be some vendors selling used keys fobs at around $60. The problem is that every Toyota dealership I have spoken to has told me that there is a good chance it may not work, so I will be taking my chances. In the case that they cannot get a used key fob to work, I would be looking at additional labor charges to attempt the same labor with another key. Therefore, everyone is stating that I’m better off paying the extra amount for a new key fob rather than a used key fob.

Any suggestions for alternate options would be highly appreciated.
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Hi, Alex,
Before you lost your one keyfob, you should have bought a spare. As long as you have one properly working keyfob the expensive re-seeding procedure is not required. You are lucky though that this moderately expensive re-seeding process was developed, because before that came about the dealer had to replace the smartkey ECU for about $1,000 & then reprogram the car to accept the new fobs (fobs don't get programmed---the car does).

At this point unless you come up with the missing fob, re-seeding is your only option followed by the purchase of at least one fob. But if you don't buy a second one & get the dealer to program your car to accept both the new ones, then next time you lose the only one again it will be another re-seeding procedure. Unless you have your key code (for the hidden metal key) written down somewhere, the dealer will have to run the build sheet for your car to get the original key code to be able to laser cut your metal key (that lets you in the driver's door only).

Most times a fob bought off e-bay will NOT work as a smart key [you have no way of knowing for sure if it was ever used---the used ones (& maybe even a new e-bay one) will not let you into your car with even the push-buttons]. You will have to get in using the proper metal key in the driver's door & then insert the fob into the dash docking slot. However, since you will be getting the re-seeding done, an e-bay fob MAY work (although I doubt it). Your best bet is to buy 2 new fobs from the dealer (that way you know they've NEVER been used) & let the dealer program the ECU (after the re-seeding) to accept the new fobs. I don't think your old one (should you come across it) will work AFTER the re-seeding, but if you do find it before the dealer does the re-seeding, then you're in business to avoid the re-seeding cost (but do get a second fob right away & get them to program your car's ECU to accept the new one.

One more caution--- the fob(s) you get must have the silver logo (not black) & must be the part number for your model year (fobs from an '04 or '05 (and maybe '06 too) won't work in your 2008 car, so make sure your parts guy orders the proper one(s).

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I just had a **** of a time finding someone that could reprogram used smartkeys for my 2010 prius.

I called a few dealers and they didn't think it could be done.
I called alot of locksmiths and I found 1 that said he could do it.

he programmed in 4 smartkeys , 3 of them were used that I bought on ebay.

his name is Doug
name of business : All Auto locks
phone : 516-256-4800
location: Copiague , NY ( on Long Island )

Doug is a great guy and knows what he is doing, he even carries spare blanks for the 2010 prius. His van looks like a operating room

here is a link to his site:
Home - All Auto Locks

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I used doug from all auto locks today after reading this thread. I had purchased a used fob silver logo on ebay
and doug was able to activate this fob for full use. He has an awesome setup and has many top programming devices at his disposal. I highly recommend him. The dealer told me it couldn't be done.

His number is 1-516-356-4800
He will answer the phone personally.
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In Dallas
A-1 Lock
2685 Walnut Hill Lane
(972) 284-7500
will do fo $290
Dealership asked for $1000 (I called both dealerships)
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Has anyone heard such a Locksmith in San Diego as well? Luck for the ones in Dallas and Long Island.
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