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I recently purchased a 2000 Vette and it came with only one key and remote. What is my best source for a spare key and remote, other than the dealership.

Thanks for any input / advise.
 

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before you get a key , you need to find out what code the key is

ebay usually is very reasonable
 

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This is from a post that I found and copied for reference.

Vats key

This post applies to anyone who needs a spare key for any vehicle that has a chip in the key. You've seen the prices of these keys, and if you think they are trying to rip you a new one then you are correct-a-mucho!

If you have a chip on both sides of the key, then you have a double-sided Vats key. If the chip is only on one side, then you have a single-sided Vats key. Now that you know which key you have, here's how to replace it for less than $10!

In order to get a replacement key for DIRT cheap, do this. Measure the chip inside the key.


Look at the measurement that you get. The number will be close to, or one of the following from this list:

Vats #-----------Ohms

#1--------------- 402
#2--------------- 523
#3--------------- 681
#4--------------- 887
#5-------------- 1130
#6-------------- 1407
#7-------------- 1870
#8-------------- 2370
#9-------------- 3010
#10------------- 3740
#11------------- 4750
#12------------- 6040
#13------------- 7500
#14------------- 9530
#15------------ 11800

Your results may have a decimal in front of it, after the first number, or not at all depending on how your ohm meter is set to read the resistance.

If your number is "1407", then you need to purchase a #6 Double Sided Blank Vats Key for GM Vehicles if you are replacing or adding to your C5 Corvette key collection. If your number is "4748", then you need to purchase a #11 Double Sided Blank Vats Key for GM Vehicles. If your number is "524", then you need to purchase a #2 Double Sided Blank Vats Key for GM Vehicles. So on, and so on, and so on. I know which number key to buy because I'm comparing my results to the chart above. The following chart show the plus/minus acceptable values when reading your VAT's resistor value:

Once you have your Vats number, you can jump on eBay and get a blank replacement key. I bought mine from a place called Locksmith Source. If you click on the link, it will take you to a #7 Vats key that he sells (he sells them all). Look at the price:

$5.50!

I about lost my mind after seeing that price and being quoted $130 dollars by the stealership. I ordered 2 more keys on top of the one I had. Now I have a spare, my girlfriend stores one (not that she'll be using it or anything), and I have the third. Multiple keys is the only way to go!

I took my blank keys to the locksmith and he cut them for $2! That was it! Walked out to the car and they both started the car on the first try. I hope this helps Eric... Stay safe... "Rico"
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last time I looked on ebay that was in the ad too.
 

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Wayner, Thanks for the info, I'll go that route.

Vett USA - The previous owner said he lost it.
 

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Key info

This is going to sound strange but yesterday I was feeling into my side cove on the driver's side looking to see how to install an LED when I came across a lump against the left side of the cove. It was covered with gm tape. I peeled it back thinking it was a wired module or something but low and behold...It was a brand new key. It doesn't have the remote but it was a perfectly cut key. I would check there before you spend some money. The dirty gm tape makes me think it came that way. I have 3 keys now and 2 remotes.
 

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Look at the price:

$5.50!

I about lost my mind after seeing that price and being quoted $130 dollars by the stealership.
Check with your dealer. I got one at my local dealer for $20.00
 
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