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Old 10-03-2018, 01:12 AM   #1
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Default getting a duplicate key made for 2001 Saturn SC2

I am interested in getting a key made for my 2001 Saturn SC2. I want to get a key that I can put in my wallet, so I want it without the plastic piece that is often part of a car key.

I get the impression that you can get a key made from General Motors if you give them the Vehicle Identification Number. But since I already have the keys, can it be done somewhere like a hardware store? A local Menards store has a completely automated key machine, but it would not do my Saturn key.

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Old 10-03-2018, 07:19 AM   #2
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I have had spare keys made for the Saturn at a hardware store. Try another, if Menards can't do it. You can always cut the plastic off. I've done that before.

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Old 10-03-2018, 08:32 AM   #3
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Default Re: getting a duplicate key made for 2001 Saturn SC2

Cutting a new key by copying an existing key is certainly feasible but keep in mind that it will not be as good quality as a key cut from VIN which would be the same as the original key.

Any locksmith, hardware store and perhaps specialty mall kiosks will be able to do it for less than $5. If your existing key is worn I'd discourage you from going this route. You'll likely find the new key to not work as smoothly. Perhaps Menard's knows this and that is why they wouldn't cut a key.

Cutting a key from VIN will cost you around $10-$15 at a GM dealer. I suppose if you want to supply your own blank without the plastic; they would likely cut it for you. You'd have to obtain the blank from the locksmith or hardware store as I don't believe the dealer would have them.

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Old 10-03-2018, 10:53 AM   #4
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I keep the spare key in my coat pocket during 3/4 of the year. During warm weather, in my pants pocket or lunchbox pocket.

I have one of the original, plastic, credit card type keys, need to get it cut for when I have my final Saturn. Saving it until then

Looks like this - I think some places (locksmiths?) may still have them, heard that AAA used to give them out. Maybe a possible 3D printable?

Trying to find if you can still buy those, came across this interesting article,

https://www.instructables.com/id/Mak...h-TicTac-Bott/
(rather than "smoking" and using tape, you can just photocopy the original key to use as a guide)


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I do not think anyone aftermarket makes those credit card keys prestly.

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Old 10-03-2018, 04:34 PM   #6
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Yeah, I think you are right, OldNuc. Didn't see the usual ads when searching.

Plus, all the new keys these days have chip$ for $ecurity

I do think I want to try, maybe this winter if I get bored, to make my own plastic emergency key from an old credit card. It would be nice to have a spare in the wallet.

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