by: Jason Stoogenke Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
New keyless car entry devices for vehicles can cost hundreds to replace.
Mary Robbins saw a new Fiat and had to have it but she lost the key. She bought a new one and not only had to have hers reprogrammed, but her husband's, too.
"(It was) $348 and change," she said. "Just for the key -- for one key and the reprogramming."
She added, "That was a lot of money. That was way too much."
Action 9 found a new key typically costs more than $200.
Some can even run you $500 or more, especially ones that some call proximity keys where you can just keep it in your pocket and still open the car door and start the car.
However, drivers can find them for less.
Consumer Reports said KeylessRide.com sold it a key for about one-fourth of what a dealer was charging and Edmunds.com's Ron Montoya told Action 9 if you have to go through a dealer, shop around.
"Try calling around a couple of places. You'll be surprised that prices and parts may vary based on the dealership that you're at," he said.
If you've been ripped off, overbilled or misled; or if you see something that is hurting all consumers, contact Action 9.