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My brother (age 72) has lost the key to his Camaro Iroc and

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My brother (age 72) has lost the key to his Camaro Iroc and also the door key. Where can I find one to replace it? It's a 1989 Model. If you have two, I will buy both ignition keys. Do I need a door key or just get a local locksmith make one?
JA: Do you have a backup key? Maybe the emergency kind that fits in your wallet?
Customer: No we don't. That's why I'm writing to you!!
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I am hoping that you could help me find a replacement Chip ignition key.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: Yes, two Chevy dealers said it was too old to get the "code" for the ignition key. I have the total VIN # if you have sources that have surplus 1989 keys.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  Eric replied 9 months ago.

HI,

Unfortunately the VIN number doesnt do any good in making duplicate keys, otherwise anyone could write down the vin number for your vehicle found at the left front corner of the windshield and have keys made and steal the vehicle.

The only way to have a key made when the existing key is no longer available is by the key code, which back in 1989 was on a small rectangular stamped pellet found with the owner's manual and on file with the car manufacturer.

GM doesnt keep those for this long and as you found out.

Unfortunately these leaves 2 possible choices.

The first is to have a locksmith come out and remove the key cylinders and check the tumbler pattern and make new keys that way.

The seconds choice is to replace the key cylinders with new ones that come with their own set of keys

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Expert:  Eric replied 9 months ago.

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