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Old 05-23-2012, 08:44 AM   #1
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Start a jeep, without a key

Local dealer here has a jeep that they got from an auction. Jeep gets delivered.... no key anywhere to be found.

How can I start this jeep with no key?
Maybe I should just bring a ign cylinder with me, charge them to change it out and then test drive it LOL

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Old 05-23-2012, 08:51 AM   #2
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Should be able to get a key cut at a Chrysler dealership with just the VIN number...the local dealer will just need to prove ownership, which for them should be easy to do.

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Old 05-23-2012, 08:53 AM   #3
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Ah cool, didn't know if they'd be able to or not due to it being a 2000. I'll have them pursue that option so that me and my friend can actually test drive this thing.
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No key and from an auction? I think I'd want them to prove clear title before I fell too much in love with it. Then if they want to sell it, they should have a key made, not you.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:30 AM   #5
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My buddy used to not even need a key haha u could just twist the ignition an my jeep you could start the a screw driver or knife before I got it fixed
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:34 AM   #6
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Yeah, seemed sketchy at best the whole "no key" line, and I didn't think they would be down for me sending direct current to the coil as I jumper the starter and break the lock pin in the ign cylinder to turn it forward and unlock the wheel. Actually, ya know. the whole thing seems off. we had the key, were gonna sell it at auction, brought it back because you wanted to look at it, oops, no key now. Think I'll just have my friend keep looking for another Jeep.
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On that note...a dealership following Chrysler policy won't cut a key for a vehicle based on the VIN code without proof of ownership. That does sound sketchy...unless it was misplaced...but yeah, I'd certainly make THEM get the key, not you.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:03 AM   #8
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So lets see here... The jeep is from an auction... Most auction vehicles I see are from bank repossesions....
If I was having my jeep repo'd they wouldn't have a key with it either....
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So lets see here... The jeep is from an auction... Most auction vehicles I see are from bank repossesions....
If I was having my jeep repo'd they wouldn't have a key with it either....
From my understanding of the OP's last post and perhaps I just misunderstood it...they were the ones who sent it to the auction and supposedly brought it back without auctioning it because he wanted to look at it. Dealers will often send vehicles they can't move to the auction (or if they suspect underlying problems they'll send em to auction so someone else gets stuck with any problems rather than one of their customers). However...Jeeps are an easy vehicle to move...so something seems out of place.

My buddy owns a large car dealership here in town and in his words, "I can't keep Jeeps on my lot!" Unfortunately, they also can't find good deals on them so they don't have them on the lot very often.
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Old 05-26-2012, 08:53 AM   #10
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If you want to spend the cash (150-175) any reputable lock smith will come out & cut one for you.
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You may need to do more than just cut a key - some TJs have the RFID ignition system where it won't stay running unless you have the right chip in your key.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:41 AM   #12
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My 2004 does. That may be why the dealer hasn't jumped right in there with a replacement.
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You may need to do more than just cut a key - some TJs have the RFID ignition system where it won't stay running unless you have the right chip in your key.
A good locksmith can supply the chip'd key too.
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:47 AM   #14
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I lost my only key recently, I brought the registration and photo Id. Two keys cut for 21 bucks. If it is an RFID system, its cheaper to use a local locksmith. You said the jeep is at a dealer is it not a Dodge/Chrysley/Jeep dealer?

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