Why is it so expensive to get a car key copied for a 2016 Subaru?

I just got an estimate from the dealer and it's insanely expensive. Are there any cheaper options?

“The cost of replacing a key for your vehicle depends on the type of key and vehicle you have.
If it has more advanced electronic elements, it will be more expensive to copy and replace. The keys for vehicles manufactured in the last seven years will likely cost more due to this.
Where you’re looking for a replacement key can also influence the price. While your dealer can provide replacement keys, it’s often more expensive than a locksmith.
To save money, try finding a reliable automotive locksmith. They may offer more competitive prices than your dealership.
You can also look into your car’s warranty to see if it will cover replacing a key.”
Sophie Newman
Answered on Jul 23, 2021
Sophie Newman is a writer from California. Her hobbies include brewing her own kombucha, riding horses, and taking long road trips.

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