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Cutting through the bull about Mercedes key programming

I have a 2002 S600 which needs a spare remote key. The dealer key is $275.00 and comes programmed and ready to go. I'm fine with this, but if there's a less expensive source for keys I'd be interested.

So, very simply put, can an anateur DIY'er program his/her own mercedes remote key? I'm speaking of a modern mercedes key here.....roughly 1999 or later, looking like either of the attached.

There seems to be a lot of vague and/or confusing statements floating around out there suggesting that a DIY'er can program his/her own key without expensive gear. Yea or ney?
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theoretically it could be done. Cheaply? probably not. Safely ? Probably not. Sub it out to someone else other than a dealer? Not only NO but Hell NO. Why give some bozo operating out of his mothers basement a copy of your key?

Yeah, Dollarship is pricey but with theft relevant parts, why take a chance.
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Don't know about amateurs, but automotive locksmiths in Europe do it every day.
In US we do have security policy, that adds to the cost.
About 5 years ago chrome key cost $120 and could be order using fax for ownership confirmation.
Now dealers need to see the papers on the counter.
Few months ago I bought new key for $162, so it is worth shopping around and drive a bit farther.

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