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Found the invoice for this - it was £40 for the pre-cut key and a further £50 to 'tune in' to the car.
The only difference between a black headed key and a green headed valet key is at the very end where it tapers to a 'V'. There's a collar machined around this section of the black key which is missing from the green one. A locksmith could therefore convert your green key to the same profile as the black one and it would then work like the black one and unlock the luggage compartment.
I was quoted $169 per key blank and $130 per for cutting and programming.
I complained because of the particular history of this car. The PO bought it there, had it religiously serviced there, and traded it in there. But, strangely, the keys disappeared between the trade in and the wholesaler. Makes me suspect they get thrown in the garbage so the next customer has to pay for a new set. Just saying (my observation).
Anyway, they gave me the blanks for $125 each, and waived one programming and cutting fee. It was $404.70 out the door for a pair....
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I actually did some legwork on this before I dropped 4 large for a set of keys.
Now that I have the part #'s, you could buy the blanks wholesale for about $75 each. I also found a local locksmith that "could" do the programming. But, the problem is getting the keys cut. It seems the later years have "harder" key blanks and it seems "dealer only" to get them cut. I did the "one stop shopping" option, and made an appointment yesterday. Even so, it took about 2 hours. Just glad to have this dark chapter behind me.
Update! I had to have a bunch of fobs cut and programmed for my Chyrsler 300. I found a small independant locksmith Ninja. I talked to him about the Jag keys. He says he can do them, and has done them in the past-- gets one request about every 6 months. He said he can do them with generic blanks for $95 a copy. So, it is possible if you can find the right person.
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