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Yes I used a working key that came with the car.
That whole shenanigan with the dealership and even locksmiths frustrated me so bad... The first time I had to have a key cut I got lucky, they cut it for me at Home Depot but they're really not supposed to cut customer supplied keys... After that and a couple more back-and-forths I spent a few hundred and bought my own key-cutting machine, now ... In order to cut a key I order my own keys so for reference the key in question is referred to as a "GM circle plus" key (or Chevrolet circle plus). That is the key we're dealing with here, I thought I'd mention it as it may help someone in terms of reference material.

Granted even with your own key-cutting machine you still need at least one original.

Ok, so the way I did that with my 2013 GMC Sierra is I literally held the two black circle+ parts together with the replacement key facing OUT as I inserted the original into the ignition, turned it on once or twice, started it, turned it off, then inserted the copy and voila, it really was that simple there... It was so simple I couldn't believe it, but this was also my 2nd go-round.

The 2007 Impala was another story, I lost the working key and all I had left was the "door only" key... So I had to do the 10+10+10 30-minute routine with that one, I will give you the link but you will want to put your car battery on a charger while this is going down and also make sure to cut off all accessories and your headlights!
You may think your battery is strong enough, I killed mine twice during this process and by the time I had everything recharged it took several days instead of 30 minutes but this is the best video watch the whole thing I followed it exact:


Me happy camper, sure the key cutting machine cost me too, all in all I spent as much as going to have them made but it was out of principle to me.
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That whole shenanigan with the dealership and even locksmiths frustrated me so bad... The first time I had to have a key cut I got lucky, they cut it for me at Home Depot but they're really not supposed to cut customer supplied keys... After that and a couple more back-and-forths I spent a few hundred and bought my own key-cutting machine, now ... In order to cut a key I order my own keys so for reference the key in question is referred to as a "GM circle plus" key (or Chevrolet circle plus). That is the key we're dealing with here, I thought I'd mention it as it may help someone in terms of reference material.

Granted even with your own key-cutting machine you still need at least one original.

Ok, so the way I did that with my 2013 GMC Sierra is I literally held the two black circle+ parts together with the replacement key facing OUT as I inserted the original into the ignition, turned it on once or twice, started it, turned it off, then inserted the copy and voila, it really was that simple there... It was so simple I couldn't believe it, but this was also my 2nd go-round.

The 2007 Impala was another story, I lost the working key and all I had left was the "door only" key... So I had to do the 10+10+10 30-minute routine with that one, I will give you the link but you will want to put your car battery on a charger while this is going down and also make sure to cut off all accessories and your headlights!
You may think your battery is strong enough, I killed mine twice during this process and by the time I had everything recharged it took several days instead of 30 minutes but this is the best video watch the whole thing I followed it exact:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVrJWz-XZ1Y

Me happy camper, sure the key cutting machine cost me too, all in all I spent as much as going to have them made but it was out of principle to me.
The only way you should have to do the 30 minute security wait is if you either replace the tumbler in the vehicle hence a new key as well as the tumbler has the security feature built into them on some GM vehicles. Eric O. from YouTube's South Main Auto Channel did that on either a Chevy Colorado or a GMC Canyon but I can't recall which one it was.

IF you have the chipped key yes you'll have to do that security gig. I have a 06 Impala and I've went and had keys cut at ACE Hardware and they have worked great. Same goes for my 04 Chevy Tahoe, 04 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS and my old 98 Toyota Camry I sold to the neighbor recently.

Normally any good place that cuts keys regularly for cars will have a deal you can wave your key into or thru and it'll let you know if you have a chipped key and also if you have a resistor one.

Nowadays even working on cars if doing work in the vehicles security, reprogramming that involves some security they're making guys get a LSID I believe it's called. I haven't needed it yet but I'm sure one day when I'm programming or updating one I'll have to face it so I should get all the security stuff, paperwork, etc done thar allows you to program the digital keys. There's a process and bunch of paperwork and insurance stuff that has to be submitted. I just hope the insurance stuff isn't to expensive as if it is we'll be up the creek without the paddle for awhile.

I'd line to get more into specializing in diagnostics and reprogramming, wheel bearing, ball joints, etc on the vehicle as I have the portable kits for removing and installing the stuff without having to pull the hub if not needed. It'll save time. Suspension and brakes is a big thing I'm into but being mobile we can't do alignments and other stuff you can do in a shop. Maybe I should put a alignment rack in my house garage and do alignments when slow and a couple days a week and schedule other work around it and be less mobile but done properly money can be made mobile. Main thing you have to remember is to charge accordingly.

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IF you have the chipped key yes you'll have to do that security gig.
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I lost my extra key to my 2009 chevy impala. I purchased a blank on ebay and had it cut.
The key will unlock the door but will not switch on the ignition.
It will go into the switch but will not turn.
I missed the part about the key not turning...
Mine did turn, it just wouldn't start the car.

I am thinking chances are the key wasn't cut proper.
It should turn in the ignition.
A little fiddling with it, back and forth, in and out, gently probing might get it to turn in some order.
Don't force a key, they're made out of brass and you don't want to break it.

That being said I'm not clear on what that lecture was about...

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