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Ignition/key wont go in or come out readily

Key hardly goes in or comes out. wd40 did little good. How much should it cost to get it replaced? Thanks

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If you replace it yourself the lock and tumbler will run around $200 since it has the chip in it available at most auto parts stores if you take it to a locksmith figure around another $100 labor

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