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My mate wants to sell me his 1999 cherokee, he has lost his keys, I want to know what has to be done to get a new key, someone told me the computer needs to be changed along with a new coded key?

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Dealers can get u a key with proper paerwork of car they have codes for ur key and can get one for you but for agood $75-125 dollars byt its the cheap way to go if the car has immobilzer in key

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