The lock smith wont cut so I'm headed to the dealer after lunch then if they wont do it a auto locksmith. I'll report back!
There is no reason a locksmith or the dealer can't cut these keys.
The transponder part of the key is not connected in any way to the actual
metal part of the key.
Any key cutting machine can cut these as long as there is room for the
plastic fob part to fit into the key blank holder.
My friend recently bought a Keil 1 1/2 Key Duplicating Machine from the 1930's at an estate
sale for 20 bucks.
He lent it to me, and I used it to not only cut my new flip fob, but I also
bought a few key blanks on ebay cheap, for the locks in my house. I now
have a bunch of spares.
If your local home depot or locksmith says they can't cut these, they are
wrong. I was able to cut my own with no problems what-so-ever.
All you have to do is make sure you get both sides lined up, and also that the
depth of the cutter is right, otherwise the key may not work.
Which sounds like the case for you, where you said the one key cut at Lowes didn't work.
That just means the guy doing the cutting didn't know how to fully use the
key duplicating machine.
And for an actual dealer to only cut one side is just not right.
I can't believe they would do this to you, as the
key is pretty much usless with only one side cut. Why did they even
make the attempt if they weren't going to finish the job.
Also, if you want to, you can always take the key blank out of these new flip
fobs and just bring that to get the key cut. Then all they are doing is using
your exsisting key as the guide, and they can't claim they will mess it up,
or try to charge you an arm and a leg for cutting it, because they claim
they can't cut keys with transponders.
This is not rocket science. Its key cutting. And the old machine that
I used cut my keys perfectly.
Here is an original picture, from 1930's, of the Keil Duplicating Machine my friend let me use: