My mechanic lost the key to my 1964 Corvette. I was able to use a bore scope and get the numbers off the lock inside the drivers door by inserting it inside the door . I gave this number to a local long time locksmith and they had books from 1964 model year cars and made my new key from the numbers. Cost? $20.
This year we decided to trade in our 2004 car for a 2018 car. the new car comes wth a Key fob and push button start. We misplaced one fob and to replace it was close to $400. Somehow, I don’t think we have made much progress when it come to starting a car. I will take the old fashoned key start any day over the Fob.
I was at the Ford dealer for another matter, and was looking at a big cast aluminum assembly sitting by his desk and asked him what that was. He said it was the ignition key assembly for some model of Ford. Price, over $1000. New ignition switch for my 64 Vette. $30? How do you rate progress? Cost more? More complicated? Your screwed if you break or loose it?
If I could convert my new car to a key start I would. I think the fob start should be an option on a new car. I never had a problem using a door key, a trunk key etc. Repairs are simple and not costly.