Jeep must be broke. Now they're trying to make replacement keys a profit center.
I bought a used 2012 Liberty that only had one key. I wanted a second key. I contacted locksmiths, and they didn't want to touch it because of some sort of legal problem where they have to get special permission from Jeep or a dealer to make a replacement key. The Jeep dealer wanted to charge about $300 for a single key, or $200 for a key with no remote feature.
So what Jeep is doing is trying to treat their keys as proprietary and then threatening locksmiths, and charging huge markups for replacement keys. What a racket.
Monetary Loss: $300.