Car Key Replacement Cost – What to Expect

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When you need a car key replacement, it can be a frustrating experience. Not only do you have to find a replacement key, but you also must worry about the cost. How much will it cost to replace your car key? How can you be sure that you’re getting a fair price?

The best way to find out about the cost for a replacement car key is to get in touch with a licensed auto locksmith. Locksmiths have the experience and expertise to help you get a new key quickly and more cost effectively than most car dealerships. They can also advise you on the best type of key to get for your car.

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Keep in mind that the cost for a key replacement can vary depending on the type of key that you need. A transponder key, for example, will be more expensive (from about $220) than a traditional key (from about $120). If you have a remote start or keyless entry system on your car, you may also need to have those features replaced or repaired as part of the service. Cost for a keyless remote will vary according to the make and model of car.

Some licensed locksmiths can also help with other automotive problems like VW Ignition jamming, for example. This is a common problem, and a mobile auto locksmith can repair or replace as needed.

Additionally, you can check online reviews for quality locksmith services. They can sometimes give you an idea of a locksmith’s range of services and approximate costs. You may even find reviews that mention comparisons with other locksmiths or car dealers.

Check Online Reviews for Car Key Replacement Locksmith Services

When you need to have a car key replacement you can find out the comparative cost by checking online reviews for the service that you plan to use.

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How To Find Out About Car Key Replacement Cost from a Locksmith

When you need to have a car key replaced, it is important to get an idea of what the approximate cost will be. This can vary depending on the locksmith that you use, but there are a few things that you can expect to pay for. The most common cost is for the actual key itself. This will usually be a flat fee, but it can vary depending on the type of key that you need.

Another cost that you may incur for replacing your car key is for the programming. This is necessary for a transponder key to work with your car. Not all locksmiths include this in their price, so be sure to ask if it is something that you will need. You may also have to pay for installation. This can be time consuming and is dependent on the make of car and technology used. 

Finally, there may be a call out fee. 

For example, KS Locksmiths remote car keys start from $220 (cut and programmed) and can usually be completed within a short amount of time. Compare this with a VW dealership where the cost roughly starts at $600 and can take 3 – 6 weeks to arrive from overseas. With current supply issues due to COVID, overseas shipping can take even longer.

Key Solution Locksmiths has many of the major auto brand keys and fobs on hand and can be at your automobile within a very short time. This is especially the case when you are close to, or in, the Eastern Suburbs.

Spare Replacement Car Keys

One of the costliest car key replacements is when you have lost all keys. Make sure to always have a spare key on hand. At least your locksmith can easily copy that spare. Without a spare key, it is going to cost you a LOT more. In fact, if you lose all keys and must get new ones cut through a car dealership, you may find the cost upwards of $4000! 

You can easily avoid this by contacting a licensed mobile locksmith who will come and cut and program a spare for you before you are in this position.

Even if you do lose all your keys, make sure to get a quote from your nearby auto locksmith as well as your car dealership. You will usually find you get a better price and time frame from a locksmith for receiving a new set of car keys.

Get In Touch with A Licensed Locksmith

If you’ve ever lost your car key or had it stolen, you know the panic that sets in. Not only do you have to worry about getting back into your car, but you also must worry about the cost of replacement.

The cost of car key replacement can vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle, the type of key, and the locksmith’s fees. However, there are a few ways to get an estimate for the cost of a replacement key before you urgently need it. The first step is to do a Google search for: “car key replacement near me” to ensure you find a locksmith close to you.

Then you need to look for a highly rated and licensed locksmith in your area. Once you have a locksmith’s contact information, call and ask for a price quote for replacing your make and model’s car key. Most locksmiths will be happy to provide a quote over the phone.

When you lose your car key, try to call the car dealership or the locksmith who made the key. If you have a key fob, the locksmith may be able to reprogram it. If you have a traditional metal key, you will likely need a new key made. Make sure to get a quote from both the dealership and the locksmith as you will likely find a locksmith will afford you significant savings from a car dealer.

You will need a fully licensed and experienced locksmith to program and cut keys for your car safely and securely. Check the Master Locksmiths Association website to be sure your locksmith is licensed and accredited.

If you’re in trouble and locked out of your car or need a car key replaced, get in touch with Key Solution Locksmiths for a free quote. We offer a mobile car key replacement service across Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.


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