How to Get a Replacement Car Key Without the Original

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how to get a replacement car key without the original

Yes! You can get a replacement car key even if the original is lost. It’s not really the if you can, but who can make a replacement car key, how much does it cost and where can you get this service done!

Locksmith vs. Dealer

Lost your only car key , towing the car and paying for brand new keys at the dealership is always an option. However, you will have to tow your car to the dealership, wait for service, pay the dealer rates for OEM parts & labor. Oh, yeah.. and get FREE popcorn. yay…

A locksmith normally offers mobile service and will come to you! Additionally – by working with a locksmith you can normally choose between OEM and Aftermarket parts. Also, most locksmiths will charge less than the dealer (service key included).

How much does a Replacement Car Key cost

A replacement car key can cost you anywhere from $10-$75 for a duplicate key and $120-$250 for most car keys and fobs. Some fobs can cost even more.

Older vehicles may require ECU Reflashing/ Replacement, and keys for cars that has been modified can cost more as well.

Additionally, high end cars may require a trip to the dealer or specialty tools in order to get a replacement key made. Both may increase the final cost for your key.

Yes! A replacement car key can be made to your vehicle, even if the original key is no longer available. Click here to get a free estimate.

The average cost to get a car key replacement for most models 2000 – 2010 is $145-$185).

Use our lost car key cost calculator to get an instant estimate. 

(Please note: Our services available only in our service area. We will not respond to inquiries outside of our service area, but you can still use the calculator to get a fair estimate for your car key replacement cost).

Who can make a replacement car key?

Locksmith vs. Hardware Store

How To Get A Replacement Ford Car Key Without The Original 

Hardware stores do not make car keys if you lost your original key. Most hardware stores offer basic and transponder key duplication service.
For transponder key, hardware stores offer a clone key (Key with a battery – not recommended in extreme weather conditions). Unlike locksmiths, most of them offer duplicates made by a machine, while locksmiths can check your key and if its worn out, they’ll cut it by code and avoid making a bad duplicate from a bad key.

Above are average pricing for most common car key.
Find out How much does your car key cost.

Locksmith vs. Locksmith 

From our experience, you can find difference in pricing even between different locksmiths. So if you’ve already chose a locksmith over a dealership, we recommend getting quotes from more than one locksmith.

Most locksmiths will be able to give you a free estimate based on your car make and model, either in writing or over the phone. Just make sure that there are no hidden fees before you accept the terms of service.

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