Getting a replacement car key without the original requires you to either use a local car locksmith near you, or to tow your car to the nearest dealership / auto shop. Which option works for you? Here’s some pros & cons for each.
Locksmith vs. Dealer
The first, and one that makes most sense is taking your car to the dealership, of course. But, hold on! In the past few years a lot of locksmiths started to offer an alternative to the dealer key. Today, you have the luxury of calling a car locksmith and have him come to you, rather than towing your car to the dealership.
With locksmiths, you’re not always guaranteed OEM part. A locksmith will not always provide you a key with a logo, although most locksmiths offer reasonable warranty policy for aftermarket keys.
How much does a Replacement Car Key cost
For dealer rates – please contact a local dealership near you. If you are a road club member, you may be able to get free towing. Some insurance companies offer roadside service as part of their policy, it’s worth giving them a call as well.
For locksmiths, there is no fixed price, as the final price summarize trip fee + key code +programming or labor per brand + key type.
However, for most cars, this pricing below should reflect the average key replacement cost:
A replacement car key can cost is anywhere from $10-$75 for a duplicate key and $120-$250 for most car keys and fobs if you lost your only car key. Some, even more.
Older vehicles may require ECU Reflashing/ Replacement, and keys for modified cars can increase your final bill as well.
The average cost for 2000 – 2010 key replacement is $145-$185.
Who can make a replacement car key?
Locksmith vs. Hardware Store
You cannot get a car key made at a hardware store if your original is lost. Most hardware stores offer basic key duplication and transponder key cloning services only.
Additionally, locksmiths will code cut your key while a hardware stores will duplicate it only. Code cutting the key can help keeping your vehicle locks functionalities.
Above are average pricing for most common car key.
Find out How much does your car key cost.
Locksmith vs. Locksmith
Each locksmith company has its own service policy to justify the service charges. It is up to you, the customer, to agree to those charges before they become your reality, but you don’t have too. We recommend getting 3 estimates before accepting any, as the gap between locksmiths can be tens or even hundreds of dollars sometime. Additionally, availability and emergencies can be factors to consider, therefore getting more than one estimate can become beneficial for you at later time.
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.