You can get a key replacement for your car from a local car locksmith or a car dealer. Each choice has its cons and pros, here is why.
Getting a key made at the dealership requires you to tow your car for service, while car locksmith travels to your location. But that’s not the only thing.
Car Locksmith or a Dealer Key
Most dealers that can make car keys carries only OEM factory keys and charges you by the hour, even if programming a key fob takes only few minutes. Additionally, with most dealerships you will have to schedule your service or wait in line.
You will find out pretty fast that most if not all of the local locksmiths around you offers mobile auto locksmith in your area.
Hiring a mobile locksmith eliminates the need for towing. Hence, saving money tip #1.
Hiring a mobile locksmith for the job saves you more than money. It saves you valuable time. Whether what you’re doing in life of your economical situation, you were about to drive somewhere, meaning you’re already late and not necessarily has the time to tow your car and wait for service.
How much does a Replacement Car Key cost
Just as different phones has different prices, Different keys hold different price. There are few factors, however, that will help you get a general idea about a replacement key cost for your vehicle.
What make & model is your vehicle
Your car year and model affects the key replacement cost, since different years has different security modules and key systems installed in them. Some requires basic key, some transponder (chip) key with or without a remote head and some requires keyless proximity fobs.
With that in mind, the pricing below represents average key replacement cost:
Replacement car key cost anywhere between $10-$75 for a duplicate key and $120-$250 for keys and keyless fobs. If you have lost your only car key some may cost even more.
Older vehicles may require ECU Reflashing/ Replacement.
The average cost for 2000 – 2010 key replacement is $145-$185.
Who can make a replacement car key?
Some hardware stores provide duplicate car key service. This service usually includes copying your key on another key blank and cloning the security information coded into the chip.
Locksmiths offers that service as well, but are also able to make a replacement car key if your key is damaged, stolen or lost.
Some keys are being made from the vin number, some by decoding one or more of your vehicle locks and some by a key-code that located somewhere on your vehicle, usually stored in the vehicle memory, engraved on one of the locks or stored on a card inside your owner’s manual.
Locksmith vs. Locksmith
Different locksmiths charges different rates for their services. Shop around, compare rates, service level, parts (OEM or aftermarket) and warranty policy.