Dodge car keys made either by key code or by decoding one of the locks on the vehicle. Additionally, a 4 digits pin code is required in order to successfully program a new key or keyless fob for your Dodge Caravan.
In a dynamic world, misplacing a key can be both frustrating and expensive. Not only it’s a time consuming process on top of the unexpected expense but it may also requires a trip to the dealership. However, a car locksmith can make a replacement key for your Dodge Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country models.
Car Locksmith vs. Car Dealership
When dealing with missing car keys, some customers will choose to tow their Dodge Caravan to a nearby Dodge Dealership, while others choose to call a local locksmith near them.
While the dealership will always provide you with factory, OEM parts, locksmiths may or may not provide an OEM part, or may charge an additional fee for it.
Replacement Key for Dodge Caravan: The Cost
The cost is a crucial factor when getting a replacement key for your Dodge Caravan. How much does it cost to tow the car to the dealership and how much do they charge for the key? Additionally, you may need to add ride share costs and downtime if the dealership is not able to offer same day service for your vehicle. On the other hand, when hiring a locksmith, it would probably be a mobile one that will drive to you.
How to Find a Reputable Locksmith Near You
Although most car locksmiths will treat your fairly, some may attempt to scam you. This is why it’s important for you to get answers from your locksmith to the following questions:
- Service call/ Trip charge fee (Average $55)
- Fees (Labor, Key Codes, Programming, Rekeying)
- Parts (Key, Keyless Fob, Remote, Service Key, OEM/ Aftermarket Key)
Why you should not pay additional fee to unlock your Dodge
Some car locksmiths may charge you a fee to unlock your car on top of the replacement key cost. At first, we overlooked it, just because each locksmith can charge any fee for any service. However, we couldn’t let it go since you don’t pay a fee to unlock the restaurant before you eat and for us it’s the first sign that you may be dealing with a dishonest locksmith.
How much does it really cost?
Losing the only key to your Dodge Caravan is not as cheap as making a duplicate car key. The difference in costs is the additional labor and trip charge fee.
The first generation of Dodge Caravan was back in 1984 and the last car manufactured was on August 21, 2020. This is almost 4 decades of technology! That’s insane!! But… it also means that there’s no one single price tag, as each generation has it’s own unique features and costs. However, it can be divided to four groups:
- 1984 – 1990 (1st Generation): $200 – $250
- 1991 – 2005 (2nd Generation) $180 – $225
- 2006 – 2011 (3rd Generation) $165 – $200
- 2011 – 2020 (4th Generation – Keyless fob) $145 – $225
The difference in cost reflects the labor/ key code associated with each generation. Although costs are not accurate, but a nationwide average representation.
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With our car key cost calculator you can get a quote based on your Dodge year & model. This is a free tool available to all of our customers nationwide.