The VIN number is needed for the replacement of a car key. One of the most important steps in key replacement is programming the electronic chip of the key. The dealership or locksmith needs the VIN number to program the chip.
A car key may be cut perfectly, but without chip programming, the engine cannot start. That explains why dealership and locksmith car key replacement services are so important. Each of these requires the VIN number for programming. The only difference is that the locksmith charges less for the same services. Fortunately, it is possible to order for a programmed car key online.