How Do You Replace Car Keys?

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You can replace your car keys by contacting your dealer directly, using a local locksmith or using an Internet website, such as Keyless Ride. Modern car keys may also require reprogramming, which can contribute to a higher replacement cost unless you reprogram the car yourself.

You can replace car keys by contacting the dealer directly. If you do so, the car and key's level of sophistication contribute to replacement costs. Sophisticated systems may include proximity keys that unlock the car door when you touch its handle, and key transponders that communicate with the vehicle and keep it from turning on if it is being started by anything other than a matching key.

If you must replace the key and fob, a dealer is likely to charge $200 or more. The obvious benefit of using a local dealership is that it can replace the car key very quickly. If you have time to wait, you can save time by using websites such as Keyless Ride. However, if the key requires any reprogramming, you may still need to use a local locksmith to do so, which contributes to the overall cost.

You may be able to reprogram the key yourself by searching for appropriate videos explaining how to do so. This, along with using websites such as Keyless Ride to replace the key, results in maximum savings.