How do I get a car key made without the original?

I lost the only copy of my car key, so I’m stuck without a car. Is there any way for me to get a car key made without the original?

It’s always frustrating to lose your keys! Luckily, you have two options for making a new car key without the original:.
  • Visit your dealership. The dealership where you purchased your car should be able to replace the key for you. While a dealership replacement can be pretty expensive, they probably have the key you need in stock and can complete the programming in less than a day.
  • Use a locksmith. Some dealerships outsource their key work to a locksmith, so this may be a good route for you to take as well. Remember, the locksmith will need the make and model of your vehicle, along with your VIN, registration, and vehicle title.
While it may take a little extra work to get a replacement from a locksmith, they’ll only charge around $200. Alternatively, a dealership will likely cost between $150 and $600.
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Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Nov 24, 2021

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