In most cases the price we charge for Supplying a replacement Remote / key , cutting and programming
Considerably cheaper than Dealer supplied Keys
Also Much quicker , the typical wait for a dealer supplied key is 7 to 10 working
affect the price of replacement car keys
We have identified four common factors that are likely to have an impact on
how much replacement car keys cost:
The vehicle make
The vehicle model
The year of
The spec or edition
The cost of
replacement car keys varies from model to model
When looking at how much replacement car keys cost it’s important to be aware that there is no set
price for a particular vehicle manufacturers key. Different models will utilise different keys, all at different prices. For example a Ford Fiesta key could be as low as £230 whilst a Ford Mondeo key
could cost £280.
A car key
replacement price will also fluctuate depending on the year of registration
Similarly to the model variations, prices can also fluctuate depending on the year
of first registration. For example a 2010 Vauxhall Corsa
key currently costs £217, whilst a 2017 Vauxhall Corsa key costs £230.
The spec of
the model may also impact the cost of a car key
It’s not a given that all models of a certain year or mark will have the same
associated cost for a new car key. Certain editions and spec upgrades could mean an upgrade to the car key. For example a Ford Fiesta 2014 could use a flip style remote key that is turned in the
ignition, or it could also use a proximity style key fob, meaning the car is started by the push of a button.
that could impact car key cutting prices
It is important to remember that most main dealers are franchises and the price of
a replacement car key may vary from franchise to franchise. The geographic location of the dealer could also influence the price, with dealers in the South of England likely to be the most
in the UK do not provide a mobile service for key programming, so should you lose your only car key you will need to budget for the cost of recovering your vehicle into their workshop.
If you do not
have a record of your vehicles key number and immobiliser code the dealer could possibly charge an extra fee for supplying this.
How is the
price of a replacement car key from a main dealer broken down?
Whilst it may
seem like some main dealers have literally plucked a price from out of the air, there is often a reason a replacement key for your car may be priced higher than expected. When you purchase a
replacement car key from a main dealer there are essentially three elements that you are paying for.
- The raw key – you first pay
to purchase an uncut, unprogrammed blank remote key (this is normally the highest part of the cost, and can be in excess of £300 for some cars). Vauxhall currently charge £80 for an
unprogrammed 2018 Vauxhall Corsa key.
- The cutting – The key blade will
need cutting to code to fit your locks. Even key cards and proximity keyless entry keys have an emergency key blade that will need to be cut. An additional charge may be added on to supply
a key number and immobiliser code. As an example, Vauxhall currently charge £30 to supply this.
- The programming – There is a final cost for the
dealer to program the key into your car. Programming tools can cost well over £10,000, so don’t be surprised if a dealers cost consists of a programming fee of £100 or more. Using Vauxhall as our
example, their charge is £120 for key programming.
Why are car
keys so expensive?
The majority of people that have never had the misfortune of losing a car key are shocked when they discover how much replacement car keys cost. Unlike domestic house keys, car
keys are highly sophisticated electronic devices that contain a PCB, transponder chip and battery.
As already explained the blank key can be expensive to purchase for the dealer or locksmith, meaning the end price to the consumer is already more than expected. A blank car key is
cut using state of the art automated key cutting machines, which cost thousands of pounds to purchase and maintain. In order to make a profit the dealer or auto locksmith will factor in the cost of
of cutting the key.
Programming tools for coding a new key can cost tens of thousands to initially purchase, with extra ongoing costs associated for licensing and installing new software. A cost
will also be added to cover the time taken for cutting and programming the key. Anything up to one hour can be expected for such a labour fee. When you take all the factors into consideration
and remember whoever is supplying the key will need to make a profit, the price of a replacement car key is often justified. So how much do replacement car keys cost? Probably more than most
motorists would expect, but not so much when you fully understand how sophisticated a car key actually is and what’s involved in supplying one.
Data suggests that the cost of replacing car keys is on the rise. A ford Fiesta key cost just £162 back in 2013, but five years on the price has risen by over 41% to £230.
Also in 2013 a replacement key for a Nissan Qashqai would have cost £180, but you can expect to pay as much as £300 if you walked into a Nissan main dealer today. That’s more than a 66%
The price increase could be due to the improvements in car key technology and the introduction of proximity keyless start keys, which are able to start the car without the user
having to insert the key into the ignition.