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I Lost My Keys: How Do I Get Replacement Car Keys?
Transponder Key: Impossible to Replace?
How to Get Replacement Car Keys Made
You lost your car keys and have no extra ones lying around. So how will you get a replacement if you have nothing to copy? Hmmm, I do believe that you are in trouble. You will need to come up with a plan.
I'll tell you what you do. You can either call a locksmith and spend a small fortune or you can turn to your local dealer to help fix the problem.
Call the local dealer of the type of car you own to see what kind of paperwork you will need to get a set of replacement car keys for your car. I am sure every car line is different (such as Ford, Lexus, Toyota, Lincoln, or Mazda). I'm not sure about every brand, but I can tell you what you need to know about GM cars since I have been a GM parts specialist for more than 30 years.
Getting a Replacement Key from the Dealer
Let’s start from the beginning. It all started around 1990 when the manufacturers started putting passlock theft deterrent chips in their keys (for GM, it is a vats code 1-15). Since then, it has become a problem if your vehicle is equipped with a passlock theft deterrent system and you have no keys. You have to have your vehicle towed to your local GM dealership to have it programmed to your new key.
Of course, if you have a duplicate key, then there's no problem: Just head over to your local dealer and have them copy you a new key. Tell them you need to get a set of duplicate car keys for your vehicle. Your parts specialist will tell you how to program your new key to your vehicle.
You'll need the following documents for proof of ownership (per GM and the Federal Government). If you don't have this info, then you don't get a key, plain and simple.
- Your car registration, vehicle title, or insurance card. What we need here is your vehicle's VIN number, the owner's name, and the license plate number.
- Photo Identification with the name and address matching your info on line 1.
Take the above information to your local dealership and request the replacement key or keys. They should be able to do this while you wait. Hopefully, you won’t have to have your vehicle towed to the dealer for programming. The cost of this varies from vehicle to vehicle but should range anywhere from $80 to $350, with remotes being extra.
Hope this information helps you out.
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