Competitive Cost of Car Key Replacement, Spares & Auto Locksmith Service

request-quotation

How Can We Help?

FAST, AFFORDABLE, LOCAL SERVICE

AVAILABLE 7 DAYS A WEEK

from 08:00 – 22:00

EMERGENCY CALLOUT
HIGHLY EXPERIENCED

17 years in the industry

key

WHY CHOOSE CAR KEY SOLUTIONS?

We are the UK’s most reviewed and trusted car locksmith, and our fleet of experienced technicians is always on call. We offer a more convenient and cost-effective solution than going through main dealerships, and can help you with:

  • Spare or replacement car keys
  • Roadside access to your vehicle in the event of lost or stolen keys
  • Saving time and money when it comes to booking, vehicle recovery or even just driving to our workshop
  • Same-day service 7 days a week
  • Get 15% OFF for spare car keys at our Car Keys Solutions Workshop in East Finchley N2 0RZ

COMPARATIVE COST OF CAR KEY REPLACEMENTS & SPARES

What you can expect from dealers

We called around main dealers to find out the cost of creating one completely new replacement (not duplicate) key for the vehicles listed below. In some cases, it took us up to 2 days just to get an estimate.

  • Audi A1 Lockset replacement 2018 - £1040 (5-10 days for booking)
  • Ford Fiesta 2013 - £272 (2-5 days for booking)
  • Ford Focus 2013 - £217 (2-5 days for booking)
  • Ford Kuga 2013 - £248 (2-5 days for booking)
  • Ford Transit Custom 2018 - £950 (2-5 days for booking)
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2018 - £1900 (2 weeks for booking)
  • Lexus RX 450h 2016 - £3000 (5-10 days for parts)
  • Mercedes A-Class 2013 - £330 (7-10 days - special order key)
  • Mini Cooper 2013 - £245 (2-5 days - special order key)
  • Nissan Qashqai 2013 - £360 (2-5 days for booking)
  • Toyota Prius 2018 keyless - £2500 (3-5 days for key and parts)
  • Toyota Yaris 2018 blade - £2000 (3-5 days for key and parts)
  • Vauxhall Corsa 2013 - £250 (2-5 days for booking)
  • Volkswagen Golf 2014 - £256 (7-10 days - special order key)
  • Volkswagen Polo 2013 - £260 (7-10 days - special order key)
  • Volvo xc 90 2018 - £345 (2-5 days for booking)

What you can expect from Car Key Solutions

Our prices are much more competitive, plus you get same-day service 7 days a week. If you don’t see your vehicle listed - or to get an exact price - please call us on 020 3733 7857. The prices below are estimated.

  • Audi Q7 2005-2013 – Spare manual key – £145
  • Audi Q7 2005-2013 – Spare remote key – £250
  • BMW 7 series 2015-2020 – Spare remote key – £245
  • BMW 7 series 2003-2009 – Spare remote key – £195
  • Citroen Berlingo 2009-2017 – Spare manual key – £125
  • Citroen Berlingo 2009-2017 – Spare remote key – £170
  • Ford Fiesta 2009-2016 – Spare manual key – £125
  • Ford Fiesta 2009-2016 – Spare remote key – £155
  • Ford Focus 2009-2015 – Spare manual key – £125
  • Ford Focus 2009-2015 – Spare remote key – £155
  • Ford Kuga 2011-2016 - Spare proxy remote key – £175
  • Ford Transit 2007-2014 - Spare manual key – £125
  • Ford Transit Custom 09/2012-2016 – Spare remote key – £170
  • Honda Civic 2015-2017 – Spare remote key – £225
  • Honda CRV 2010-2013 – Spare remote key – £195
  • Hyundai Getz 2002-2011 - Spare manual key – £125
  • Iveco Daily 1999-2011 – Spare manual key – £155
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport 2018-2020 – Spare remote key – £595
  • Mercedes Sprinter 2005-2015 – Spare remote key – £180
  • Mercedes A-Class 2011-2013 – Spare remote key – £180
  • Mercedes E-Class 2014-2020 - Spare remote key - £360
key

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW?

How much does a replacement car key cost?

Years ago when car keys were much less technical, replacing them was a simple matter: you could get vehicle keys cut easily (and cheaply) by pretty well any store offering a key-cutting service.

Now, though, car manufacturers are concentrating on vehicle security, meaning their keys are complicated (and expensive) electronic devices, and creating replacement keys involves:

  • Sourcing the correct type of key (manual, remote, or keyless)
  • Cutting the blade
  • Coding the immobiliser
  • Programming the key

Other factors that affect the cost of a replacement car key:

  • The vehicle make
  • The vehicle model
  • The year of manufacture
  • The vehicle specification
Why are some keys so expensive to replace?

Studies show that there's a 6% chance of losing a car key, and it can be an expensive loss - the newer and more upmarket the vehicle, the higher the cost of a replacement key. And if a new key has to be created from scratch, a lot of additional work needs to be done on the vehicle itself.

For example, a spare key for a 2018 Toyota Prius, duplicated from an existing key, will cost more than £450... but creating and programming a completely new key also requires replacing electronic units inside the car. And that can cost up to £3,000!

So we can't emphasize enough the importance of having a spare car key - you could save yourself hundreds, if not thousands of pounds.

Why so expensive? For a start, the equipment needed to create, program and code a new key costs tens of thousands of pounds, but that's just the original purchase price. Other regular ongoing costs include software updates and licensing fees.

Then there's the additional work that needs doing. Back to our 2018 Prius again: replacing those electronic units in the car requires the removal of the whole dashboard to start with, and that's no simple job. You're looking at labour costs for eight hours' work at least.

And then of course, there's the small matter of profit for whoever's working on the new key. After all, they've got to make a living, just like everybody else. All in all, there are many factors that go into the cost of creating a fully-functional new car key.

So yes, losing your only car key can be a very expensive loss indeed - and now you know why.

Why does the cost of replacement car keys differ from one vehicle make and model to another?

As an example, the cost for a 2012 Ford replacement key with flip-type remote blade key costs £217, while a 2012 VW replacement key cost with same remote key type costs £257.

The cost of a replacement car key is also affected by the year of manufacture on most vehicles – for example, a 2012 Vauxhall Corsa key costs £235, while the same type of remote key for a 2017 Corsa costs £264.

Interestingly, Nissan dealers have priced most of their replacement remote keys at £360 - whatever the make, model or year.

Something else that could influence the cost of a replacement key is the vehicle specification, now new keyless technology is so common. For example, a 2015 Ford Fiesta can be equipped with either a flip remote key blade or a keyless technology remote - and the keyless remote key will be more complex and therefore more expensive.

It’s important to remember most main car dealerships are franchises, so the cost of a duplicate or replacement car key is going to vary between them. Their location can also affect the price, with dealers in and around big cities likely to be more expensive compared with others further out of town.

It’s also important to know that main dealers in the UK do not provide a mobile service for car key replacement, so if you lose your one and only car key, you’ll need to budget for the cost of recovery. Or if you still have one key, you’ll have to drive to the dealership for them to create a duplicate for you.

With some vehicles, the key number and immobiliser code could be needed and the dealer may well charge an extra fee for supplying them.

And of course the cost will go up if you’ve got to have keys created for you from scratch, because of the amount of additional work that will have to be done on your vehicle.

Is a spare set of keys worth the cost?

Absolutely – no question about it. Unless, of course, you’re prepared for all the inconvenience and expense of purchasing a completely new set of keys if you ever need to.

Can you do spare keys while I wait?

Duplicating an existing car key – which involves cutting the key blade and programming the new transponder chip to match the one in the key you already have – is straightforward enough to do while you’re waiting. So yes – and you won’t have to wait that long, either.

What do you mean by car fob key and transponder key programming?

Since 1995, all vehicles made and sold in the UK have been fitted with an immobilizer system to prevent car theft.

The system works like this: the ignition key has a unique identification code that must match the code programmed into the car. The key might fit perfectly, but if the codes don’t match, the car won’t start.

So because totally new or replacement car keys don’t already have the matching code when they’re created, they need to be programmed with the vehicle’s code to function properly.

But sometimes the connection between car and key can break, meaning the key has to be programmed again (see below).

When is key programming required?
  • Making a new car key
    After making a new car key, the immobilizer and remote functions need to be programmed to match the car’s code to allow the ignition and remote central locking to operate.
  • Remote or immobiliser fault
    On those very rare occasions when the connection between the vehicle and its key fails the key will need reprogramming to restore that connection.
  • Lost or stolen keys
    If one of your car keys has been stolen, the first call you should make is to the police. That’s especially true if both of your car keys have been taken. Whether your keys are lost or stolen you should then call us right away, because before we create new car keys for you, we’ll first reprogram your car so those missing keys won’t pair with it any more.
  • Battery failure
    Whether it’s the car battery or the key battery that’s run out and needs recharging or replacing, it’s quite likely that the key electronics will need reprogramming in order to work properly again.
  • Water penetration
    Water and electronics do not mix: if any water gets inside a key, there’s the risk of short-circuit and corrosion – either of which will prevent connection with the vehicle. It’s possible, though, that with a bit of attention the key will continue to function once it’s been reprogrammed.
Can you help me if I’ve locked myself out of my car?

Absolutely! And you won’t have to wait more than an hour for one of our expert technicians to be with you.

We don’t think it’s fair to add a high financial cost to the inconvenience and annoyance of being stranded …  and we also don’t think you should be left without transport any longer than necessary.

That’s why we stock keys for pretty well every single make and model of vehicle, so in 99% of cases we can get you back on the road again that very same day – without the delay and expense of towing your car to a workshop or dealership.

I’m locked out! What number do I call?

Call us on 020 3105 8084 – for emergencies or to book services.

Which areas do you cover?

Our East Finchley branch is open 365 days a year for spare and replacement car keys – at 142-144 East End Road, London N2 0RZ.

Our mobile division covers the whole of London and surrounding area (see below).

Airports:

London Luton Airport;

London Heathrow Airport;

London Stansted Airport;

London Gatwick Airport;

London City Airport.

Counties:

East Sussex

West Sussex;

Hampshire;
Essex;

Surrey;

Berkshire;

Buckinghamshire;

Hertfordshire;

Middlesex;

Kent

key

WARRANTY

New car keys carry a warranty of 12 months, wherever obtained. Repaired keys carry a warranty of 3 months if provided by our mobile technician service, or 6 months if purchased at one of our shops.

Not covered under warranty:

  • Abuse of the remote
  • Battery

NOTE:

Whether it’s an emergency or a less-urgent appointment, when our technician arrives and finds the problem doesn’t relate to the reason for the call out, a charge will apply.

For example, you could request a new key, but the old key works perfectly because the problem lies instead with the car.

OUR LOCATIONS

East Finchley, 142-144 East End Road, London, N2 0RZ
Kilburn – 286-288 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 2DB
220-222 Portland Road, South Norwood SE25 4QB

Contact us on 020 3944 9356

We can program electronic remote key fobs for all car makes and models to get you back on the road again. Pricing depends on your vehicle, your requirement and whether you can come to our service centre or if you need roadside assistance.

  • Duplicate key prices start from £125.00 for a Ford Fiesta manual key, copied from another original key
  • Roadside vehicle unlocking starts from £99.00 (depending on the vehicle)

For an accurate, no obligation quote, talk to one of our advisers now.

We promise you the best customer service experience when it comes to car key replacement and auto locksmith services - and we have testimonials from thousands of satisfied customers that you can read here.

CHEAP VS QUALITY

The cheapest option is not always the best option! It is always cheaper to do the job right the first time.

You could buy a new TV for £70, but it won’t have the same picture quality as a more expensive model from a trusted brand.

And the same is definitely true with auto locksmiths – if you spend a lot of time enough calling around you probably will get quoted a lower price, but saving £10 on a new key could end up costing you much more in the long run. 

That’s because it’s for too easy for an inexperienced auto locksmith to corrupt a vehicle’s body control module – especially if he’s using cheap, non-genuine tools and inappropriate software. And fixing that particular problem is going to cost far more than the price of a properly-created and programmed duplicate or replacement key.

telEmergency? 0203 393 5669

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM CAR KEYS SOLUTIONS SERVICES

  • Highly trained technicians;
  • Same day service;
  • A fair price;
  • A top quality key;
  • 1 YEAR Warranty;
  • A great level of customer service;
  • A reliable service.

Contact us on 020 3797 0826.

“ABSOLUTELY NO COMPLAINTS AND SPOT ON SERVICE”

“Car Key Solutions came recommended and from my 1st phone call enquiry to the Technician conducting the work faultless, highly professional and only happy to recommend.”

Tom Evans

“GREAT COMMUNICATION FROM BOOKING SERVICE”

“Engineer arrived on time and was extremely professional. Problem was fixed in less than an hour. Big thumbs up to Car Keys Solutions.”

Chelsey Meuio Santos

“SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT, VERY PROMPT, POLITE AND EFFICIENT”

“The price was good, and overall can't be faulted. The technician was great, keeping to social distancing appropriately. Very much recommended.”

Rob Melling

“ABSOLUTELY NO COMPLAINTS AND SPOT ON SERVICE”

“Car Key Solutions came recommended and from my 1st phone call enquiry to the Technician conducting the work faultless, highly professional and only happy to recommend.”

Tom Evans

“GREAT COMMUNICATION FROM BOOKING SERVICE”

“Engineer arrived on time and was extremely professional. Problem was fixed in less than an hour. Big thumbs up to Car Keys Solutions.”

Chelsey Meuio Santos

“SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT, VERY PROMPT, POLITE AND EFFICIENT”

“The price was good, and overall can't be faulted. The technician was great, keeping to social distancing appropriately. Very much recommended.”

Rob Melling
key

OUR LOCATIONS

It couldn’t be easier to arrange a visit to get new car keys or duplicate car keys for your vehicle. A member of our team will be happy to take your call and to schedule a visit with you. We cover Greater London and surrounding M25 areas, solving all broken, lost, spare car keys and other issues.

EAST FINCHLEY

East Finchley
142-144 East End Road, London, N2 0RZ

Monday to Sunday:
08:00-22:00

KILBURN

Killburn
286-288 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 2DB

Monday to Sunday:
08:00-22:00

SOUTH LONDON

South London
220-222 Portland Road, South Norwood SE25 4QB

Monday to Sunday:
08:00-22:00

MILTON KEYNES

 Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Monday to Sunday:
08:00-22:00