How do I Get a Master Key Made for a Car?

by Emma Taylor
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Modern cars now come with master keys that contain computer chips to deter auto theft. Unfortunately, this technology makes replacing a key very expensive and time consuming.

Car Dealership

Your car dealership can provide you with a new master key. You will need to provide your car's year, make and model along with the vehicle identification number. According to the website Consumer Affairs, a car dealership usually charges around $150 to replace a master car key.


A locksmith can help you obtain a new master car key for your vehicle. Most locksmiths are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The cost for obtaining a new master key from a locksmith varies according to region and the locksmith's individual pricing.


Several online stores sell master keys that you can order. These keys are blank, and will need to be cut and programmed to fit your vehicle. The company from which you order can tell you how to accomplish this once you have the key in your possession. Buying a new master key from an online dealer is the least expensive option, though pricing varies according to the make and model of the car.

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