How do I Get New Keys Made for a Mercedes?

by J. Johnson

Mercedes-Benz cars no longer use a metal key. Instead, an electronic gadget that contains a computer chip is used to start the vehicle. This gadget is known as a fob. The car's on-board computer system recognizes a code within the electronic fob. This makes getting a new key a bit trickier, but not impossible. It also makes it more expensive than the few dollars it used to take to replace a metal car key.

Contact multiple Mercedes dealers. Addresses and phone numbers can be found on the "Find a Dealer" resource listed below. While a new fob will probably cost at least $200, individual dealers set the prices, so costs may vary.

Call local locksmiths to see if they can program a new fob for your Mercedes model. You may save money through a locksmith, but they probably won't have the codes for every model. The same goes for websites such as Keyless Ride, which only has the codes for certain models.

If you go to a dealership, bring your car registration and driver's license. This helps the dealership verify ownership and access your Mercedes' unique code, which will need to be programmed into the fob by a service technician.

Give yourself time. Electronic keys can't always be obtained or programmed as fast as metal keys can be made. Depending on the dealership, you may have to wait up to an hour or more for your new fob, or even days if they have to order a new one.

About the Author

J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.

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