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How to Find the Key Codes for Your Vehicle's Keys

by Shanan Miller

Your vehicle's key code is necessary if you need to replace your car keys through a dealership or locksmith. Your vehicle's key code is usually stored in your owner's manual, as long as it is the one that came with the vehicle when it was new. If not, you will have to prove ownership at a dealership to retrieve the code, which can usually be done for free. Learn how to get a key code for your car in case you ever misplace or lose your keys .

Gather your vehicle title or registration that shows you are the owner of the car for which you want a key code. Have your driver's license handy as well.

Go to the parts or service department of a car dealership that makes your model car. Usually, the parts department handles key codes and replacement, but a service representative can direct you if necessary.

Tell the dealership representative that you want to obtain your key code. Give him or her proof of your identity and your vehicle ownership information. The representative will look up the code or make a phone call to a dealer's hotline to retrieve it.

Write down your key code and store it in a safe place for future reference.

Tip

  • The dealership can also cut a key for you.

Warning

  • Only the vehicle's registered or titled owner can obtain a key code.

About the Author

Shanan Miller covers automotive and insurance topics for various websites, blogs and dealerships. She has extensive automotive experience, including auction, insurance, finance, service and management positions. Miller has worked for dealer sales events around the United States and now stays local as a sales and leasing consultant for a dealership.

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