How to Order a Replacement Car Key

by Jonra Springs

Car key replacement is surprisingly expensive. Most keys have an electronic transponder chip that sends an exclusive signal to a computer in the ignition. That signal is necessary for activating the starter. The replacement key has to match the blade design and transponder signal to be able for starting the car. Get a replacement key installed by a dealer or locksmith if your car keys are lost.

A locksmith might be able to replicate some model car keys but not others.
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Call first to ask about a car key for your specific model and make sure the locksmith is qualified to install transponder chip keys. A locksmith might be able to replicate some model car keys but not others.

Make sure the locksmith will be able to program the ignition module to react to the replacement key after constructing it.
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Make sure the locksmith will be able to program the ignition module to react to the replacement key after constructing it.

Make sure you test the key several times before driving away.
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Make sure you test the key several times before driving away.

Find a dealership that sells cars of your make.
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Find a dealership that sells cars of your make.

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Give the dealer the vehicle identification number for key blade replication.

Bring the vehicle to the dealership to have the ignition programmed.
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Bring the vehicle to the dealership to have the ignition programmed to the new transponder chip once the car key is delivered to the dealer.

Several online retailers can make car keys for various models.
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Several online retailers can make car keys for various models, and you can find some options in the "Resources" section. Make sure the model you drive is listed on the site.

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Give the specifications requested on the order questionnaire.

Take the key and car to a dealership or qualified locksmith
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Once you receive it in the mail, take the key and car to a dealership or qualified locksmith to have the ignition programmed to react to the new key.

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Save money by purchasing a used transponder key with the ignition module and computer programmed to the signal.

Hire a qualified automotive technician to replace the ignition module and computer.
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Hire a qualified automotive technician to replace the ignition module and computer. Order a replacement key from the dealer that has a blade to match the doors and ignition cylinder.

Transponder chip
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Remove the transponder chip from the dealer key and replace it with the transponder chip from the used parts set.

About the Author

Jonra Springs began writing in 1989. He writes fiction for children and adults and draws on experiences in education, insurance, construction, aviation mechanics and entertainment to create content for various websites. Springs studied liberal arts and computer science at the College of Charleston and Trident Technical College.

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