The cost of replacing a car key has increased over the years due to the added security features in modern car keys. The cost varies depending on the make, model, year of manufacture, and vehicle specification.

For example, a Ford car key replacement with a flip-type remote blade key costs around £217, whereas a VW replacement key with the same remote key type manufactured in the same year will cost around £257.

Nissan has priced most replacement remote keys at a fixed price of £360. Main dealerships are franchises, so the cost of car key replacement may vary from one to another, and the geographic location of the dealer can also impact the price. In the UK, main dealers do not provide a mobile service for car key replacement, so if you lose your only car key, you will need to budget for the cost of recovery.

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If all keys are lost, the cost of replacement can be higher and may take longer, with wait times ranging from 2-5 days up to 2 weeks depending on the make and model of the vehicle.
Why are replacement car keys so expensive?

The cost of replacement car keys can be high due to several reasons. First, car keys today are sophisticated electronic devices with complex programming and coding procedures. The newer the car and the more premium the brand, the higher the cost of a replacement key is likely to be. Second, the programming tools for creating a new key can be costly to purchase and install, and the procedures involved in cutting and programming a new key can be time-consuming for a qualified auto locksmith engineer.

Third, if all keys are lost, the replacement cost can be even higher, as some electronic control units may need to be replaced, and the labor time for accessing the control units can be significant. Finally, the cost of a replacement key also includes the profit margin of the key supplier. To save time and money, it is always a good idea to have a spare key.