Why are Replacement Car Keys so Expensive?
Posted 01/29/21 by Elspeth McIntyre
Any motorist knows that replacement car keys are expensive. Still, many do not understand why modern keys cost so much money. Today, replacement car keys cost an average of £215 depending on your vehicle’s make, model and age. This cost is 29% higher than in 2013. Still, invariably an automotive locksmith tends to be cheaper than the dealer for replacement keys.
The simple answer is that car keys and vehicular security was much less advanced years ago. However, today’s car keys have come a long way in terms of technology. With the progress of immobiliser systems to prevent car theft and the marriage of transponder chips to a basic key. Not all auto locksmiths can provide new car keys. Your modern automotive locksmith requires intricate knowledge of vehicle programming.
Modern Car Key Tech is Complicated
Car keys now interact with the immobiliser, so your modern auto-locksmith needs to be able to deal with a variety of computer systems within your vehicle and even deal with EEPROM work.
EEPROM is the process of removing and reprogramming or replacing chips within your car’s immobiliser module to program a key, so automotive locksmiths have a fairly tough and highly skilled job, add to that the cost of parts and equipment, some of which can cost thousands of pounds, and it becomes a little easier to see why car keys cost a lot.
Going to your dealership to get a replacement car key may seem like the natural thing to do. Still, respected auto locksmiths can offer the same services at a better price due to our ability to source dealer-quality products at a lower cost and without the prestige fee. Dealers don’t have access to better quality products; many locksmiths source their products from the same manufacturers!
It is more a case of a monopolistic hold on the industry that dealers often enjoy.
As the East Midlands’ premier auto locksmith, 3D Autokeys understands why drivers might baulk at spending more than £100 for a new car key, but we do so much more than just offer a new car key.
- Friendly, specialist technicians.
- Mobile service — We can come to a location that suits you.
- Courtesy call — To let you know we are on our way.
- Transparent pricing — The price we quote is the price you pay.
This article explores why car key replacements from auto locksmiths are cheaper than the dealer.
Some Insurance Policies Allow You to Claim for Replacement Car Keys
If your car keys are stolen, then you may be able to claim the cost of the replacement keys back from your insurance provider. First, check that your policy will cover the cost to replace your car keys and any additional fees. If you’re unsure if the policy offers cover for auto locksmith services, ask your insurance provider for advice. They can discuss what the policy covers and help you get the money back for some or all of the locksmith services you need.
Car insurance providers don’t usually reimburse drivers for lost car keys.
Modern cars come with a spare key that you can use in an emergency. Still, you should always try to find your lost car keys as quickly as possible or promptly get a replacement key as no one likes to be left locked out of their vehicle.
Lost car keys are in a public place?
Or even worse, you think your car keys have been stolen. You should call an emergency auto locksmith to get them to remove the lost key from your car’s immobiliser; this ensures that your vehicle is secure and anyone who has the key won’t be able to access it.
They can then give you a replacement car key, which might cost a bit, but the service will give you peace of mind that your vehicle is secure and you can use it if you need it.
Automotive locksmiths also repair your car keys. If you have a damaged key, they will assess whether you need a replacement key or just a repair. You can check with your insurance provider if they cover the cost. They may allow you to claim the cost of getting replacement car keys in an emergency.
Using an Auto Locksmith Can Save You Money
Owning a car is a costly endeavour, so, understandably, you might want to save money in any area you can, but car keys aren’t the place to be tight with your cash. Calling out an automotive locksmith could cost more than you initially expected as there are often service charges for out of hours. Some locksmiths (not us) will also charge extra to come to you, so it is best to have a spare key at all times.
Whilst you can get a replacement car key from your car dealership, you might find that the cost is significantly higher than if you use an auto locksmith, plus the wait will almost always be longer. As auto locksmiths like us are independent, we can offer you the same service as your dealer but for a fraction of the cost. We have the experience of making new keys for most vehicles, but we don’t charge a high mark-up for the service.
At 3D Autokeys, we aim to offer you all of the replacement car keys and auto locksmith services that modern drivers need at an affordable price. We have a wide range of solutions. Our technicians can help with everything from new car keys to vehicle security services.
Our team will guide you every step of the way. We cover various vehicle types, including cars, vans, motorbikes and others. Almost every brand out there is catered for by our automotive locksmith experts, so you can get a key cut for all of your vehicles from one provider when you give us a call. We provide you exceptional service, at a price that suits you, so you can save money and keep your vehicle secure.
So, the next time you need to get a replacement key for your vehicle, or you lose them, get a quote from 3D Autokeys. We cover most locations throughout the East Midlands, so we can help you get back on the road quickly when your keys are lost or stolen or if your car security is compromised.
Get in touch, and get a quote today. Our locksmiths are here for emergencies. Our team will give you friendly and accurate advice on any of our auto locksmith services.
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