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Old Feb 8, 2014, 09:41 AM   #1
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Default I lost my only car key, anyone recommend a locksmith?

It is for a VW. Anyone gone through this? I know I could call the dealer but they will be my last resort as I know they will be the most expensive and I believe it takes ~5 days to get a key, I"ve heard locksmiths can do it onsite. Any suggestions I'd appreciate it.
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 09:45 AM   #2
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It is for a VW. Anyone gone through this? I know I could call the dealer but they will be my last resort as I know they will be the most expensive and I believe it takes ~5 days to get a key, I"ve heard locksmiths can do it onsite. Any suggestions I'd appreciate it.
It depends on the type of key as to whether most locksmiths can even do it.

I learned the hard way with one car, it was much cheaper to replace the side glass.
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 09:49 AM   #3
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I luckily left my car door unlocked, but still.. I guess I will call around.
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 09:55 AM   #4
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Default Re: I lost my only car key, anyone recommend a locksmith?

CAA (free) or any tow truck driver ($50) can get you in the car in about 5 seconds flat (I think those guys even have olympics for this).
Chip key that's a whole new deal, Chryslers I know go for around $125, you need your VIN; VW's I don't know.
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CAA (free) or any tow truck driver ($50) can get you in the car in about 5 seconds flat (I think those guys even have olympics for this).
Chip key that's a whole new deal, Chryslers I know go for around $125, you need your VIN; VW's I don't know.
He will need his V.I.N. and I.D. to order a key from V.W., it can be anywhere from $200 - $600 depending on the yr, and then they will have to program the key, if older model then he's lucky...
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sent you a PM with a name and number of a guy near Finch and the 404
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He will need his V.I.N. and I.D. to order a key from V.W., it can be anywhere from $200 - $600 depending on the yr, and then they will have to program the key, if older model then he's lucky...
You just made me buy another key for my Passat. I've had only one for the last three years and I know I'm tempting fate.

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Old Feb 8, 2014, 01:21 PM   #8
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just a heads up for anyone who is looking for an additional key. I went thru this a few months ago with my 2009 Rav4 Ltd. When we bought the Rav used from a Toyota dealer we received 2 fobs but only received 1 Toyota key fob. This was important to us because the 2009 Rav4 Ltd has a push button start and a smart key fob.

To our surprise only the Toyota Fob worked to KEEP the car started, as the other fob was for the remote starter. We were not given the fobs until after the deal was finalized.

Anyhow Toyota wanted 300 plus for a 2nd fob. We were able to purchase a good one from ebay and get it programmed and have the emergency key cut by a locksmith from TO. If you have a push button start, do a bit of research before you buy a 2nd fob. Some vehicles need a fob that has never been programmed before (sometimes dealers and locksmiths just tell you that), some dealers will not try a program one that was not supplied by them, you need to match the model and the transmitter frequency of the existing fob.

Just like when you get a new ECU in your car you will need to get the new and old fob programmed. Sometimes if you have the appropriate software and tools you can program these yourselves. I bought one that had been previously used and I bought a little gadget and software to program it myself and some other options on the car, but because it was used a locksmith had to use some more sophisticated software to program it for me.


just wanted to give you some more info before anyone with a smart key fob went on a buying spree without researching
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Old Feb 8, 2014, 01:24 PM   #9
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Sorry to hear about your lost keys. When I bought my Mazda5 back in 2007 they supplied us with 2 keys. I still felt we need a third between my wife and I. So off of ebay I bought an used fob chip key and a blank blade. I was able to install the blank blade into the fob and got it cut at a Mazda dealership. If I remember correctly I got it cut through my S/N. I then downloaded instructions on how to program the new key to my car off the internet. It was actually quite simple (ie Opening and closing my front door 3 times after turning on the car, push button on key...etc). I don't think it costed me anymore than 50 bucks which was 6x cheaper than buying a brand new one from Mazda. Not sure if it would be the same procedure with a VW.

Of course this will not solve your immediate concerns but might be a thought to consider if you want to get a second emergency key later on in the future.
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