The cost of car key programming can vary depending on the type of vehicle and the complexity of its system. When having a locksmith program a car key, it is important to factor in the cost of several services. These services include a service charge, key programming and duplication, and car lockout services.
Mobile locksmiths typically charge a service fee between $20-$45 to come to your location and assess the situation. This fee is to compensate the technician for their time, travel, and evaluation. The consumer can also bring their own car keys or acquire them from the locksmith at the time of service.
Key Programming & Duplication
Key programming typically starts around $80-$85 but can go up depending on the complexity of the task. Different types of automobile keys operate in different ways – for example, new smart keys contain encrypted signals which require more complex equipment and expertise than an older remote control model from early 2000s.
If an existing key’s signal can be recorded and duplicated, then programming can be done quickly and cheaply with no extra costs associated with purchasing new blank keys/remotes. On the other hand, if no functioning key is present or signal capture is not possible, then expect a higher-than-average cost due to increased difficulty of the job as well as potentially higher cost for rare or restricted sales components used in production of your vehicle’s keys.
Car Lockout Services
In some cases where there is no functioning key available or when a locked vehicle needs to be opened for programming purposes, locksmiths may offer car lockout services which are often included in the overall cost estimation for key programming services. Attempting to unlock a car without using a key increases risk of potential damage to your vehicle’s locking mechanisms so it is best to wait for an experienced locksmith instead prior to attempting any DIY solutions which may end up costing more money and effort in long run.