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Car dealerships charge an arm and a leg to replace your car keys, especially those high-tech newfangled ones. Before you fork over your hard-earned cash to replace a key that is lost, malfunctioning, or dead, make sure youíve exhausted every other possibility.

1.Write down you car's VIN number . This will be necessary in finding someone who will help you replace the key. In most cars, the VIN is located on the driverís side dashboard and is visible through the window, but it may also be located on a rear wheel well or the front of the engine block, in the trunk or door jam, or on the frame of the car between the carburetor and windshield washer.[1] If youíre not sure where yours is, look up the location (or even the number itself) online.

2. Write down the year, make, and model of your vehicle. Again, this will be indispensible for making any replacements.

Lost Key
1. Ask a local locksmith if they can make you a replacement key. While hardware stores arenít generally equipped to create new car keys (as opposed to simply copying them), locksmiths usually have more sophisticated machinery. The older your vehicle, the better the odds that a locksmith will be able to help you.
If you lost a key fob, a good locksmith may be able to help you make a new one Ė depending, of course, on the on how sophisticated the key was. Additionally, they should be able to help you reprogram the replacement key, though your manual should also have instructions on how to do that. Be sure to bring any other key fobs associated with that vehicle with you, as they sometimes wonít work until the new key is programmed.

2. Look for discounted replacement keys / key fobs online. Aftermarket keys or even factory replacements can sometimes be found online for less than it would cost you to get them direct from the manufacturer. You may have success with a reputable dealer on eBay, but otherwise look for companies intended specifically to replace car keys. Again, the older the vehicle and simpler the key, the easier it will be to replace.
1). Try a site like KeylessRide, for example. They usually have keys and will be able to cut keys based on the number you give them.
2). Select your year, make, and model and choose the order by VIN service.

3). Order using the instructions given. You'll be able to receive your keys within days.

4). Once you get the keys, you can program them to your car without a technician. The instructions are usually included with the new key, but your ownerís manual may be of service. Depending on the car, reprogramming usually involves opening and closing the doors and/or turning lights and other electronics on and off.

3. Check to see if key replacement is covered by your warrantee. If you have a very new or high-end vehicle whose key cannot be replaced by anyone but the manufacturer/distributer, you may be able to get a discount through your warrantee. Bring all your carís information, a valid photo ID, and any other sets of keys careucar you may have to the dealership. (Other keys may be rendered useless until the new one is programmed.)

Malfunctioning/Dead Key
1. Reset all your keys. A key fob may stop working properly after a change or repair to your carís electrical systems (such as replacing the battery, for example). Find your ownerís manual (or hunt one down online) and reset all the keys according to the instructions provided.
2. Replace the battery. A replacement battery for a key fob is usually inexpensive and can be found online (or sometimes at a locksmith that caters to cars) via the make, model, year, and VIN number of the car. Most batteries should be simple enough for you to replace yourself.
You can also go straight to the dealer or manufacturer, but this may be more expensive, especially if they charge for labor when they install the new battery. Check your carís warrantee to see if battery replacement is covered.
3.Reprogram the key. If you donít want to do this yourself, you can get help from some locksmiths or even the carís dealership, but the simplest solution is usually to follow the instructions provided in your ownerís manual.
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