Losing a set of car keys and calling a locksmith can be a costly lesson. I recently I lost a key to a 2005 Toyota Camry. It pays to always keep a spare handy. When deciding what to do about a new key there are several things you may or may not consider doing, everything affects the price. Going to the Car dealership is not the always most economical. Calling a locksmith is and can be an easier route.
Most cars today have remote entry and or remote start. My vehicle does not have a key fob but is a metal key encased in rubber. This particular key in fact contains a computerized chip. When calling around Locksmiths will have a wide range of prices. Metal keys are not metal keys anymore.
There is usually a service charge by the locksmith just for coming out. A locksmith will also have a minimum labor fee. When speaking to an auto locksmith they will require proof that you are the registered owner of the vehicle. When a car has a computer chip the locksmith has to pay for what is called a “programming fee” and this cost is passed on to you to cover their cost.
In some cases your key is separate to open the car and drive the car. My key opens both my car doors, trunk (or boot) and turns the ignition over. The locksmith said if you have a separate key for the door and ignition chances are your vehicle does not have its original ignition. Fortunately, for me I only have the one key. The locksmith said that this is the most common situation.
The locksmith will charge a higher price for the first key and a lower price for the second. Having an ignition barrel switched out verses a duplicate key made will bring the cost even higher. The best way to avoid overpricing or higher costs is to call around to different locksmiths, do some research and come up with the best solution for you.
– D. Long, San Diego