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Car Key Prices

What makes up a car key? What are the charges and costs? Why do they cost what they do? What exactly am I paying for?

The prices of car keys can vary dependant on the vehicles type of transponder technology, the cost of software to do the programming, and the key itself.

Part / Charge 1 (Key Blade)

To start with we need the correct key, and it has to be cut to the correct pattern for your vehicle. This is responsible for manually opening the vehicle in the door locks, and being able to turn your ignition on, providing power to various electrical circuits.


Part / Charge 2 (Transponder Chip)

This is the transponder chip, of which there are many different types. Transponder chips will require coding to the vehicle, in order to disable the immobiliser when the ignition has been turned on.


Part / Charge 3 (Central Locking Remote)

Central locking remote fob. Only responsible for operating your central locking system via the remote. (Once programmed to your vehicle.) This is not responsible in anyway for immobiliser operation.

Part / Charge 4 (Diagnostic Programming / Coding)

The coding procedure. All transponders and most remotes require programming to your vehicles security systems. It is carried out diagnostically, using sophisticated software to access these systems.

We chose a Ford 3 Button remote key for the purpose this explanation, however newer keys have the immobiliser chip and remote circuitry integrated. Once programmed to a vehicle these lock and cannot be re-used (re-programmed) to another vehicle. Only virgin keys can be coded.


Sadly like any automotive part, car keys do not depreciate in value due to:

A vehicles age

A vehicles condition

A vehicles value

The same work and cost has to be put into making one regardless of the above.


Some examples below of parts 1,2&3 together.


Renault Megane / Scenic Cards

Peugeot & Citroen remote transponder keys.

Vauxhall remote transponder keys.


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