AMC Encore Lost Car Key Replacement – All the Information You Need to Get a New AMC Encore Key. Tips, Cost, Your Options and More.

AMC Encore Car Keys Replacement

AMC Encore Car Keys Replacement


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In this article:

AMC Encore replacement car keys – Introduction

AMC Encore keys replacement by year – find what key you had: a regular, transponder chip or remote key fob? Find out here

Have you lost your AMC Encore car keys? – Find out here how to get a replacement key, what options you have.

AMC Encore key replacement near me – things to remember before calling a locksmith

AMC Encore car key replacement cost

Can I get a replacement AMC Encore key by Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?

AMC Encore key programming – Which keys you can program yourself, how to program your key & more

Keyless entry information AMC Encore



The AMC Encore was introduced in 1984. This model has two types of keys.

Non Transponder Key: 1986 – Two types of keys.

  • Please keep in mind that while some keys/remotes may look the same they have different capabilities/frequencies/keyways and therefore it is important to have the right key/remote.


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Click on the type of key you had/ year below to get the most accurate information:



1986: (X150/RN27)



1986: (X147/RN30)



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I lost my AMC Encore keys, have no spare, and need a replacement. How and where can I get a replacement key?

AMC Encore Car Keys Replacement

AMC Encore Car Keys Replacement

For a more detailed explanation including tips on how to SAVE TIME AND MONEY please visit our blog post: How to get a replacement key.

Generally speaking, you have three options:

  1. First, call an automotive locksmith that offers a mobile service for AMC Encore cars. We can help you with this option.
  2. Second, have your car towed to an official dealer.
  3. Third, order a key online and have the dealer or locksmith cut and program it (if necessary) for you.

A word of caution: The type of key you need will depend on the year and model of your AMC Encore.

Therefore, the options on how to get a new key made and programmed depending on whether you need a remote, an intelligent FOB, push to start button, a transponder or a regular key.

Click here to see the type of keys for each model or select your car’s year of manufacture to get the most accurate information and options.

Not ready to call for service just yet? Click here for some GREAT ideas on how to find lost car keys.

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What should I tell the locksmith or dealer when I call for service?

First, make sure you have the exact year, make and model, e.g. 1986 AMC Encore.

In addition, write down the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) of the car located on the left side of the dashboard near the mirror (Click here for more information). That would help the locksmith or dealer verifying the year, make and model of the car and the type of key you had.

Finally, make sure you can show ownership of the car by having the necessary documents. The title, ID, insurance card, etc.

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Q: AMC Encore key replacement cost – How much does it cost to replace an AMC Encore key if I don’t have the original? What is the average price?

AMC Encore Key Replacement Cost - Estimate, Key Only

AMC Encore Key Replacement Cost – Estimate, Key Only

The answer below is a short explanation. For a more detailed explanation and GREAT TIPS on how to save money, please visit our blog post: Car keys replacement cost

A: In short, to replace an AMC Encore key can cost between $70-$190. It depends on a few factors:

  1. Type of key
  2. The year manufactured
  3. Time of day & your location
  4. Where you get a key replacement (Dealer, automotive locksmith, online, etc.)
  5. Availability of code to cut a new key
  6. Original ignition or not

    Price of cutting a new AMC Encore key may vary

    Price of cutting a new AMC Encore key may vary

The type of key you had and the year the car was manufactured are maybe the most important factors (chip, intelligent fob, “push to start”, remote, regular “non-transponder” key). The newer the car is, the better security features the key had and therefore you can expect to pay more than $250 for a replacement key. Click here to see this model type of key you had for a more accurate price and information.

In addition, it depends on where you get a key replacement. The dealer, automotive locksmith or get it online. Click here to get a more detailed explanation of how to get a replacement key.

The dealer usually charges about 10%-15% less than a locksmith would for the key. However, most chances you will have to tow the car there to program the new key or remote and therefore the total price is usually higher.

Furthermore, consider that if you are looking to have a locksmith to come out and make you a new key outside regular business hours, the price may go up.

Finally, in case your ignition cylinder was changed before (usually with older cars), that probably means that the code for the key may not be useful and the key will have to be either cut manually by a locksmith or to change the ignition again which in this case the dealer can’t be of help.

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Q: Can I get an AMC Encore key replacement by VIN?

A: That depends on the year of your model and the type of key you had.

The VIN allows the dealer or automotive locksmith access to the key code on file, i.e. they can cut you a replacement key by code which makes the process very fast and easy. You must, however, consider two things:

  1. For AMC Encore vehicles that are older than 10 years: There are no codes available. Therefore, an automotive locksmith is your only option to get a replacement key.
  2. For AMC vehicles that are equipped with a transponder system and/or remote/ intelligent key/ fob key: Codes are available. However, programming is necessary and therefore you will have to either tow the car to the dealer or have an automotive locksmith come and program the key on site.

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AMC Encore key programming – which keys you can program yourself, which keys require programming tools & more

The AMC has different types of keys. Some require programming and some do not. All transponder chip keys and/or smart key fobs need to be programmed with a special programming machine that only an automotive locksmith or the dealer has. There is no need to program non-transponder metal keys.

To keep things simple, we divide all AMC keys into two categories:

  1. No programming needed (Non-transponder keys)
  2. Keys that need to be programmed, which means you will need an automotive locksmith or the dealer (transponder or remote keys)


No Programming needed:

AMC Encore non-transponder keys are metal keys that have no chip in them and therefore no programming is needed:

X150/RN27, X147/RN30.


AMC Encore keys that need to be programmed and you will need an automotive locksmith or the dealer:

Car Key Programming Tool

Car Key Programming Tool

Keys in this category, such as remote smart keys, intelligent keys or key fobs, as well as transponder keys, have a security chip in them, which requires programming. A special machine is needed to program them and so you will need an automotive locksmith or dealer to do it for you (Usually for models manufactured after 1998).

None – The AMC Encore keys are non-transponder and do not need to be programmed.



Keyless entry information for the AMC Encore:

There is no available keyless entry for this model.

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