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

AMC Encore key replacement - All you need to know

AMC Encore key replacement – All you need to know


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In this article:

AMC Encore Replacement Car Keys – Introduction

AMC Encore Keys Replacements by Year – Not sure which key you had: regular, transponder chip, or remote key fob? Find out here

Have you lost your AMC Encore car keys? – How do I get a replacement key? What options do I 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 VIN?

AMC Encore Key Programming – Which keys can you program yourself? How to program & more.

Keyless Entry Information AMC Encore



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

Non-Transponder Keys: 1986.

    • Please keep in mind that while some keys or keys may look the same, they have different capabilities/frequencies/keyways. Therefore, having the right key is essential.


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



1986: (X150/RN27)

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1986: (X147/RN30)

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


Generally speaking, you have three options:

  1. Call an automotive locksmith that offers a mobile service for AMC Encore cars. We can help you with that.
  2. Tow the car to the shop/mechanic.
  3. Order a new ignition/key online and have a mechanic or locksmith install and code it for you (if necessary).

A word of caution: The type of key you need depends on the year and model of your AMC Encore. Therefore, the options for getting a new key made and programmed depends on whether you need a transponder or a regular key.

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

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

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

Also, 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). The VIN helps the locksmith or dealer verify the year, make, and model of the car and determine which key you had.

Finally, make sure you can show ownership of the car by having the necessary documents – 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 without the original? What is the average price?

AMC Encore Key Replacement Cost - Estimate only

AMC Encore Key Replacement Cost – Estimate only


In short, replacing an AMC Encore key can cost between $50 to $120. The cost 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

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


the price depends on where you get a key replacement. Did your replacement key come from the dealer, or an automotive locksmith? Or did you get it online? Click here to get a more detailed explanation of how to get a replacement key.

The dealer usually charges about 10% to 15% less for the replacement key than a locksmith would charge. However, you will likely have to tow the car there to program the new key or remote. Therefore, the total price is usually higher.


consider that if you have a locksmith come out and make you a new key outside regular business hours, the price may increase.


in case your ignition cylinder has been changed, which is quite common in older cars, that probably means that the code for the key may not be useful. In these instances, the key will have to be cut manually by a locksmith, or you will have to change the ignition again, which in this case, the dealer can’t help.

For a more detailed explanation and GREAT TIPS on how to save money, please visit our blog post: Car keys replacement costs

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

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

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

  1. For AMC Encore vehicles that are older than ten years, there are no codes available. So, an automotive locksmith is your only option to get a replacement key.
  2. For AMC vehicles equipped with a transponder system and/or remote, intelligent key, or fob key, codes are available. However, programming is necessary. 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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Q: AMC Encore key programming – Which keys can you program yourself? Which keys require a programming tool? & more

A: AMC has different types of keys. Some require programming, and some don’t. All transponder chip keys and/or smart key fobs need to be programmed. This process requires a special programming machine that only an automotive locksmith or the dealer has. There is no need to program non-transponder metal keys.

To make things simple, we divided all AMC keys into two categories:

  1. No programming needed (Non-transponder keys).
  2. Keys that needs to be programmed (Transponder or remote keys). These keys required the expertise of an automotive locksmith or the dealer.


No Programming needed:

Car Key Cutting Machine

Car Key Cutting Machine

AMC non-transponder keys are metal keys that have no chip in them. Therefore, no programming is needed.

X150/RN27, X147/RN30.


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

These keys, also known as remote smart keys, intelligent keys or key fobs, and transponder keys, have a security chip. Programming is needed. Also, a special machine is needed to program them. An automotive locksmith or dealer should do it for you. This process must be followed for most models made after 1998.

The AMC Encore has none of this key type – all 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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