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What you should do when your Audi car key is lost and how to get a replacement:
- First, Make sure you don’t have a spare key. Many of us put one away as a backup for when we lose our key. Take a deep breath and try to remember where it is.
- In addition, if you decided to call an automotive locksmith or dealer, remember to provide the exact year, make and model, e.g. “I lost the key to my 2015 Audi Q5/ 2010 Audi A3/ 2018 Audi A6” etc. This is important so the locksmith can check if he or she has the right key blank.
- Furthermore, remember to ask if the key needs to be programmed or coded, some models do – e.g., a replacement key for 2018 Audi key fob or a 2017 Audi Q5 will need to be programmed, whereas 1994 Audi won’t.
- If you think you need a new ignition switch/ lock cylinder, first make sure you don’t simply need a new key. Changing the ignition for Audi cars is more expensive than buying a replacement key and it will mean that you will have one key for the doors and another for the ignition.
- When calling a dealer to get an Audi replacement key, ask if you can pick up the new key yourself, or whether you have to tow the car there.
- In addition, if the key won’t turn in the ignition, mention if this is something that has happened for the first time or is an ongoing problem.
- Moreover, if you have previously changed the ignition cylinder, tell the locksmith or dealer as it may prevent them from cutting you a new key by code.
- Finally, make sure you have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the car and relevant documents to show ownership of the car. The title certificate, registration papers, your ID and proof of insurance, etc.
Most Audi keys for models made after 1998 are high-security and equipped with additional security features, which only a few locksmiths can cut. In addition, models made after 2005 are equipped with a push to start high-security system, which most chances an automotive locksmith doesn’t carry the necessary equipment to make a replacement key. Therefore, contacting your local dealer would be the best option.
Q: Audi key replacement cost – How much does it cost to replace Audi key without the original? What is the average price?
A: In a nutshell, to replace an Audi key can cost anywhere between $200 and $600. The price you pay depends on several factors:
- The type of key
- The car’s year of manufacture
- The day of the week, the time of day (or night!) & your location
- Where you get the key replacement (dealer, automotive locksmith, online, etc.)
- Availability of the code to cut a new key
- Original ignition or not
The type of key you had and the year the car was manufactured are probably the most important factors as they dictate whether you need a chip, intelligent fob, “push to start”, remote, or a regular “non-transponder” key. Keys for late model cars have better security features and so you can expect to pay more than $350 for a replacement key.
In addition, it depends on where you get a key replacement. The dealer, automotive locksmith or get it online. As mentioned above, most chances the dealer would be your best and only choice as most locksmiths do not program these type of keys.
Finally, if your Audi ignition cylinder has been changed in the past (quite often the case with older cars), this probably means that the code for the key may no longer be valid, so you will either have to get a new key cut manually by a locksmith or change the ignition once again so the dealer can’t be of help.
Q: How can I know if my 2017 Audi Q5 key had a chip in it? I understand that some keys need to be programmed and some don’t?
A: A good rule of thumb is that a key that had a plastic cover at the top and/or the vehicle was manufactured after the year 1998 most likely had a chip in it.
Hence, if you’ve lost your Audi key and it had a chip in it, the key will have to be programmed/ coded on site in order to start the car.
An automotive locksmith for Audi keys replacement can do that on site. Alternatively, you can contact the dealer, but the car will have to be towed there.
In addition, for models newer than 2005, we would recommend contacting the dealer, as most locksmiths do not have the necessary coding machine to program newer Audi keys.
Below are examples of the different types of Audi keys and remote “push to start button” smart key fobs:
Fob car key – Fob remote “push to start” car key: Usually looks like some sort of remote. This fob car key has a chip and therefore will need to be programmed.
This type of key is the newest one, and only a dealer can make you a replacement key.
Below, Audi key that has a transponder chip in it and therefore NEEDS to be programmed:
Below, Audi key that doesn’t have a chip in it and therefore doesn’t NEED to be programmed:
Q: I lost my 2019 Audi Q7 car key, and have no spare. I need to know how long does it take and do you make replacement Lost Audi keys on site?
A: The process for a new Audi key or fob, can take up to two days to complete. That depends on how many keys are already programmed into the system. If you had one or two keys and they both lost, then the dealer should be able to program you a new key within an hour or two.
However, in case more than 6-7 already been lost, a new computer may be needed to be ordered and replaced and therefore the process will take longer.
Q: My 2006 Audi A4 ignition key won’t turn, what is the reason and can you change my ignition for me?
A: There are a number of reasons why the ignition key won’t turn. The key may be worn out, or jammed; the ignition may be rusty, or its wafers broken. An automotive locksmith for Audi cars can determine the reason on site and solve the problem. We can help you in this scenario.
Remember that losing your Audi ignition key does not mean that you have to change the ignition. In most cases, you won’t have to.
For more information please visit: My ignition key won’t turn
Q: My 2015 Audi A4 smart key will not start the car. The battery is new, the lights are on and the radio works. What may be the reason?
A: There are a couple of reasons for the key not starting the car – it could be a mechanical problem or a key-related problem. Please visit: My ignition key won’t start the car for more information.
Q: Can you explain why there is a difference in the cost of replacement keys between Audi models? What would be the price for a newer model at the dealer VS an automotive locksmith?
A: The price for Audi key replacement vary depends on the make and model. There are mainly two different types of Audi keys when it comes to replacement key cost:
- Non-transponder chip key – No need to program the key.
- Transponder chip keys/ Remotes keys – Coding is needed. Dealer only option
Here we will give an example of what the expected price for a key replacement would be:
Non-transponder replacement key cost –
Since these no programming is needed, you can call the dealer to cut you a new replacement key and pick it up at your convenience.
However, in case the ignition was changed before, as may happen with older models, the codes the dealer has on file will not work and therefore the key won’t turn in the ignition.
In addition, important to remember that the dealer has only codes for the original ignition and up to certain years on file. In case the car is too old, it may be a problem to get a replacement key from the dealer.
Estimated cost: Usually around $75 for a new key.
A locksmith usually charges a service fee plus the cost of the parts and labor for a replacement key. Therefore, you should expect to pay more than the dealer would charge.
However, since the cost of a non-transponder chip key is minor you shouldn’t pay much more than the dealer charge and you have the convenience of a solution at your location as many locksmiths offer mobile service.
In addition, since the cost of a non-transponder chip key is minor(compared to a transponder) you shouldn’t pay much more than the dealer charge and you have the convenience of a solution at your location as many locksmiths offer mobile service.
Estimated cost: Usually around $135.
Transponder chip / “push to start” / fob / remote Audi replacement key cost:
These types of keys have to be programmed in order to start the car and therefore the car will have to be towed to the dealership which will result in an additional cost.
The estimated cost for a transponder key: Usually around $400 for a new key.
An estimated cost for a remote key: Usually around $950 for a new key.
An automotive locksmith usually doesn’t carry the necessary keys and equipment to regenerate new Audi key fobs or transponder. Therefore, the dealer is the only option.