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What to do when your BMW key is lost:

  • First, make sure you don’t have a spare key. Many times, we put a key somewhere just for this day when we will lose our key and forget about it.
  • In addition, in case you decided to call an automotive locksmith for BMW cars, remember to provide the exact year, make and model, e.g. “I lost my 2012 BMW series 2 car keys, I lost my 2017 BMW series 4 push to start key” etc.
  • Furthermore, always ask if the key needs to be programmed, i.e. Lost 2016 BMW key fob laser cut key needs to be programmed, while 1996 BMW  doesn’t.
  • In addition, in case you need a new ignition, make sure you tried getting a new key first. Changing the ignition for BMW cars is more expensive and it will result in a different key for the doors and ignition.
  • Moreover, if you decided to call the dealer to get a replacement BMW key, ask if you can pick up the new key, or should tow the car there.
  • Finally, before calling an automotive locksmith or towing the car to the dealer, make sure you have all the necessary documents, i.e. title, ID, registration and VIN of the car.

 

Important:

Most BMW models made after 1998 are equipped with high-security keys, 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, your local dealer would be the best option.

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Q: How much does it cost to get a replacement remote key fob for my 2011  BMW series 3? I lost my original key, have no spare and need a copy or a duplicate key made.

BMW Replacement Key Cost- Original from the Dealer

BMW Replacement Key Cost- Original from the Dealer

A: That depends on the year, make and model of your car. To replace a BMW key ranges between $200-$1000. However, that price may vary depends on the availability of code, type of key (chip, fob, “push to start”, remote), your location, time of day and more.

As mentioned above, due to BMW unique security systems, most chances only the dealer can replace the key for you and therefore we recommend checking with a few dealerships before making a decision as there is a big difference between one another.

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Q: How can I know if my 2013 BMW  Series 1 key had a chip in it? I understand that some keys need to be programmed and some don’t?

A: Generally speaking, BMW models made after the year 2000, most chances had a chip in it.

Therefore, if you lost your BMW key and the key had a chip in it, it will have to be programmed on site.

For models newer than 2005, you can be almost certain that programming is required, and therefore the dealer would be your best choice.

If your key was a blank metal key, then the key is a non-transponder/ chip key and a BMW dealer or an automotive locksmith for BMW cars can cut the key without the need to program it.

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.
BMW Remote Car Key Replacement

BMW Remote Car Key Replacement

Below, BMW key that has a transponder chip in it and therefore NEEDS to be programmed:
BMW High Security Car Key With a Chip

BMW High Security Car Key With a Chip

 

Below, BMW key that doesn’t have a chip in it and therefore doesn’t NEED to be programmed:

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Non-Transponder BMW Key – No need to program

 

 

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Q: I lost my 2016 BMW series 4 fob car key, and have no spare. I need to know how long does it take and do you make replacement Lost BMW keys on site?

A: The process for a new BMW 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.

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Q: My 1997 BMW Series 1 ignition key won’t turn and my steering wheel is locked. What is the reason and can you change my ignition for me? What should I do? How can I get a new BMW  ignition?

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A: There may be a few reasons why the ignition key won’t turn. Worn out key, stuck, rusted ignition or broken wafers. An automotive locksmith for BMW cars can determine the reason on site and solution. We can help you with that.

In addition, in case you lost your BMW ignition key, please remember that in most cases, there is no need to change the ignition. For more information please visit: My ignition key wont turn

 

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Q: My BMW 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 may be a few reasons why the key won’t start the car. A mechanical problem or key related problem. Please visit: My ignition key won’t start the car for more information.

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Q: Can you explain why there is a difference in the cost of replacement keys between BMW models? What would be the price for a newer model at the dealer VS an automotive locksmith?

A: The price for BMW key replacement vary depends on the make and model. There are mainly two different type of BMW keys when it comes to replacement key cost:

  1. Non-transponder chip key – No need to program the key.
  2. Transponder chip keys – Need to program the key.

 

Here we will give an example of what the expected price for a key replacement would be:

Non-transponder replacement key cost –

Non-transponder BMW key Replacement

Non-transponder BMW key Replacement

Dealer –

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.

Automotive locksmith:

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 BMW replacement key cost:

remote BMW replacement key cost

remote BMW replacement key cost

BMW Transponder Key fob Key Replacement

BMW Transponder Key fob Key Replacement

Dealer –

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 $300 for a new key.

An estimated cost for a remote key: Usually around $1000 for a new key.

 

Automotive locksmith:

An automotive locksmith usually doesn’t carry the necessary keys and equipment to regenerate new BMW key fobs or transponder. Therefore, the dealer is the only option.

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