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

Volkswagen Golf key replacement - All you need to know

Volkswagen Golf key replacement – All you need to know

 

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In this article:

Volkswagen Golf replacement car keys – Introduction

Volkswagen Golf keys replacement by year – not sure which key you had: Was it a regular key, transponder chip, or remote key fob? Find out here

Automotive locksmith coding a Volkswagen Golf key

Automotive locksmith coding a Volkswagen Golf key

Have you lost your Volkswagen Golf car key? – How do I get a replacement key? What options do I have?

Volkswagen Golf key replacement near me – things to remember before calling a locksmith

Volkswagen Golf car key replacement cost

Key coding and programming machine for Volkswagen Golf keys

Key coding and programming machine for Volkswagen Golf keys

Tips for Volkswagen Golf key fob replacement – What to ask and verify before and after you get a new key fob

Can I get a replacement Volkswagen Golf key by Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?

Volkswagen Golf key programming – which keys can you program yourself? how to program your key & more.

Remote key fob for a Volkswagen

Remote key fob for a Volkswagen

Keyless entry information Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf key fob battery replacement – How do I change or replace the battery? What is the cost? What size is the battery? And more.

 

Introduction:

Volkswagen Golf car key replacements

Volkswagen Golf car key replacements

Volkswagen Golf  was introduced in 1974. This model has five versions (Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, Volkswagen Golf R, Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, Volkswagen e-Golf) and eight types of keys.

Remote key fob: 2021.

Transponder chip keys: 1999 to 2020.

Non-transponder keys: 1985 to 1998.

    • Please keep in mind that while some keys or key fobs may look the same, they have different capabilities/frequencies/keyways. Therefore, having the right key or key fob is essential.
    • Already have your key? Need information to guide you through programming your Volkswagen Golf transponder key? Click here for more information.
Automotive locksmith cutting a new VW key

Automotive locksmith cutting a new VW key

 

Quick access or go to FAQ

 

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

 

Volkswagen Golf w/Prox:

 

2021: (5G6959752CTAIF)

Already have a remote key fob? Click HERE for programming information.

 

Volkswagen Golf w/o Prox:

 

2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020: (NBGFS12A01)

2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Volkswagen Golf transponder key replacement (NBGFS12A01)

2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Volkswagen Golf transponder key replacement (NBGFS12A01)

Already have a key? Click HERE for programming information.

 

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015: (NBG010180T)

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Volkswagen Golf transponder key replacement (NBG010180T)

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Volkswagen Golf transponder key replacement (NBG010180T)

Already have a key? Click HERE for programming information.

 

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010: (1K0-959-753-H)

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Volkswagen Golf transponder key replacement (1K0-959-753-H)

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Volkswagen Golf transponder key replacement (1K0-959-753-H)

Already have a key? Click HERE for programming information.

 

1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006: (IJ0-959-756-DC/AM)

1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Volkswagen Golf transponder key replacement (IJ0-959-756-DC/AM)

1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Volkswagen Golf transponder key replacement (IJ0-959-756-DC/AM)

Already have a key? Click HERE for programming information.

 

1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998: (X203/V37)

 

1985, 1986, 1987: (X88/PA8)

1985, 1986, 1987 Volkswagen Golf non-transponder key replacement (X88/PA8)

1985, 1986, 1987 Volkswagen Golf non-transponder key replacement (X88/PA8)

 

Volkswagen Golf Alltrack:

 

2019, 2020: (Contact us for more information about this key)

 

2017, 2018: (5G0 959 753 BE)

2017, 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack transponder key replacement (5G0 959 753 BE)

2017, 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack transponder key replacement (5G0 959 753 BE)

Already have a key? Click HERE for programming information.

 

Volkswagen Golf R:

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022: (Contact us for more information about this key)

 

Volkswagen Golf Sport Wagen:

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020: (Contact us for more information about this key)

 

Volkswagen e-Golf:

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020: (Contact us for more information about this key)

 

 

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FAQ:

 

Q: I lost my Volkswagen Golf car keys. I don’t have a spare, so 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 Volkswagen Golf cars. We can help you with that.
  2. Tow the car to the dealer.
  3. Order a key online and have the dealer or locksmith cut and program it for you (if necessary).
Automotive locksmith cutting a new VW key

Automotive locksmith cutting a new VW key

A word of caution: The type of key you need depends on the year and model of your Volkswagen Golf. Therefore, the options for getting a new key made and programmed depend on whether you need a remote, an intelligent fob, push to start button, 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: Volkswagen Golf key replacement near me – How to find a locksmith or dealer and what should you tell them?

First, make sure you have the exact year, make, and model, e.g., 2016 Volkswagen Golf.

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

Also, keep in mind that many locksmiths offer mobile service and travel up to 30 miles radius from where their store is located. Therefore, depends on your location, it might be a good idea to expand your search and call for a few additional quotes, even if on the map, these locksmiths seems to be far from you.

All Volkswagen Golf key fob and transponder keys must be coded with the car on-site

All Volkswagen Golf key fob and transponder keys must be coded with the car on-site

Remember,

Their distance as you see on the map, is their business address, not their physical and current location. All you have to make sure, is that they carry the right equipment to cut and program your Volkswagen Golf key.

You can also try and call a few Volkswagen dealers near your location, but remember that you will need to tow the car there.

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: Volkswagen Golf key replacement cost – How much does it cost to replace a Volkswagen Golf key without the original? What is the average price?

Volkswagen Golf key replacement cost - estimate only

Volkswagen Golf key replacement cost – estimate only

 

In short, replacing a Volkswagen Golf key can cost between $130 to $350. The cost depends on a number of factors:

  1. The type of key you need
  2. The car’s year of manufacture
  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 for identifying if you need a chip, intelligent fob, “push to start”, remote, regular “non-transponder” key. The newer the car is, the better the security features the key has. On later models, you can therefore 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.

Also,

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.

High-security key coded with a special machine - Volkswagen

High-security key coded with a special machine – Volkswagen

Furthermore,

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

Finally,

If you have previously had your ignition cylinder replaced, which is quite common in older cars, this probably means that the code for the key may not be useful. In such cases, the key will have to be cut manually by a locksmith, or you will have to change the ignition again, and here the dealer can’t help.

On-site service for new transponder and key fobs - VW

On-site service for new transponder and key fobs – VW

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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Tips for Volkswagen Golf key fob replacement – What to ask and verify before and after you get a new key fob:

Volkswagen Golf key fob replacement and emergency key

Volkswagen Golf key fob replacement and emergency key

Very often when people get a replacement key fob, there are certain things they forget to check and ask the dealer or locksmith.

 

We gathered here the most relevant information and tips to make sure you won’t face a problem down the road.

First,

Make sure to get the key code of your Volkswagen Golf key fob – Every key fob, has a unique code which locksmiths and dealers use to know the exact cuts to match your ignition, door and trunk cylinders.

Obviously, this code is different from one car to another. This key code costs money, and before the locksmith or dealer cut you a new key fob, they must pay to get the code from the Volkswagen database, which may cost them up to $100. Make sure you write down this key code and keep it in a safe place. In case you lose your Volkswagen Golf key fob again in the future, it will cost you less to get a replacement, and the process will be faster.

Emergency key and key fob - Volkswagen

Emergency key and key fob – Volkswagen

Second,

Verify they cut you the emergency key, and that it works on the doors cylinders and trunk – Every key fob comes with an emergency key attached to it. The emergency key can be used to access the car in case the battery is dead.

Verify the emergency key is working smoothly on all cylinders

Verify the emergency key is working smoothly on all cylinders

Uncut emergency key on cutting machine - Automotive locksmith

Uncut emergency key on cutting machine – Automotive locksmith

Sometimes, when locksmiths or dealers program a new replacement key fob, they forget to cut the emergency key as well.

Emergency key after it was cut

Emergency key after it was cut

Make sure they cut you the emergency key and that it works for each door and the trunk to avoid a future lockout situation. It should work smoothly, just like your house key. Don’t be lazy, check it on site.

Emergency key cut - Make sure they cut it for you and check it works

Emergency key cut – Make sure they cut it for you and check it works

 

Finally,

know which battery your Volkswagen Golf key fob has – These key fobs, like all key fobs, are battery operated. Make sure you know the type of battery you need and keep a spare one. (Volkswagen Golf key fob usually use CR-2032 battery)

 

Q: Can I get a Volkswagen Golf key replacement by its VIN?

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

The VIN gives dealers or automotive locksmiths the option of accessing the key code on file – i.e., to cut you a replacement key by code which makes the process fast and easy. There are however two things to consider:

  1. If your vehicle is older than 10 years, Volkswagen dealers will no longer have its key code record, so an automotive locksmith will be your only option to get a replacement key.
  2. For vehicles equipped with a transponder system and/or a remote/intelligent key/fob key, the codes should be available. However, as coding is required, you will have to either tow the car to the dealer, or have an automotive locksmith come and code the key on site.

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Q: Volkswagen Golf key programming – which keys can you program yourself? Which keys require a programming tool? & more

A: Volkswagen Golf 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 Volkswagen Golf keys into two categories:

  1. No programming needed (Non-transponder keys).
  2. Keys that need 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

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

X203/V37, X88/PA8.

 

For Volkswagen Golf keys that need to be programmed, you will need an automotive locksmith or the dealer:

Car key coding machine for Volkswagen key fobs and transponder keys

Car key coding machine for Volkswagen key fobs and transponder keys

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.

5G6959752CTAIF, NBGFS12A01, 5G0 959 753 BE, 1K0-959-753-H, NBG010180T, IJ0-959-756-DC/AM.

 

Keyless entry information for the Volkswagen Golf:

For year models 1999 to 2021, there is a built-in keyless entry in the remote key fob and transponder flip keys.

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Volkswagen Golf key fob battery – important information: How to replace, size, cost, and more.

Volkswagen Golf model has different kinds of keys. If your model uses a key fob, here is some important information you should know about the battery.

Things to remember when your Volkswagen Golf key fob battery is dead:

First, even if the key fob’s battery is dead, you still can unlock and start your Golf. You can use the emergency key provided with the key fob to unlock the doors as shown below:

Volkswagen key fob and emergency key

Volkswagen key fob and emergency key

 

The key fob on the inside - Battery, chip and emergency key

The key fob on the inside – Battery, chip and emergency key

How to start Volkswagen Golf with a dead key fob?

You can start your Volkswagen Golf by pushing the “Start” button with your key fob. The car’s computer recognizes the chip inside the key fob and authorizes the process.

Push the "start" button with your dead key fob to start the car like in this picture

Push the “start” button with your dead key fob to start the car like in this picture

This way, you will be able to start your vehicle EVEN if the key fob battery is dead.

 

Volkswagen Golf key fob battery information:

Volkswagen Golf key fob is battery operated. Every two years or so, or when the battery is low, you may need to change the key fob battery. Here is all the information you need.

The type of battery you need is a CR-2032. The average price for these batteries is about $5.

You can order one online here.

Also, you can find it at Home Depot, Walmart, AutoZone, etc.

 

Here is some general information about the Volkswagen Golf key fob battery:

Type of battery: CR-2032 lithium

CR-2032 key fob battery replacement

CR-2032 key fob battery replacement

Size: Diameter – 20 mm, height – 3.2 mm

Finally, remember that your battery life depends on several factors such as usage, weather conditions, etc. To better protect your Volkswagen Golf key fob and extend its battery life, it may be a good idea to have a key fob cover or a case. You can order one online here.

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