Volkswagen Non Transponder Car Key Replacement VW71A – All You Need To Know In One Place

 

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VW71A replacement car key – Overview

Where can I get a new key made?

Does this key have a chip in it? Will I need to code or program it in order to start my car?

How much does it cost to get a VW71A replacement key?

I have one working key and would like to get a copy. How and where can I do get that made?

What information do I need to give the locksmith or dealer when I call for service?

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Overview:

The VW71A key is a non-transponder key, mostly used for Volkswagen models made BEFORE 1980. It is used for different models and different years. 

As this key does not have a transponder chip – there is no need for it to be programmed or coded to start your vehicle.

VW71A is sold under a few additional names – VO1, VO-R, depending on the manufacturer. However, VW71A is the most common one.

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Where can I get a new car key made?

Generally speaking, you have three options:

  1. First, call an automotive locksmith – in most cases, this would be your best choice since most dealers do not keep codes for older models on file.
  2. Order the key online – you can order a key blank online and then call a locksmith to cut it for you. However, please keep in mind that this will not save you much money as it’s a pretty cheap key anyway and the locksmith will probably have some in stock.
  3. Dealer – most dealers do not keep key codes for older models (more than 10 years) on file. However, it’s worth a try.

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Is programming or coding needed for the VW71A key? Does this key have a chip in it? Will it needed to be coded to the car?

This VW71A is a non-transponder key and therefore no programming or coding is needed. In addition, if you have the key security code (and if you don’t you can sometimes get it from a dealer), you can take it to a local locksmith and they should be able to cut you a key on site.

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How much does it usually cost?

We checked the average price for this key with dealers, automotive locksmiths and online. Needless to say, the price varies and depends on where you get it, the time of day, and your location (mobile locksmith service or dealer).

The prices mentioned below are only rough estimates.

Dealer:

If the dealer has the security code on file – it should cost no more than $30. However, dealers don’t usually keep records of key codes for cars that are more than 10 years-old. 

Automotive locksmith:

On site, mobile service – typically around $40 for the service call out plus about $50 for labor and the key itself.

Locksmith shop (where the locksmith has the key code on file): About $50.

Key only online:

(Uncut): About $1.

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I already have a working key. Can I get a duplicate made at the hardware store/locksmith shop/dealership and will it start the car?

Yes. As VW71A is a non-transponder key, you can make copies at any hardware store or locksmith.

We recommend making extra copies and keeping the key code in a safe place in case you lose your car keys in the future.

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What information will I need to give the locksmith or dealer when I call for service?

First, make sure you have the exact year, make and model, e.g. 1979 Volkswagen Microbus.

In addition, write down the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) of the car which you can find on the left side of the dashboard near the side mirror. The VIN will help the locksmith or dealer verify the year, make and model of the car.

It’s important to ask if you can come and pick up the key, or if the car has to be present. When key codes are not available (as happens with older models), an onsite service may be required to make a new key.

You can, of course, tow the car to the locksmith shop, but that would be more expensive.

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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