Volkswagen T1 Van Bus Car Key Replacement – All the Information You Need to Get a New Volkswagen T1 Key. Tips, Costs, Your Options, and More.

Volkswagen T1 key replacement - All you need to know

Volkswagen T1 key replacement – All you need to know

 

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Volkswagen T1 replacement car keys – Introduction

Volkswagen T1 keys replacement by year – not sure which key you had: regular, transponder chip, or remote key fob? Find out here

Automotive locksmith сoding a Volkswagen key

Automotive locksmith сoding a Volkswagen key

Have you lost your Volkswagen T1 car key? – How do I get a replacement key? What options do I have?

Volkswagen T1 key replacement near me – things to remember before calling a locksmith

Volkswagen T1 car key replacement cost

Key coding and programming machine for cars

Key coding and programming machine for cars

Can I get a replacement Volkswagen T1 key by Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?

Volkswagen T1 key programming – Which keys can you program yourself? How to program & more.

Keyless entry information Volkswagen T1

Remote key fob for a Volkswagen

Remote key fob for a Volkswagen

 

Introduction:

Volkswagen T1 car key replacements

Volkswagen T1 car key replacements

Volkswagen T1 (Volkswagen Bus / Volkswagen Van / Volkswagen Type 2) was introduced in 1950. This model has five types of keys.

Non-transponder keys: 1968 to 1979.

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

Automotive locksmith cutting a new VW key

 

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

 

Depends on your car’s version it may be one of these options:

 

1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979: (61VW)

1968-1979 Volkswagen T1 non-transponder key replacement (61VW)

1968-1979 Volkswagen T1 non-transponder key replacement (61VW)

 

1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979: (S62DW)

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1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979: (U61VW)

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1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979: (V61VW)

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1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979: (VW71A)

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FAQ:

 

Q: I lost my Volkswagen T1 car keys. I don’t have a spare, so need a replacement. How and where can I get a replacement key?

How to get a Volkswagen T1 replacement key

How to get a Volkswagen T1 replacement key

 

Generally speaking, you have three options:

  1. Call an automotive locksmith that offers a mobile service for Volkswagen T1 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 T1. 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?

Volkswagen T1 key replacement service near your location - Tips

Volkswagen T1 key replacement service near your location – Tips

A: First, make sure you have the exact year, make, and model, e.g., 1979 Volkswagen T1.

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: Volkswagen T1 key replacement cost – How much does it cost to replace a Volkswagen T1 key without the original? What is the average price?

Volkswagen T1 key replacement cost - estimate only

Volkswagen T1 key replacement cost – estimate only

 

In short, replacing a Volkswagen T1 key can cost between $125 to $155. 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
Factors to consider about key replacement cost

Factors to consider about key replacement cost

 

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.

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.

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 a Volkswagen T1 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 T1 key programming – Which keys can you program yourself? Which keys require a programming tool? & more

Coding machine for Volkswagen keys

Coding machine for Volkswagen keys

A: Volkswagen 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 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. Therefore, no programming is needed.

61VW, S62DW, U61VW, V61VW, VW71A.

 

Volkswagen T1 keys that need to be programmed – You will need an automotive locksmith or the dealer:

Car key coding machines

Car key coding machines

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.

Volkswagen T1 has none of this key type – all Volkswagen T1 keys are non-transponder and do not need to be programmed.

 

Keyless entry information for the Volkswagen T1:

There is no available keyless entry for this model.

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