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Car Key Programming – Find a Auto Locksmith (Any Car Model)

If you need a car key programming a MLA approved locksmith who specialises in offering an Auto Locksmith Service will be able to help replace or repair any remote key fob if the car key’s remote is broken/damaged, provide a replacement remote fob or transponder key and even help with lost car keys.

Most auto locksmiths offer an emergency mobile roadside service if you need a car key programming or the remote key fob repaired urgently.

Car Key Programming Near You – Fobs & Remotes

We have over 100 Auto Locksmiths in the UK that specialise in programming car keys including key fobs and remote car keys.

Car Key Programming Near You

Car Key Programming – Remote Car Key Fobs & Transponder Keys

A auto locksmith who specialises in car key programming will be able to help with the following problems:

  • Repair car key fobs and provide replacement fob
  • Remote car key fob is not working
  • Transponder key is broken/damaged
  • Provide a spare transponder key
  • Transponder chip inside the car key remote is broken or damaged
  • Lost your car key fob
  • Reprogram car key fobs

Find out the cheapest way to get replacement car keys with our guide we also tell you the fastest way to get vehicle keys.

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Types of Car Keys That Need Programming

Since 1995 vehicles are legally required to have an immobiliser system.  To work this requires a transponder key with an electronic chip.  The car only starts if the ignition receives the correct code when the key is turned.

Image of Car Keys

Common types of keys that will need reprogramming include:

  • Car key with remote fob ( remote keys ) – provide keyless entry to the vehicle
  • Car key with integrated transponder chip ( transponder key ) – cars built after 1995
  • Flip type keys + key cards

My Car Keys are Pre 1995 – No Programming Required

Pre 1995 transponder car keys will not need programming but you will need to find a locksmith specialising in car key cutting and copying vehicle keys.

How long does it take to program a key to your car?

Some auto locksmiths will have the ability to cut and programme a ‘cloned key’ in minutes. The vehicle itself may have to be present, to ‘read’ some wireless information from a key ‘working’ in the ignition.

Car Key Programming with Hickleys Key Programming Tool

Remote Car Key Fob programmed using diagnostic tool

Why it may take longer to program car keys

Some keys cannot be ‘cloned’ and may need a diagnostic machine to complete the process.

Also, some vehicles MAY require a ‘login’ code or PIN before the programming software will allow the diagnostics-machine to access the vehicle.

Can you program a Car Key Yourself?

In general NO, very few can be done without some vehicle diagnostics.   The internet may say otherwise, but there are variations from country to country.

Some advancements have been made recently, where the key fob can be ‘cloned’ which is scary but is probably being developed for high-street key cutters, but it’s early days yet for full-coverage.

How much does it cost to program a key to a car?

The price to program a car key to a vehicle all depends on your vehicle make, model and year, this makes a big difference to the cost. Some car keys to program can cost from £50 to over £200 for other vehicle models.

The price to program a car key is usually so high because the software used can cost over £20,000.

We recommend phoning an auto locksmith near you and giving them your vehicle year, make and model to get a quote.

Can a key fob be reprogrammed for another car?

In some cases YES, but it depends on the year/make/model. Some cars now have the transponder integrated into the circuit board of the remote-fob, these cannot usually be reused.

Car Key Programming Near You

We have over 100 Auto Locksmiths in the UK that specialise in programming car keys including key fobs and remote car keys.

Car Key Programming In Your Area

What is the difference between a transponder key & a remote key?

The main difference between a transponder key and the remote key fob is how they operate:

  • Both keys usually have the same appearance

Remote Key

  • Is run by a radio frequency so you can lock and unlock your car via the key blade and remote
  • If the remote key does not work, you can use the standard flat car key to start the vehicle.

Transponder Key:

  • Is also run by a radio frequency which allows you to unlock and lock the vehicle


The key fob for a transponder key also has an electronic chip inside which remotely responds to the ignition, without it, the engine will not start & a thief cannot disarm the alarm system.

Car Key Programming for any Model of Car & Van Key 

Car keys that be programmed and reprogrammed

A auto locksmith can cut, program/reprogram & provide replacement car keys for remote fobs and transponder keys for most vehicle manufacturers, if your car key is damaged then a locksmith should be able to repair & provide a replacement set.

Car Keys We Can Program

Below are some of the most recognized models that auto locksmiths will be able to help with:

  • Alfa Romeo
  • Aston Martin
  • Audi
  • Bentley
  • BMW
  • Bugatti
  • Citroen
  • Daewoo
  • DAF
  • Daihatsu
  • Ferrari
  • Fiat
  • Ford
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Isuzu
  • Iveco
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Jensen
  • Kawasaki
  • Kia
  • Lamborghini
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • Lotus
  • Maserati
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes
  • Mini / Mini Cooper
  • Mitsubishi
  • MG
  • Nissan
  • Peugeot
  • Porsche
  • Renault
  • Rolls Royce
  • Rover
  • Saab
  • Scania
  • Seat
  • Skoda
  • Ssangyong
  • Subaru
  • Suzuki
  • Toyota
  • Vauxhall
  • Volkswagen VW
  • Volvo
  • Yamaha

Don’t see your model of car be listed above? give an MLA auto locksmith a call to help you.

For emergency replacement key programming out of normal work hours then you will need a contact a 24-hour emergency locksmith.

Auto Locksmith Near You

We have over 100 Auto Locksmiths in the UK that specialise in vehicle keys and locks.

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Further Reading

Why use a MLA Approved Locksmith?

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