Getting a car key cut - not an emergency

Brendan Burgess

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I can't find my spare key for my Audi A3 but I do have my main one.

I don't want to find myself needing an emergency service.

Can I get a key cut at my leisure?

Most of the websites seem to be aimed at emergency cases.

I tried these guys, but annoyingly, after filling in the information for a quote, they say that they will be in touch.


Brendan
 

noproblem

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Most good locksmiths provide the service. Think it has to be either a main garage dealership or registered locksmiths for security reasons.
 

Brendan Burgess

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Thanks

So, is it just like a house key? I walk in with my existing key, and they copy it?

I have the original key code.

Brendan
 

JohnJay

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Most keys these days have a chip embedded in them that also needs to be programmed. This talks to your immobiliser and allows your car to start. Car keys are usually a specialist thing and its not something that you will get cut in your local Woodies.
 

tallpaul

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Go to your local Audi garage and ask them to order you a new key. Simplest method and you know that it is guaranteed to work.
 

Brendan Burgess

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Hi np

I filled in that form and got no response which is very annoying.

Or have I missed something on their website that tells me the price?

Brendan
 

Brendan Burgess

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I went into a locksmith today and he told me that he did not cut Audi keys.

He recommended these guys https://www.centralkey.com/docs/Locat/LocatGMap.html

He suggested that a lot of the people who claim to cut keys for cars don't do it accurately enough. It did surprise me on one website that they gave a one year guarantee.

I will try Audi as well. I had just assumed that they would be a crazy price.

Brendan
 

Brendan Burgess

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Audi couldn't price it over the phone but said it would be "at least €400 to €500".

Centralkey told me that it would be about €60 to €70 but their key would not open the central locking. (Which would be fine for a spare key)

They recommended https://lockdoctor.ie/car-keys-2/ who would call to the house and do it and give me the full working key. Their website explains the process. Over the phone, they said it would be about €100 for a non-remote key. €190 for a remote key. If I get stuck on the side of the road without a key, it would be about €290.

Brendan
 
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noproblem

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Hi np

I filled in that form and got no response which is very annoying.

Or have I missed something on their website that tells me the price?

Brendan
Annoying yes, but was hoping they would come back to you with what you needed including the price. Might be the time of year is all I can think of as to why they've not responded.
 

Alkers86

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I've been passing by these at Newlands Cross for years. I've never used them, just aware of what they do. https://www.autokey.ie
I've used their Swords branch. Cost me €160 for a new key for what is a rare model, had to leave the car and key with them for a couple of hours. Main dealer wanted £400 (yes sterling). If you don't get this done and end up losing the other key, you will be looking at a lot larger bill.
 
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