How do I order a key for my car?

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How do I order a key for my car?
Prevent being locked out of your car by ordering a spare key. (car key and remote control isolated image by Nikolay Okhitin from

Car keys can be easy to misplace and difficult to find, especially if you are in a rush. Most vehicle owners have one key and key fob for their car, leaving them scrambling for a solution when this happens. To avoid such a situation, order a spare set of keys and place them in safe location. Doing so will allow you to save time and money, while preventing stress.

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    Locate your vehicle registration form. Your registration form contains your vehicle's year, make, model and vehicle identification number, also known as your VIN number. If you have locked your keys in your car or your keyless remote device, known as a key fob, is broken and you are unable open your car, write your vehicle information down on a piece of paper. Include your VIN number; on most cars manufactured after 1969, the VIN is visible through the windshield and is located on the driver's side dashboard. You will need this information to order keys for your car.

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    Visit the car dealership where your vehicle was purchased or a local dealership. Inquire about ordering a replacement key or a new key for your car. The dealer will need to see your registration form to obtain the information needed to produce the key. In most cases, a new key will be cut and programmed for you, if needed, right there at the dealership. The cost for the service will vary, depending on your location. In order to correctly program your new key, you may need to bring all existing keys with you to the dealership.

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    Contact a reputable locksmith in your area. Provide the locksmith with your vehicle information, including your VIN number, which is used as a code to correctly cut your key. Locksmiths are able to program many keys and key fobs just as a dealer can, for a fraction of the price. Test your keys before leaving the locksmith's shop to ensure your keys are working properly.

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    Search online for a reliable car key retailer, which sell both genuine factory keys or aftermarket keys. To order online, you will need to enter your vehicle's information. You may purchase a blank key, which can be taken to a locksmith or dealer to be cut and programmed. Some online retailers can cut keys if provided with an electronic key code, which may have been given to you upon purchasing the vehicle.

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