How to replace an Audi key

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How to replace an Audi key
Newer Audis are more expensive to get replacement keys for. (Getty Images)

A lost or damaged Audi key means you won't be going anywhere in your car anytime soon -- not until you get a replacement key. Replacement Audi keys are available only from an Audi dealer or an independent dealer authorised for Audi key replacement. New Audi cars come equipped with the Audi Smart Key, which is a programmable key that uses an electronic code to start your vehicle. The cost to replace a smart key is more expensive than the cost to replace an ordinary key for an older Audi, and prices may vary between dealerships and other Audi key replacement facilities.

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    Visit the Audi dealership locator website. There's a link to the site in the Resources section below. Enter the postcode or city you live in. Click "Search," and the website will list nearby Audi dealers; the closest dealers will show up on the list first. There is also an interactive map showing the dealers' locations.

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    Click on the dealership's name. Call the phone number that appears to set up an appointment. Tell them that you need a key replacement.

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    Bring your driver's license to the dealership; you will be asked for ID verification when you arrive. A qualified locksmith will create a new key for you. You'll receive the key at the dealership. The locksmith will also disable your old key, if you have a new Audi that uses the Audi Smart Key.

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