Volvo keys are made with transponder technology to protect the vehicle against theft. This technology involves an immobiliser in the vehicle's antenna that communicates with a chip inside the Volvo keys. If a key is put into the Volvo ignition without a chip or with a chip that does not match up with the antenna immobiliser, then the vehicle will not start. Due to this technology, you cannot go just anywhere to have replacement Volvo keys made for your vehicle.
Go to a local locksmith to see if they can make Volvo keys for you. If the key you need made is not one that requires an immobiliser chip, then a locksmith will be able to make the keys.
Call local Volvo dealers in your area for a price quote on getting keys made. The price varies by dealer but ranges between £91 to £130, as of January 2010.
Visit the Volvo dealer that gave you the best price for getting keys made for your Volvo. Give the dealer your key code. This is a code that Volvo dealers provide when a new Volvo is purchased. It is used to create replacement keys. If you do not have your key code, the dealer can hook your Volvo up to a diagnostic system to get the key code. Wait at the dealer while your Volvo keys are made.
Volvo keys older than the late 1980s models do not have chips in them and can be made by any locksmith.
Some Volvo dealers do not have the capability to cut keys and will have to get your new key shipped to them.