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    Mind the Gap
    Cheapest (legal!) way to get new car key
    • #1
    • 22nd May 11, 7:59 AM
    Cheapest (legal!) way to get new car key 22nd May 11 at 7:59 AM
    Hi, everyone. Hope this is the right place to put this question.

    My mother has lost the spare key for her 5-year-old Astra. It's not a hi-tech remote control one - you have to put the key in the lock and turn it. It also starts the ignition, but we are told that to do that, it probably has a microchip in it. She has been told by the main dealer that a replacement will cost upwards of £160. This seems incredible - is there nowhere which does them more cheaply?

    She is of course able to prove ownership, etc.

    Many thanks for any information or advice anyone is able to give.
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  • Kilty
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    • 22nd May 11, 8:05 AM
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    • 22nd May 11, 8:05 AM
    5 year old Astra without remote central locking? Sounds like it's not the first time someone's lost the key....
  • Mind the Gap
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    • 22nd May 11, 8:18 AM
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    • 22nd May 11, 8:18 AM
    5 year old Astra without remote central locking? Sounds like it's not the first time someone's lost the key....
    Originally posted by Kilty
    Don't think so - she has had two keys since she bought the car 5 yrs ago from a garage which had used it for 6 months as a tester car (less than 5000 miles on clock). This is the first time she's lost either key.

    Suggestion re replacement costs welcome!
  • Kilty
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    • 22nd May 11, 8:24 AM
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    • 22nd May 11, 8:24 AM
    I'd say £160 is on the pricey side but not by much, I'd expect to pay £120.

    I don't know if auto locksmiths can cut/code new keys for more modern cars.

    Is it one of these Astras?

    • SailorSam
    • By SailorSam 22nd May 11, 8:50 AM
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    • 22nd May 11, 8:50 AM
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    • 22nd May 11, 8:50 AM
    Since i've realised how expensive a replacement key can be for the car i've been keeping mine on a piece of string around my neck whenever i go out.
    Now that i'm what you could describe as an older person i've stopped eating health foods.
    I need all the preservatives i can get.

    • shaun from Africa
    • By shaun from Africa 22nd May 11, 9:01 AM
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    • 22nd May 11, 9:01 AM
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    • 22nd May 11, 9:01 AM
    Providing that you can get it programmed by whoever does they key cutting this might be what you need.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-VAUXHALL-OPEL-TRANSPONDER-KEY-CORSA-ASTRA-ETC-/280665434746?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM& hash=item4158f6aa7a

    It appears that all Astras after 2004 had remote buttons on the keys, but it's possible that the car sold to your mother was a 2004 model but which was first registered a bit later.
    Last edited by shaun from Africa; 22-05-2011 at 9:04 AM.
    • Alias_Omega
    • By Alias_Omega 22nd May 11, 9:23 AM
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    • 22nd May 11, 9:23 AM
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    • 22nd May 11, 9:23 AM
    If you have no keys, you will need to take the V5 into the dealer, which then they will order the key.

    The key should arrive cut, and programmed ready to go.


    Far cheaper than replacing all the locks, plus the immobilier / ecu.
  • mikey72
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    • 22nd May 11, 9:28 AM
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    • 22nd May 11, 9:28 AM
    Providing that you can get it programmed by whoever does they key cutting this might be what you need.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-VAUXHALL-OPEL-TRANSPONDER-KEY-CORSA-ASTRA-ETC-/280665434746?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM& hash=item4158f6aa7a

    It appears that all Astras after 2004 had remote buttons on the keys, but it's possible that the car sold to your mother was a 2004 model but which was first registered a bit later.
    Originally posted by shaun from Africa
    You can still buy the basic key with just the immobiliser chip in it, maybe they're replacement keys that came with the car.
    Ours has one remote key, and a cheaper non remote I bought from Vauxhall.
  • Mind the Gap
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    • 22nd May 11, 11:24 AM
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    • 22nd May 11, 11:24 AM
    Many thanks to all of you for your suggestions and advice. Much appreciated

    Kilty - not sure of model...I am a but challenged when it comes to cars. The whole scam over charging hundreds for a replacement key makes my blood boil, though. I cannot think it bears any relation to the cost of producing the thing.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 23rd May 11, 12:20 AM
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    forgotmyname
    Cost to buy the key, Code the key and erase old keys from the immobilser. Dont forget all those old & lost keys
    will still be usable on the car.

    As long as i have 2 unique keys for my car i can program new keys in and block old keys. Its all in the handbook.

    You can get your current key cloned for a LOT less £30 -£70. The car will think its the same key so no way to
    block it from the system.
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    My contribution to MSE. Other contributions will only be used if they cost me nothing.

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