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    Default Spare car key

    As a lot of second hand cars only come with 1 key, I would advise anybody in this situation to get a spare key straight away. I am a auto locksmith and the amount of people that become unstuck just because they rely so much on 1 car key is unbelievable.

    I understand some car keys are expensive now but believe me it is well worth the money as one day it will catch you out.

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    Hello keymandave, and welcome to the site, is it possible to post a price range for making spare keys?
    Also, why is it that tey are sold with only one key, as they always come with 2 keys when bought new?
    Cheers, Smudger.

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    During my time with the AA, I must have done thousands of effect-entries and then either an ignition switch dismantle or a lock removal because of people losing or breaking the only key they had. I think every instance had a comment along the lines of 'I meant to get a spare'.

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    Hi, its very difficult to give a price range for spare car keys as they are all so different.

    Roughly I would say based on vehicle years

    Pre 95 = 5
    1995 - 1999 = 40
    2000 to prsent =
    non remote key 60 - 75.
    remote keys 85 - 120.

    Also most modern vehicle's are meant to come with a security code or immobiliser code these are usually kept safe by the first owner. These can normally be bought for around 20.00.

    Like I said spare keys are not cheap but can save you so much hassle in the long run.

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    I have an old Rover 214 with two keys but only one fob, if that went down I would be stuck as it will imobasise its self, I believe that you can get it started with nthe key, you have to turn it a certain way and stand on one leg with your tounge out I think. Dave do you know if I just get hold of a spare fob can I code it myself or is it a dealer job.

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