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Lost my key fob

Patric

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Hi, guys! I'm in crisis and need help! I have lost my key fob from my 2007 300C, contacted dealer and they quoted like $540. plus gotta tow the car there!!! This is way too expensive... Any cheaper solutions that anyone has come across maybe? Any advice highly appreciated! Thanks in advance
 

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Well, losing the keys is usually gonna incur expenses, one way or another... so be ready for that. Having said that, if you do your research, there are ways to lessen the amount you'll end up spending... I actually did an extensive post on another forum about my own experience with key replacements and the solutions I found then... I'll see if I can find it and copy it here for you!
 

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Well, losing the keys is usually gonna incur expenses, one way or another... so be ready for that. Having said that, if you do your research, there are ways to lessen the amount you'll end up spending... I actually did an extensive post on another forum about my own experience with key replacements and the solutions I found then... I'll see if I can find it and copy it here for you!
Oh, yes please!! Any help is welcome, thank you!!!!
 

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Hey, sorry for delay - Christmas got in the way a bit :)
Man, I really hope this whole thing didn't ruin your holidays too much! anyway, here's my post, hope it helps:


Generally speaking, to get a replacement key, you have three options:
  1. Call an automotive locksmith that offers a mobile service for cars. Here is a phone number for a company that have many different locations and locksmiths: 800-223-1453. I think the work all around the US but not sure. Give them a call and ask.
  2. Tow the car to the dealer.
  3. Order a key online and have the dealer or locksmith cut and program it for you (if necessary).
Here is the link to read more:

How To Get a Replacement Car Key - What To Do, Options, Tips & More

How To Get a Replacement Car Keys - All You Need To Know Before You Make a Decision, Including Options Where To Get a Replacement Key, Tips & More.
lost-car-keys-replacement.com
lost-car-keys-replacement.com

If you do call a locksmith or the dealer, don’t forget to mention some important information so they will check if they have the key blank and the necessary tools to code you the new key:
  • Year, make and model of the car
  • Your exact location including street address and zip (for the locksmith to find you easily)
  • VIN number of the car located on the dashboard – very important
  • Make sure you can show them proof of ownership – otherwise they will not make you a new replacement key.

Regarding the cost, it really depends on the type of key you had.

There are 3 main types of keys:
Non-chip keys: for older models (mostly 2000 and older)
Transponder chip keys – these types of keys must be coded on site with a special machine, otherwise the car wont start. These are more expensive to make
Key fob – push to start – these are the most expensive types of keys. Mostly made for models made after 2015.
The average cost is somewhere between $180-$450. It also depends on your location, time of day, weekend, etc etc.
Here is the link for some additional information:

2020 Car Keys Replacement Cost - All The Information You Need To Know

Car Keys Replacement Cost (2020) - Car Key Cost From The Dealer, Locksmith or Online. Average Price For Different Makes & Models, Tips & More.
lost-car-keys-replacement.com
lost-car-keys-replacement.com
 

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thank you for such a detailed post, it did help A LOT! when i lost the keys it was very overwhelming to be honest, so it felt nice to understand how the whole replacement thing works... and yeah, very informative site, too! we did get a mobile locksmith through it as well, they came to us, saving us from towing car to the dealer, did everything on site, including programming the new key... in the end we saved a fair bit of cash on this. So thanks again, and hope you have wonderful holidays!:)
 

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