How much does it cost to replace BMW key parts? BMW’s key replacement cost depends on several factors. Where is the key found? Where is the key made? What kind of key did the original key require? A regular, hard-wired key, a transponder or key fob, or a combination lock?
BMW recommends that all keys are replaced with a new key as soon as possible. If you have a factory-fitted BMW, newer models require a new key. However, some older BMWs require a new key from the BMW service center. Someone may have compromised your BMW key with access to your vehicle. In such a case, you will need to have the vehicle locked without the key. This could be a security issue if your vehicle is stored overnight. Locksmiths are just one call away from fixing any problems with your BMW key.
The best way to determine BMW key replacement cost is to request a quote from a local locksmith. Your local locksmith can determine the lifetime (lifetime means how long the lock will stay in place) of your new key and advise you on the key replacement costs involved. If you have a limited set of keys, you can purchase an ‘as-is’ key. You will need to order a new replacement key from the BMW service center. There are two options; the locksmith will either charge you for delivery, or you can have the new key sent to you by courier.
Once you have ordered the replacement key, you can install it yourself. However, if you have any experience installing BMW locks and/or ignition switches, you will be able to install them quickly and easily. If you choose the latter option, you need to ensure that you have the correct key fob, usually part number 6BXSW. BMW key replacement fobs are not the same as a transponder key fob. A transponder key fob is programmed to only show when the ignition is switched on, whereas the BMW key fob is also programmed to show when the car is switched on and on various other occasions (such as starting the engine).
If you buy a non-transponder chip key, it might be possible that your BMW dealer will provide you with a DVD that shows you how to replace it. Alternatively, the manual could provide you with information on the various options. Most dealers now stock manuals containing information relating to BMW key replacement costs. If you are looking for more detailed information, you may wish to contact the car manufacturer directly. The main advantage of contacting the BMW manufacturer is that they will usually have extensive information covering all aspects of BMW cars and can advise on all aspects of car maintenance and care, including BMW key replacements.
Some people choose to replace their BMW’s fobs themselves. This is not a bad idea if they are familiar with the process and are confident that they have the tools to carry out the job. In the worst-case scenario, if you are not certain that you have the correct tools and skills and are not comfortable changing the ignition or accessing the vehicle’s interior, it would be worth consulting your vehicle’s original BMW manual. It will provide you with detailed instructions on the process, along with any guarantees that they come with.
There are many ways to get BMW key duplicates, and in most cases, it is cheaper to order online, as this is generally the case with aftermarket products. Ordering online usually means that you can avoid paying the broker that handles your car, as well as the delivery charges that often occur when carrying items this size over a short distance. In some cases, you can still get them locked into your car, but this will mean an additional charge for the lock industry, as it requires special equipment to program the locks. Ordering online also means that you do not have to wait for your keys to be mailed to you in the post, and it usually means that you can have the new BMW key within days, rather than the usual two weeks that it takes from ordering them through the dealer. If you are having any problems with ordering online, the dealerships that offer them usually have a helpline that you can ring if you have any questions or concerns.
If you need to replace your existing BMW key and do not know what service station to use, it is best to find a local dealership with a good reputation for repairing BMW cars. When choosing a dealership to purchase the BMW key from, it is important to make sure that they fit the make and model of your car and ensure that they offer high-security car key services. The best dealership should offer two methods of replacing your existing key: either inserting a new chip or replacing the entire key with a non-transponder key. Many dealership locations will offer the installation of new chips as a complimentary service, and many will also install them – providing an extra measure of security. A dealership that offers both methods is likely to have experienced personnel and technicians that can provide support and advice on any issues that you may have.