Getting locked out of your car is a day ruiner for sure. Especially if it’s because you simply can’t find your key as you head out in the morning. On many cars, if you lose both keys you are in deep trouble, so having at least one spare is definitely the best idea you’ve had today. Pair this with the way keys and key fobs tend to disintegrate over the years, and we have a lot of people buying VIN coded keys on the regular. We offer VIN coded keys and electronic coded key fobs for Audi, BMW, MINI, Porsche, Saab, VW, and Volvo.
If you are buying a VIN coded key, you need to get together a few things first. Because keys are (obviously) theft relevant parts, we must make sure they are going to the right person, and we have some precautions in place in order to confirm you are who you are. When buying a key (electronic or otherwise), you must supply us with scans of your drivers license to confirm your identity, and your registration of the vehicle so we can confirm your ownership.
These aren’t our rules, they are passed down from our Genuine Parts dealers, who reserve the right to refuse anything that seems fishy. When scanning or photographing your materials, verify that the documentation is very legible, crisp, and all the information is displayed (such as address, VIN, full name etc). Non-perfect images can result in refusal.
How to order VIN coded Keys
When you see a listing like this, you will see two (!) symbols with some very important information. The first is in reference to the anti-theft related measures that must be taken in order for us to fill the order. The second relates to electronic keys only, as they usually will require some kind of dealer scan tool in order to ‘marry’ the transmitter to your vehicle’s electronics. Some cars do not need programming, such as the 2010- Saab 9-5 or the very popular diamond shaped BMW VIN coded keys.
When you place an order for a coded key, we will pre-authorize your card and send you an email asking for the required information. Respond to that email with the following attachments: a picture of your Drivers License as well as your Registration or Title. As mentioned above, clarity counts. Fuzzy, poorly scanned, damaged, or otherwise fishy images will be rejected. Everything must be current and valid, no expired registrations or identification will be accepted.
When all of your documentation is together we will place the order to have VIN coded keys made for your vehicle. Your card will now be charged, and you have reached the point of no return. Once your key is being made, you cannot cancel the order. Because the key is made specifically for your VIN, it will not work with any other car, thank you for understanding. It usually takes a week or two, depending on the make of the car, to receive your new custom key.
If at some point the ignition cylinder for your car has been changed with a unit that doesn’t match your VIN, it is your responsibility to know, especially if the part is for another car’s VIN (IE junkyard). This is rare, but does happen from time to time. If your key doesn’t work because you have a different cylinder than what is denoted by your VIN, then we can’t supply a return. We do also sell coded ignition lock cylinders, but they may not be available for all vehicles. However, these coded cylinders usually have key codes on the cylinders themselves, or somewhere on the packaging so you can still order new keys for replacement cylinders if they are different than stock.
We can get that for you
We offer VIN coded keys and electronic coded key fobs for Audi, BMW, MINI, Porsche, Saab, VW, and Volvo. Some cut key blades are VIN coded but the electronic portion is separate. This is the case for many Saab cars, as well as Porsche and others. Due to Mercedes-Benz’s strict rules on theft related parts, you must go to a dealer for MB keys. If there are any keys that you don’t see on the site, drop a line to our CS department, and we can find anything you need if it still exists. That goes for keys, and anything else from shock absorbers to voltage regulators!