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Half Price Chipped Car Keys at Timpson £20.00

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4y, 7m agoFound 4 years, 7 months ago
Some Timpson stores are doing half price chipped car key cutting for a limited period.
e.g. For a Citroen Saxo now just £20 instead of £40.

I asked how long the offer was on, and was told at least until the end of the month.

I don't have a list of stores running this promotion - the sign just said selected stores.

Hope this helps someone save some cash!
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#1
Is this £20 (ish) for a new, fully working coded key?

I thought you had to take them to VW and pay a small fortune...

Or can they dupe them some how?
#2
If you only have one key this is a very good deal to get a spare. I lost the only key to my vauxhall corsa, ended up costing me ~£120 for a callout to the car to get a new set cut and coded.
#3
i have a volkswagon jetta does anyone know if they can do a spare key for this
#4
Ford dealer quoted £150 for a replacement Mk2 Focus key - took it to Timpson and they quoted £70 - still haven't got round to having it done so this might save me £35!
#5
Timpsons can only produce chips for certain cars.

My girlfriend had to get hers from a dealer since Timpsons couldn't do fiats.

This may have changed though, I hope so, she still needs a spare (which I lost) and I don't want to pay £180 again.
#6
Citroen are really easy board just pops out + a little grey bit. Slots straight in to new housing. They just have to cut the key.

Did my old picasso key myself they just cut the blank for £5 + £5 for blank off ebay.
#7
I don't know which keys they can do and which they can't. When you take your key in they'll check if they can read it first, then see if they've got that key type.
Mattwood1 - For Citroen, mine anyway, they code the key as well as cutting it - that's what this offer is for - coding and cutting. Probably depends whether you've got remote locking built into the key as well as the immobiliser chip.

Edited By: tonytiger on Apr 23, 2012 12:17
#8
As far as i'm aware, VW chipped car keys can't be replicated, as they produce a rotating code to unlock the immobiliser of your car. Other manufacterers that use a fixed immobiliser code car key can be 'copied' easily. Last time i checked, Timpsons can't do the rotating immobiliser car keys (which I believe are on vehicles manufactered from 2000 onwards).
#9
Tonytiger - both on mine remote locking and immobiliser.
#10
the cost of car key cutting is a ****. One mishap for me has cost £240 and then a further £70 in repair work too...

car still not running either
#11
BM12
As far as i'm aware, VW chipped car keys can't be replicated, as they produce a rotating code to unlock the immobiliser of your car. Other manufacterers that use a fixed immobiliser code car key can be 'copied' easily. Last time i checked, Timpsons can't do the rotating immobiliser car keys (which I believe are on vehicles manufactered from 2000 onwards).


Yup, guy above is correct for VAG cars (VW, Audi, Seat)


Their new system for cars after 2002 (I think) is that they have to contact VW in Germany via a modem to get a new code - Car pre this date is easier to do , just need a skc (8 or 4 digit) to be able to sort out (usually on booklet or valet key tag).

Can be done through a Vag-Com lead then, not sure if Timsons can do this though.


Oh Beware buying 'new' keys off ebay - The immobiliser part of the VW keys can only be programmed to one car, once done once it cannot be reprogrammed, although the part with the buttons on can.


Thanks OP, g/f needs a new key for her Fiesta 56 reg. Will give them a go.

Edited By: headworx on Apr 23, 2012 13:14
#12
indeed both above comments are correct, i want to get my 58 plate audi key cut,but they have to send my VIN off to germany to get it cut, it then needs to be specially coded to the car.And i have to turn up in person at the dealership with Log book and drivers licence and a utility bill as proof of ownership

Total cost £250 !!!!!
#13
This is a good deal and Timpson's are very good choice if you need a replacement car key... even if they can't sort it out in-branch, they have a specialist key centre that can sort it out for you.

I took mine in a few months ago and got excellent service from them, and I made quite a considerable saving over what the manufacturer was quoting too.
#14
Apparently my nearest fopr doing the key and fob ona golf is about 40 miles away so by the time i have driven there it may be not much cheaper than going to VW, although i will still enquire
#15
Don't forget your independents my local one stocks loads of car keys & doesn't appear as expensive in the first place! He did my ford three button remote for £65 unless the man in the shop can go to your car the offer is for a key, not key & remote.
#16
try your local auto locksmith, they should be able to do this job cheaper and quicker for you, the vw key does need to be precoded but most auto lockies will be able to do this for you
#17
Creatzy
indeed both above comments are correct, i want to get my 58 plate audi key cut,but they have to send my VIN off to germany to get it cut, it then needs to be specially coded to the car.And i have to turn up in person at the dealership with Log book and drivers licence and a utility bill as proof of ownership

Total cost £250 !!!!!

WHAT!!??? Licence to print money much and there was me thinking RM computers were bad for that kind of thing...
#18
headworx
BM12
As far as i'm aware, VW chipped car keys can't be replicated, as they produce a rotating code to unlock the immobiliser of your car. Other manufacterers that use a fixed immobiliser code car key can be 'copied' easily. Last time i checked, Timpsons can't do the rotating immobiliser car keys (which I believe are on vehicles manufactered from 2000 onwards).


Yup, guy above is correct for VAG cars (VW, Audi, Seat)


Their new system for cars after 2002 (I think) is that they have to contact VW in Germany via a modem to get a new code - Car pre this date is easier to do , just need a skc (8 or 4 digit) to be able to sort out (usually on booklet or valet key tag).

Can be done through a Vag-Com lead then, not sure if Timsons can do this though.


Oh Beware buying 'new' keys off ebay - The immobiliser part of the VW keys can only be programmed to one car, once done once it cannot be reprogrammed, although the part with the buttons on can.


Thanks OP, g/f needs a new key for her Fiesta 56 reg. Will give them a go.

VW Dealers can produce re-coded keys as I had one done about 10 days ago for a 2012 VW Beetle with less than 100 miles on the clock. Had to leave the car at the garage all day and given back brand new key fob that looked & worked as original. I fed the invoice to the dog when I got home, seemed fitting seeing as he'd eaten the original key as well.

As for having to get keys from Germany, some of the more exotic Mercs have laser cut keys that are special order - that aren't keyless.

And, the Audi R8 are special order only keys if you want more than the 2 + 1 concierge key they give you.
#19
though timpson are good (if there is no other option to you) I had a ford key cut (£35) there last week and thought I had saved money, went around the corner and went into a cobbler shop who cut keys and wondered how much they charge they were ven cheaper quoting me £29-99 and this was NORMAL price offering a deal if I bought 2?
This is obviously a rip off item, the dealers and there prices.. timpson and there's 'kidding' everyone "Half Price!" ask them how much for a 'Normal' house key a yale for instance? £6-00 around here!
Simple answer's are - SHOP around!
#20
In line with the above posts about ever-changing immobilisers, do many new cars still have a key-lock on the drivers door? Only way into my Clio (2009 one) with a key is via the passenger door, which I assume is only included in case the battery went flat :S

Edited By: Bossworld on Apr 23, 2012 16:04
#21
Kamm
though timpson are good (if there is no other option to you) I had a ford key cut (£35) there last week and thought I had saved money, went around the corner and went into a cobbler shop who cut keys and wondered how much they charge they were ven cheaper quoting me £29-99 and this was NORMAL price offering a deal if I bought 2?
This is obviously a rip off item, the dealers and there prices.. timpson and there's 'kidding' everyone "Half Price!" ask them how much for a 'Normal' house key a yale for instance? £6-00 around here!
Simple answer's are - SHOP around!

Re. your advice to 'shop around', I think you're preaching to the converted here on HOT UK DEALS, mate! Good Lord.
#22
Kamm
though timpson are good (if there is no other option to you) I had a ford key cut (£35) there last week and thought I had saved money, went around the corner and went into a cobbler shop who cut keys and wondered how much they charge they were ven cheaper quoting me £29-99 and this was NORMAL price offering a deal if I bought 2?
This is obviously a rip off item, the dealers and there prices.. timpson and there's 'kidding' everyone "Half Price!" ask them how much for a 'Normal' house key a yale for instance? £6-00 around here!
Simple answer's are - SHOP around!

Yes, but you are buying into the brand too. I own a BMW but a Kia would have done the same job and would be cheaper.

Also, do bear in mind that Timpsons are more than likely to 'sort the key out' if it accidently bends or breaks or if it doesn't function as it should (which can happen with Immobiliser keys). Local Jonny boy won't. I don't know about their recent keys but their older keys had Timpsons engraved on them and once it got a bit bent out of shape. Took it to the local Timpsons who cut a new one for free no questions asked.
suspended#23
Can they do the new shape Honda Civics?
#24
Phone and ask them
#25
will get mine tomorrow cheers HOT
#26
We have a 2002 Alfa 156 and they use keys only available from the dealer. They're specially programmed for individual cars. The keys are about £200 so it's pretty hefty. Without the chip the cars won't start.

I assume this is for all cars under the fiat ownership!
#27
Does this replacement key do the central locking too?

If so I will give them a ring as my missus Ford Focus Key has packed up - an 02 plate focus
#28
Interesting I'll pop in tomorrow and ask. I got a 2006 Ford Fiesta. I was under the impression they can only do the key not the 3 button remote fob.
#29
Hi my daughter needs a spare key for her y reg corsa,its not central locking just got immobiliser in it do they do these anyone know. Vauxhall want £60 have a code to get it done with paperwork we had with the car.
#30
http://www.timpson.co.uk/_getImage.php?image=/i/editor/key2.jpg
1 Like #31
mooo- 3 button ford remote is no problem at all, i would think most branches by now should keep these in stock. this is not included in half price deal and should be £90 although i do them at £80 to get the sales in.
yiddo4life- as above
natnhay- i would guess the type of immobiliser you have in a y reg corsa would cost £20 all in under the current deal.
geebet- some branches will do them but they will not be in half price deal due to the way that the key needs coding.
#32
I was under the impression they can only do the key not the 3 button remote fob.
The majority of Timpson shops will only be able to clone a working key. Simpy because they won't be able to leave the counter side to go out to your car to program the remote. If you use a small
Local Jonny boy
Business then the chances are they will be able to do your 3 button remote as well (as will some Timpson shops, but not all).
Also it's worth remembering that "Johny boy" will have invested his hard earned cash (Many thousands of pounds) into his equipment just the same & will value his reputation for sorting problems (rarely arise!) out. The majority of Timpson shops can ONLY clone a copy not produce a replacement. A lot of whats been said about various brands on this thread is misinformed information. I would advice finding a local business with a pedigree & reputation locally known, national or local. Shop around for prices. this isn't necessarily going to be the "best" deal for your situation.
#33
All Timpson branches who cut keys can do Ford 3 button Remotes, some may CHOOSE not to.

There are many places other than the dealers to get your hands on some reasonably priced car keys these days.
Before trying your dealer always ask at your local shoe repairer, key cutter or locksmith, whether they be Timpson or independant.
many will have invested in the technology to be able to copy car keys and some will even be able to replace lost keys from scratch at a fraction of the dealer price.
#34
Can they do Aston Martin keys?
#35
Dislike Timpsons. They've taken over most of the competition and then put up their prices. Refused to sell me two tiny rubber heels for my daughter's shoes and wanted £9 to do it there - robbers!

But, if it's your only option.................
#36
Do they do Ferrari keys? Lost the keys to mine. Ooops, hold on....lost the ferrari too! ****!!!
#37
They cloned my peugeot 407 key no problem. ( it was held together by tape).

If anyone is looking for one in the Glasgow area, the nearest one is East Kilbride.
#38
misszuzu volkswagon jetta – Has to be programmed using specialist programmers (independent or dealer).

sham63 Mk2 Focus – Can be copied over the counter or with specialist programmers, this applies for remotes & basic key only.


danpc Timpsons couldn't do fiats – with the exception of a few models, keys with remotes have to be programmed into the car using specialist programmers, but keys only can be done over the counter.

Mattwood1 picasso key myself they just cut the blank for £5 + £5 for blank off ebay – where do you think all the keys on ebay come from? Most are key cutters selling there! Why not go in & get it all done at once, most key cutters stock replacement cases, blades, batteries!

BM12 VW chipped car keys can't be replicated – Yes they can! But it’s a 50/50 split as to which models need programming into the system (independent or dealer) or can be done over the counter.

headworx Yup, guy above is correct for VAG cars (VW, Audi, Seat) – No he’s not!

geebet Honda Civics? 95-01 can be done over the counter. 01-05 have to be programmed 06- can be done over the counter, but that for a straight key, key & remote has to be programmed in with specialist programmers.

Taz1529 2002 Alfa 156 – key can be done over the counter, key & remote has to be programmed in using specialist programmers.

natnhay y reg corsa – is entry level at that age & can be done over the counter.

Matty1255 Aston Martin keys? – the biggest problem with these brands is availability of parts, but it’s not to say they can't be done, in my experience there are some pretty handy programmers out there who are well connected!

zulfkar97 Do they do Ferrari keys? Lost the keys to mine – I know of someone who VERY recently did what in the trade is known as “total lost recovery” on a Ferrari.

So as mentioned on my previous post the answer is to find someone locally with a good reputation. I know MANY MAIN DEALERS who use a small independent to produce keys for them, simply because they don’t have the staff with the training. You book your car in & they book someone to program it & you pay a premium for the service.


Edited By: shoerepairerdotinfo on Apr 24, 2012 09:25
#39
if you've lost keys or had them stolen then you need to find someone who can program new keys into the system. those doing keys over the counter are ONLY copying what you bring in. people who program direct to the car remove all old keys, rendering them useless to start & drive away your pride & joy. In most cases if a car is stolen using keys your insurance is void.
#40
I have never heard so much twadle in all my life. Nothing needs to be sent to germany, and the only thing an auto locksmith will need the VIN for is to confirm which system is in the car and this is only in certain cases. Most good auto locksmiths can ever read the key number by picking the lock, and then cut a key on site (if he has the more expensive key machine)

They do not all need to be pre coded, in most cases with the VAG the auto locksmith will only need to verify the engine code, on a label either in the boot of on a cover under the bonnet. The key programming equipment can then read the security code from the ecu that is needed to access the system to programme new keys (transponder chip) into it. Most of them use an ID48 glass transponder, and this can be 'unlocked' using certain equipment, and thus used on a different car.

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