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    Has anyone used the likes of KeyCare to have their car keys replaced?

    Just wondering as locksmiths if they will be able to do a good enough job replacing key barrels / ignition barrel / bonnet barrel as good as perhaps a local car mechanic would? (i don't even know if they actually remove the barrels or not)

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    they just replace the key not barrels so it fairly easy job once they have recoded the new key to your car, expect to pay around £120 depending on what car you have.

    We paid £35 on top of our car insurance for key covers......replaced key.....within 1 hour of the mobile locksmith coming to our home.

    In all the years I've been driving I've never lost my keys. I can't see why anybody would fork out extra money to insure against something like this.

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the response guys, i was under the impression that the barrels will be replaced. Thanks

    My car had a tag with the key number on it, not sure if they could match a lost key without that - and if you have that system, keep it somewhere safe, NOT on the keyring!!!

    Most modern car keys have a passive chip buried in the plastic body of the key, if this chip doesnt match what the car is expecting, the ignition wont work; THIS is the bit you pay all the money for; the remote lock/unlock can be reset fairly easily.

    When the Police stole* my car keys, I cut the chip out of a broken spare and had it glued into a replacement "Glovebox" key (it looks like a small, dark grey stone).

    * Returned a year later with no apology or explanation, having spent the entire 12 months denying they had it.

    Original Poster

    Cheers for the responses guys, seems like keys have a come a long way since the days every lock had to be changed.
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