Whether you lost all your Audi keys or are looking for a spare key, ordering a new Audi key is easy.
In this guide, you will find instructions on how to order replacement keys from any Audi dealer or locksmiths.
How to order Audi key from the dealer
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Collect all the required documents. To verify you are the owner of the Audi the parts department or Audi service advisor may ask you to verify your identity and ownership of the vehicle. Audi service advisor may ask for registration, title, personal ID (Driver's License). You should bring the following documents:
- Title or Registration
- Identification (One)
- Driver's License
- Go to any Audi dealer parts department with the documents listed above.
- Pay for a replacement Audi key. The cost of a new key can vary from $280 - $450. There may be a fee to program the Audi key. Ask the Audi service representative when ordering the new key if you will need to pay for programming as well.
- Wait for your Audi dealer to call you when the new key arrives. It will take up to five business days for the key to be delivered to your Audi dealership.
- When the dealer calls you, ask them if the car needs to be at the dealership for the new key to be programmed. You may or may not need to take the car to the Audi dealer to have the key programmed. Without programming, some Audi keys will not start the engine. In some cases, Audi dealers charge up to $150 to program the new key.
When ordering a new Audi key, you need to prepay for the new key. Costs depend on whether the key has a remote or not and also the year and model of the Audi. Your Audi key may need programming to be synchronized with your car but the dealer will do this when you pick up your key.
The requirements are the same for all Audi models such as A3, A4, A6, Q7, TT, A8. The price of the key will vary depending on the model year of your Audi.
How much does a replacement Audi Car Key Cost
Audi car keys cost between $280-$450 at the dealer. The price depends on the type of key you need and your location.
Most Audi dealers also charge a programming fee of up to $150 to program the key to start the car.
If you have multiple Audi dealerships in your area, it is wise to check the price with several Audi dealers as the prices can vary between dealerships.
Audi Key Programmer Tools
It is possible to program some Audi keys using tools such as Audi SBB Key Programmer. Such tools allow you to program new Audi keys in the immobilizer unit using the OBD-II port. A key program will allow you to:
- programming new keys
- reading keys from immobilizers memory
- deactivating keys no longer in the car owners possession
- operation by means of a menu guided programming
- programming new remote controls
Many Audi owners don't realize the worth of the car keys until they lose or damage one and find themselves helpless realizing that they are up for heavy replacement costs.
Replacing a lost Audi car key used to be simply a few years back. You just have to take the additional key to your local key cutter and have a copy made within a few minutes.
On the one hand, this advancement in high-tech and security is more of a nuisance for Audi owners. Here are a few tips for Audi key owners.
- Always have an extra key/remote
- Store your extra key in a protected and secure area.
- Always store your essential key in a predictable area.
- Always carry your key in the same place to prevent the loss.
- If the remote quits working or it is working discontinuously, first attempt to reset the procedure specified previously. If that doesn't work, try your spare key. If the spare key works, you may need a new key battery.
Can I Order Audi Keys From a Locksmith
Depending on the model year, locksmiths may be able to cut you a new key.
Auto locksmiths cut and recode modern car keys for most models and offer reasonable alternative service to car dealerships. It's a great convenience that they can come to you which means you can avoid the bother of traveling, which is a major problem if you've lost all your keys.
Not only auto locksmiths cut and recode modern car keys they also carry genuine keys and diagnostic tools that can help reset your Audi's ECU, but they also store after-market keys that may look different from the original Audi car key but work pretty much the same but cost less. Locksmiths may not be able to cut keys for all Audi vehicles.
Audi keys contain a microchip that obliges programming to the vehicle for it to start. All models are coded with a serial number that matches one on a microchip implanted in the key. It's not possible to start your car without the right key. In any case, every Audi key has a transponder chip with a security code that is needed to program keys to an Audi car.
The programming procedure can take up to one hour and obliges to have all current keys also the new key, so they can all be modified at the same time.
It can be a distressing experience if Audi keys are lost, damaged or stolen. If you have lost your Audi keys and don't have an extra key the best thing to do is call your Audi dealer.