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Order a New BMW Key

If you lost your BMW key or are just looking for a spare key, the procedure for getting a new key is simple.

Order a New BMW  Key
ESTIMATED TIME N/A
DIY COST
DIFFICULTY Easy

 

  1. Find out your VIN. The VIN will be in your registration, lower-left corner of the windshield, and also on the driver's door frame
  2. Locate the closest BMW dealer near you using this link. 
  3. Call the parts department and provide them your VIN to get a quote. You may want to call more than one dealer as prices vary slightly from dealership to dealership.  
  4. Head over to the dealership with the following documents:
    • Vehicle registration or Title
    • Your driver's license

Ownership information for items 1 and 2 need to match. If you are not the owner of the BMW, you can order a new key if you have a signed Power of Attorney from the owner of the vehicle.

The vehicle does not need to be at the dealership. The typical cost for a new BMW key is $300-$410 for the proximity key. This key has a metal blade inserted. The metal blade can be purchased separately for $45-$60 if necessary.

The older style BMW key (diamond key) costs around $165-$210 depending on location.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • My BMW key is damaged, can it be repaired?
    • bmw key shellIt is quite common for the BMW key shell to wear out or get damaged over time. If the key still functions, you can replace the shell with a new BMW Key Shell. This is a lot cheaper than buying a new BMW key.
  • How do I get a new key for my BMW?
    • You can order a new key from any BMW dealer. You will need to show proof of ownership and your ID without taking the car to the dealership.
  • How do you program a new BMW Key?
    • Your BMW key should come pre-programmed to your vehicle. Just insert it into the ignition slot once and start the car. Very few new BMW keys may need programming. 
  • Can I replace the battery in my keyfob or do I need a new key?
    • Some BMW keys have rechargeable batteries. Eventually, even these batteries die. These keys were not meant to be serviced. BMW dealerships will recommend that you purchase a new key. The good news is that even these keys can be opened, and the battery can often be replaced. It is a lot cheaper to open up the shell and replace the battery than spend $300+ on a new key. 
  • Can a locksmith make a copy of the BMW key?

Comments

Visitor

It is true. As an Automotive Master Locksmith I can vouch for the author. Only about 1% of all locksmiths have the knowledge, skill, and equipment required to cut and program even the most basic of BMW keys. I would venture to say there are only a handful of us in the U.S. who can cut and program keys to ALL BMW vehicles. If you get a locksmith who is not formally trained on BMW vehicles, there is a high risk of them screwing up your vehicle. My business can make the full range of BMW keys. We can do it in the shop, on the road, or even through the mail. Great article. Key Man Lock & Safe Co. Ogden, UT.

djbmw

Most BMW Dealerships in the US tend to charge around $300 USD for a new key to be made. You can find independent guys and some locksmiths that will do it for $150 or so. That cost should include a new FOB, programmed into your CAS, and the key blade cut. Note: You will either need to mail in your CAS module or bring your vehicle into them in order for the key to be programmed. If you're more of a DIY kind of person, computer savvy, and OK with the potential risks, you can also program your own FOB using HiTag2 to 'prep' the key and E/F Scanner (BMW Explorer clone) to write the key to the CAS. Blank/virgin keys are under $20 from Aliexpress. Note - Dont waste time with buying a "used" key and wanting to program it. Yes, it CAN be done by either de-soldering the transponder and soldering in a new transponder ($4 for the transponder chip but you have to have a re-work station and good with hot air soldering). Alternatively, you could buy a tool that erases data in the transponder but then you're spending a few hundred $ on a tool when you could have just bought a virgin key for $15). Here's the video on how it works: https://youtu.be/MVO_iMznwb0

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