By YOUCANIC on May 18, 2019
Do you need Kia replacement key or keyless entry keyfob?
If you are looking to get a Kia replacement key you have a couple of options.
The dealer will be able to make a new key for any Kia model including Rio, Soul, Forte, Sportage, Optima, etc.
The locksmith will be able to cut you a new key for most older Kia models but not for the new model Kia's that have a built-in chip in the key which requires programming. Locksmiths may be able to program a transponder key depending on the equipment that they have.
If you do have a locksmith nearby give them a call and tell them that you need a new key made. Inform the locksmith of the year, make and model of your Kia.
The locksmith will be able to tell you if they can cut a new key for your Kia
Wondering how you can get a new key for your Kia?
You need to visit Kia dealer in your area and go to their parts departments.
Your new key typically will require programming in order to Lock or Unlock the car.
Otherwise, those features will not work. If you have the instructions for your model you can do this yourself at home. If you have the dealer, perform the programming they will charge you for that service.
If you have lost the Kia key don't panic. Here is what you should do.
Get together your drivers license, proof of ownership (title, registration) and VIN number of your Kia.
Go to your Kia dealer and order a new key.
Based on the VIN number the Kia dealer should be able to cut the new key without having the car there. In same cases, they may have to order a new metal key which can take in average two to three days to arrive. Once you pick up the key from the dealer you can use it to start up the car.
You may need to go back to visit the Kia dealer to have the key fob programmed to Lock/Unlock the car. In many cases, the programming can be performed at home if you can find the correct programming procedure for you Kia model.
How much do Kia new keys cost?
That depends on the model of your car and type of key. If the key has a chip or not.
These prices are general guidelines if you live in US. Keep in mind that these prices can vary depending on your location, even in US.
If you are looking for a spare key to use in case of emergency you can order what is called a wallet key.
It is not a full keyfob and it does not have Lock/Unlcok buttons but is just a key that will allow you to open and start the car manually. It costs around $30 for the metal key and about $25 for the dealer to cut the new key. This is a lot cheaper than spending $250-$300 on a new keyfob.