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to think that nearly £150 is a bit freakin much for a...

(20 Posts)
BettyTurnip Tue 15-Sep-09 12:36:02

...car key? Lost my keys at the park the other day, been to a dealership today to be told that a new key is a whopping £90 and to code it and whatever is another £36, then VAT on top shock. (The car does not have any keyholes on the doors, central locking only so no chance of getting a basic non-remote key).

Just unbelievable. Anyone else had to fork out similar or know of other places than a dealership who can do it?

MrsBadger Tue 15-Sep-09 12:37:29

nope, that is the deal these days

I treasure my spare non-remote key

booyhoo Tue 15-Sep-09 12:38:52

never had any experience with that but was quoted £500 by dealership for turning off front airbag!!! baby rides in the back.

dal21 Tue 15-Sep-09 12:39:04

I had to fork out similar amounts when I lost a car key. But mine was for 2 sets.

btw - Are you getting all your keys replaced and recoded? My car was always parked at the same underground car park space at work and I couldnt take the risk that the lost key could operate the car, so had to get all new ones.

YANBU by the way....am sure is a great money making scheme for them!

PinkTulips Tue 15-Sep-09 12:39:29

I know to get a spare set of keys for our car (coded electronic pin thingy's) would be about the same price as we don't have the master key.... which basically means we have no spare set as dp has decreed 'Getting a fecking locksmith if we lose them would be bloody cheaper'... which is all well and good until it's me stuck in the lashing rain with all three kids and no credtit on my phone to ring a locksmith at which point i reserve the right to kick dp in a very unfortunate place wink

BettyTurnip Tue 15-Sep-09 12:39:59

Ah well, same dealership quoted £32 to turn off front airbag!

TrinityRhino Tue 15-Sep-09 12:40:20

I bet you have a renault scenic

I do

stupid things

haven't lost the key though........yet

PuppyMonkey Tue 15-Sep-09 12:41:03

I had the same with a Mercedes A Class. Rob dogs.

BettyTurnip Tue 15-Sep-09 12:42:57

dal21 - not getting any replaced, DH refuses point blank to pay it. If I we lose this key we're now using then we're absolutely stuffed.

PinkTulips grin

EyeballsintheSky Tue 15-Sep-09 12:43:13

What car have you got? I was quoted £300 for a key for my Vectra when I lost mine. Luckily I found it down the lining of my pushchair when I sold it!

BettyTurnip Tue 15-Sep-09 12:47:10

Not a Renault Scenic - a bloody Skoda Octavia!

It's not that long ago that £150 would've been more than the value of your average Skoda angry grin

I am going to scour the park on my hands and knees this afternoon, fingertip search style. May get some odd looks but who cares...

MmeLindt Tue 15-Sep-09 12:51:59

YANBU, daylight robbery.

My PIL arranged for our car to have all the locks changed when there was a problem with the central locking (ancient Ford Escort).

All very well, he got a good deal from an old school friend so it only cost about £40 but the silly bugger did not get us a spare key "because you will never need it"

ARgh.

InMyLittleHead Tue 15-Sep-09 13:12:09

That is a lot. I am kind of pleased now that I have my old banger which doesn't even have central locking (even though it can be broken into in 2 mins with a coathanger...)

georgiemum Tue 15-Sep-09 13:14:00

'king 'ell! I found some last week and handed them into the police. No wonder I got a thank you note from the owner!

BettyTurnip Tue 15-Sep-09 15:31:36

Georgiemum - I hope there's someone else like you around here! I would buy you a bottle of wine never mind a thank you note.

Have done the forensic style search this afternoon with dd2 hindering helping, and been up to the local police station. Zilch.

I'm panicking about only having one car key now, and I'm now bound to lose that one.

Rebeccaj Tue 15-Sep-09 18:19:26

Ours will cost about £300 (subaru impreza) and we've got to do it, we'd be stuffed if we lost the one we have left as to pair another one requires the car to go to the garage - which would require a tow if we couldn't drive it!

busterk Tue 15-Sep-09 18:30:31

Get a spare one. I have renault megane. One of my keys stopped working so I only had the 1 left.

Imagine how angry I was when the only key card I had said 'card not detected' when i left the hairdressers!!!

Had to get car towed to garage wait for them to order new keys and code them.

£280 for keys and cost of getting towed!!

My DH cringes everytime I drop the key card

LynetteScavo Tue 15-Sep-09 18:34:21

Just be glad you don't have an Audi.

It cost DH £200 or so when DD microwaved his keys.

MummyDoIt Tue 15-Sep-09 18:45:50

I'm having to pay the same to replace mine. We went for the hands-free keyless system when we bought our car six years ago but they didn't tell us the cards don't last for the lifetime of the car. Now neither card works hands-free at all and, even if you press the unlock/lock buttons, they don't work first time. I frequently have to press a dozen or more times before the car condescends to let me in. So, over £100 to for a new one. What a rip-off.

BettyTurnip Tue 15-Sep-09 21:09:46

Have never even heard of key cards!

At least I know I'm not alone in being ripped off.

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