Volkswagen keys

Volkswagen keys

The Auto Locksmith can provide replacement Volkswagen keys and VW car key programming for all models. Our mobile car locksmith service covers all of London and the Home Counties and is the most economical and fastest way to obtain replacement VW car keys or to obtain a spare set of car keys. All this can be done while you wait, wherever you are and we will not be beaten on price for VW car programming.

VW keys

Do All VW cars start the same way?

Volkswagen cars from M plate upwards (1995) use an immobiliser system that prevents the vehicle from starting without the correct key. The immobiliser is deactivated by a small transponder chip that is embedded in the head of the key. Earlier VW models use a separate immobiliser box whilst some of the later models ( T plates and upwards) use an immobiliser system that is combined with the dashboard clocks.

With the earlier models of VW cars (pre 2006), our vehicle locksmiths use a key reader that is inserted into the car lock to read the wafer depths. This allows us to cut a new key without having to remove the lock. The correct transponder chip that is required to deactivate the immobiliser box is then inserted into the key, without the need for a security code first. Post 2006, (M plate and up until the very latest models), Volkswagen’s parent group VAG decided to pre code the transponder chips. It has made cars more secure and harder to steal because the chip is unique to each vehicle but it has also made it more difficult for car locksmiths given the fact that VW dealers don’t make the coded information available. Instead, they retain the information on file, logged against a vehicle’s chassis number. VW dealers also keep the key number for the vehicle on file. Thus if you need a replacement VW key for a model post 2006, the VW dealer will look up the necessary information, cut a replacement key with the uniquely coded transponder chip embedded in it and then send it to your local dealer. It is a process that can take anywhere from 3 to 7 days. This isn’t much good if you have a car that you need but can’t use, especially as you will also have to pay to have your VW recovered to the garage in order to have the new key programmed to your car. It is a costly process.

VW Car Key Replacement made easy

The Auto Locksmith is one of a very few companies that has invested in specialist software and diagnostic equipment that enables our mobile locksmiths to extract from VW cars, the unique 4 digit security code that is required to program the keys. VW dealers may call this the Secret Key Code (SKC) but it isn’t to us!! Our investment in the necessary specialist equipment means that our vehicle locksmiths can cut new keys and program the transponder key to your car. Plus we can reproduce remote fobs for central locking, all while you wait.

There is a huge difference between a 3 – 7 day wait and The Auto Locksmith’s speedy service that will solve your replacement VW car keys in less than a day. Add the convenience of a service that comes to you and you can see the value in keeping our telephone number 0800 158 3798 close to hand or in your mobile list of contacts.

Types of key

Early VW key

Early VW key

Standard manual key

Manual VW Golf key

VW Sharan style remote key

Sharan fob

2 button remote locking key

Volkswagen remote key

3 button remote style key

3 button flip golf key

Passat dash key

Passat smart key

Just Need a Spare Set of VW Keys?

Our service is not just about replacing lost car keys, broken car keys or helping you gain access to your car if you have accidentally locked your keys inside. Perhaps you only have one set of keys and are requiring a spare set. It doesn’t matter if the problem isn’t urgent, we will still come to you and produce a spare set of keys for you whether you are at work or at home, as long as you are within our catchment area of London and the Home Counties of Berkshire, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Kent, Essex, Sussex or Middlesex. All you need to know is the number to call 0800 158 3798. The Auto Locksmith will take care of the rest.


My local Volkswagen dealer gave me The Auto Locksmiths phone number and said they would be cheaper and quicker and my best choice for replacing my lost VW keys. To be honest the price was a little more than I was hoping for, but in all fairness they were indeed cheaper than the VW garage quote. 2 new Golf keys cut and coded to my car within 15 minutes of Mark arriving at my car is very impressive, if not a little worrying how easy he made it all look. Cheers for the car keys. Richard Little, Bounds Green, North London
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