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What are my options for getting hold of a spare key, I bought the car with one flip out key and one plastic emergency key, the tag with key number is not with the car, and so far I have not been able to get it from the leasing company who the car came from.

I know I can get a spare on ebay and program it myself for the door locking functions, but I would need a blade cutting to match my existing key as well.
Am I right in thinking that the immobiliser transponder part of the key will have to be re-programmed by someone with specialist equipment, and that I cannot do it myself in any way.

I am in the North of England, if anyone knows who might help me out with this I would like to hear about them please.

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Hi Phil
I am in the same boat in that my car only came with one flip key, I bought two more flip keys from ebay (make sure they are same part number as the one you have) you can then reprogamme the central locking buttons to your car. Thats the easy bit, the two locksmiths I have spoken to gave different answers as to the transponder problem (this oks the immobiliser to start the car) one said a new one was needed the other said fine to reprogramme, both cost about £40 per key plus £40 programme charge so £120 for two keys, cheaper than main dealer at 159.95 per key.
Hope this helps
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Hi Dave

Thanks for the response, its about what I thought.
I already have a spare flip key which I obtained four years ago on ebay, that one is for the A6 I have just sold though, luckily it is the correct part number and frequency for the door lock system.
So I will need a new blade cutting and the transponder programming as a minimum.

Did you actually have yours done yet, or have you just had a quote for the job, I was wondering how you get round not having the tag with the original key number, and if they need to see any proof of ownership of the car etc. (They should !!)

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Hi Phil

No I haven't had the job done yet but it's not a problem according to the locksmiths, part of the charge is for accessing a secure web site to obtain PIN codes, which allow access to the cars ECU, thus getting around key number problem. Key blades can be laser cut anywhere really but getting the blades on the high street proved impossible (Ebay again 3.99 for two from China!). I would assume proof of ownership would be required, but surely if you have the car and the key then that pretty much says you own it!
If all the parts arrive I will have the job done next Tuesday, I will let you know how I get on.
All the best
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Hi Phil
Just finished with the locksmith, he has cut two new blades and reprogrammed all three key transponders along with remote codes all for £50 he did this at my home using a Advanced Diagnostics AD100 hand held unit which plugs into a socket in the drivers footwell to access the ECU. The guy said that any specialist auto locksmith should be able to do this, I doubt they will be as cheap as this guy as he said he under quoted when I rang.
Hope this helps, best of luck.
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Hi Dave
It sounds like you dropped lucky there, how did you go about finding an automobile locksmith in the first place, all the ones I have seen operate from town cente shops and do house keys.
Phil
 
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