If you’ve lost a car key you can get another without going to an approved dealer. Many showrooms will tell you that only they can program keys for that make of vehicle – that is often incorrect. It is likely than an independent auto locksmith can make a new key/remote for you. Some dealerships may even take a week to get your key sent over from Germany. That won’t help when you’re stuck at the side of the road.
Is the price of a spare or duplicate key may putting you off getting another one cut and programmed? Once all keys are lost it will be significantly more expensive to make you a new key. If you already have a remote it may be possible to just do the cheaper option of a chipped (transponder) key without buttons. (A chipped key will often suffice for EU/US vehicles. Asian vehicles may require a remote to cancel the alarm).
Until the particular nearby branches in Gloucestershire closed I used to program keys for 2 different franchised dealerships because we produced keys quicker and cheaper for their own vehicles than their own technicians could do them.
Nobody can do all vehicles from every manufacturer, but it’s worth asking.
We’re based in Forest of Dean / Ross and Wye but no matter where you are in the country, give your local independent auto locksmith (not associated with a high street key cutters) a call if you need a spare or replacement car key programming.
If you’ve only got one car key it is advisable to get a spare cut and programmed.