Pricing for popular car keys



We shadow shopped for replacement car keys at 22 dealerships across NSW and SA, and compared their quotes with those of an auto locksmith in the same state. Below is a sample of what we found. In some cases you save over $100 by shopping around. 


Car State Dealer standard key charges Auto locksmith* standard key charges  Auto locksmith* manual key charges
Mazda 2 (2012) NSW $480
Must be booked in advance, 2 hours at dealership
$385
45-minute job
$165
45-minute job
Subaru Forester (2010) NSW $466
Must be booked in advance, 1.5 hours for coding
$385
45-minute job
$187
45-minute job
Mitsubishi Overlander (2013) SA $267
Must be booked in advance, 30 minutes to code
$260
45-minute job
$150
45-minute job
Nissan Pulsar (2012) NSW $330
One day to order parts, 1 hour at dealership
$283
45-minute job
$143
45-minute job
Ford Focus (2010) NSW $501
Must be booked in advance, full day at dealership for coding
$350
45-minute job
$176
45-minute job
Lexus IS 250 (2010) SA $740
Must be booked in advance, 1 hour to code
$660
With existing fob
No manual option available

*Including travel to the car

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