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Old 11-14-2021, 06:22 AM   #1
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need help, lost key

Hello to everyone.
I'm new here and I hope, this forum can help me.
I have lost my key from my 2020 Express, I contacted dealer and they quoted like $600. plus gotta tow the car there!!! This is way too expensive... Any cheaper solutions that anyone has come across maybe? Any advice highly appreciated! Thanks in advance
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Old 11-14-2021, 07:49 AM   #2
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Did you try calling a locksmith?
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Old 11-14-2021, 08:13 AM   #3
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Other car makes are similar. You usually have to provide proof of ownership and registration I think.
Price sounds about right as well. It’s not your standard plain metal key I’m guessing if it’s a 2020.
Some vehicles do have a single blade key that could get you in the vehicle but may not start it.
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Old 11-14-2021, 10:58 AM   #4
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Have you tried a google search for "replacement key 2020 express"? Non-OEM keys are readily available for cheap, and they are DIY programmable if you have a working key......which sadly you don't have....


I searched for a minute or two.......consider spending some time searching, the way forward should be clear after that. Call a couple car locksmiths and ask them what they would do.


It appears your biggest challenge will be getting the chipped key programmed.


Consider getting a couple of keys programmed....
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My wife lost the key to her Mini Cooper. Had to take the registration and drivers license to the dealer and they ordered one. Cost us $250.
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Old 11-16-2021, 04:30 AM   #6
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yes, that's what I did
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Old 11-16-2021, 04:32 AM   #7
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Thank you for your help, I already found a solution!
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Old 11-16-2021, 04:33 AM   #8
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thanks, took me a while but finally I figured this out
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Old 11-16-2021, 04:36 AM   #9
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Hey everyone,
i just wanted to post an update, after a long research I did, here is what I came up with.

First, here is a great article with some ideas on how to find lost car keys.


MAKE SURE YOU CHECK IT OUT BEFORE YOU CALL FOR SERVICE:
https://lost-car-keys-replacement.co...lost-car-keys/

Hopefully, you wont need any service


I guess there is a huge difference between different keys, models, etc.
Also locksmiths and dealers charge different amounts for the very same key.
It helped me save a lot of money (more than $200).

Generally speaking, to get a replacement key, you have three options:
1.Call an automotive locksmith that offers a mobile service for cars. Here is a phone number for a company that have many different locations and locksmiths: 800-223-1453. I think they work all around the US but not sure. Give them a call and ask.
2.Tow the car to the dealer.
3.Order a key online and have the dealer or locksmith cut and program it for you (if necessary).
Here is the link to read more:
https://lost-car-keys-replacement.com/chevy/express/

If you do call a locksmith or the dealer, don’t forget to mention some important information so they will check if they have the key blank and the necessary tools to code you the new key:
1.Year, make and model of the car
2.Your exact location including street address and zip (for the locksmith to find you easily)
3.VIN number of the car located on the dashboard – very important
4.Make sure you can show them proof of ownership – otherwise they will not make you a new replacement key.

Regarding the cost, it really depends on the type of key you had.
There are 3 main types of keys:
Non-chip keys: for older models (mostly 2000 and older)
Transponder chip keys – these types of keys must be coded on site with a special machine, otherwise the car wont start. These are more expensive to make
Key fob – push to start – these are the most expensive types of keys. Mostly made for models made after 2012.
The average cost is somewhere between $200-$460. It also depends on your location, time of day, weekend, etc etc.
Here is the link for some additional information:
https://lost-car-keys-replacement.co...lacement-cost/



Good luck!
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Old 11-18-2021, 11:01 AM   #10
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Hello to everyone.
I'm new here and I hope, this forum can help me.
I have lost my key from my 2020 Express, I contacted dealer and they quoted like $600. plus gotta tow the car there!!! This is way too expensive... Any cheaper solutions that anyone has come across maybe? Any advice highly appreciated! Thanks in advance
Assuming you are talking about a Smart Key fob, some generic fobs are available online and at some retailers, such as Batteries plus Bulbs. These fobs have to be programmed, but this can be done by a licensed locksmith and maybe by the vendor. This is usually much less expensive than getting a replacement via an automobile dealership. I had this done for one of my vehicles, to replace a lost key fob. However, I still had one fob with the cut key in it. I'm not sure whether or not you will need an original key fob for the programming or not. But it is worth a little of your time to look into this.
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