You may be prone to misplacing things, or perhaps you are out riding, offroading, and living life when suddenly your spare set of keys goes missing. Regardless of the reason, many people find themselves in a situation where they have lost their Jeep’s key.
Where can I get Jeep replacement keys? And how much do they cost?
Where can I get Jeep replacement keys and how much do they cost? There are several options for replacing your Jeep’s keys. Starting as low as $10-15 for just an ignition key, all the way up to $120-$250 or more for a dealer to provide, cut, and program the key, there is an array of costs and options based on what you need for your Jeep.
While that may seem to be an insanely large range of costs, what you need will depend on what your situation is and the factors surrounding that. Thus, it is difficult to provide an exact estimate for your situation when the details could vary so much. Below I will walk through how to help you make the best choice for replacing your Jeep’s keys including how to decide and how to avoid high costs.
Options for Replacing Your Jeep’s Keys: How to Decide
Unfortunately, it is not always as easy or affordable as just picking up a new key from your local locksmith or hardware store. Choosing how to get your new key for your Jeep is going to be the most difficult part of this decision. Thankfully, there are easy ways to know what to do. Read on to know where to begin.
Just an Ignition Key (No Fob)
If you are looking just to pick up an ignition spare, you are in luck! Almost any model and year of Jeep can be made for you at a local store. Home Depot or Ace Hardware, as examples. are always great and reliable options to drop by, and this will be your cheapest option for sure.
This is one of the best options for people who still have a master key and are just looking to have a spare. While you may not think that you need a spare key for your Jeep, this can be an inexpensive way to save a lot of hassle should your master key go missing.
Purchasing just a key without a fob is going to be the least expensive option. Expect to only pay between $5-15 for this at a standard hardware store. You can usually pick up a key that fits your Jeep, and have it cut right in a home improvement store like Lowes or Home Depot.
This option is almost always going to be one of the most convenient and quick that you can find. Low cost and convenience for this option make it a great choice if you only need a simple ignition key for your Jeep.
Getting an Ignition Key Replacement
Purchasing an ignition key replacement is a good option for someone who is out of their own keys and is looking to stick to a budget. Getting a replacement key that is just for the ignition is very doable and should not cause you too much of a headache.
If your vehicle is very new, this may be unrealistic as your entire key could require a chip replacement instead of just the ignition key. Keeping this in mind, it is important to check the make and model of your Jeep to know what will be required for your purchase.
Purchasing and obtaining an ignition key can still be an affordable option similar to a key without a fob. You can order a key online or pick it up at your local hardware store, and bring it to someone that is able to cut it without needing an original to work from.
These will include locksmiths, some local stores (occasionally Sears is able to), and dealerships. It is suggested that you call the store prior to going so that you will know for certain that they can complete this process for you.
Costs on getting an ignition key replacement will vary but expect a range of anywhere from $30 to $80 depending on where you go. While this is still a lower expense than other options, you can see how obtaining a key that is more than just a “copy and paste” will cost you a little bit more.
Key and Key Fob Spare
If you are looking to make a spare key and want the fob (keyless entry) ability, you are still in luck, overall, because this can be done affordably. Ace Hardware has a great tool to tell whether or not they are able to do this for you.
Other stores may be able to help with this option as well. The best thing to do if you are curious about whether or not a local store in your area will be able to perform the service is to give them a call or visit their website to find out.
If you plan to obtain a key and key fob spare in the least expensive way (and why would you not?), then you can order a blank key fob online and have it programmed locally, for example, at Ace Hardware or other similar hardware stores. This could bring down your costs significantly compared to purchasing a blank key fob from the store or a Jeep dealership.
In total, this is expected to be less than $100 total for the job. If your Jeep key needs to be replaced by the dealer, you should then contact them and determine your best options from there.
Just note that any time you are working with a dealership, you are more than likely going to experience a higher range of costs involved.
Getting a Key and Key Fob Replacement
Getting a key and key fob replacement will undoubtedly be the most costly option, but it is often necessary when someone loses their original set of Jeep keys.
While there is potential that Sears or Ace Hardware can do this job for you, it is a much higher likelihood that you will need to go directly to a dealership to have this done for you.
The risk of needing a dealer rises the newer your Jeep is due to the updated models of Jeep keys and key fob replacements. While this is not ideal, if you find yourself in the situation, there really is no other option.
Getting a new key and key fob replacement for your original set at the dealership will range from $120 to $250 (and occasionally more depending on the make and model of your car as well as the local dealership prices).
It is clear that this is the most expensive option because you are seeking out the most detailed and individualized piece of equipment for your vehicle. The dealer will not have a spare to work with, so they will need to create the mold in a more extensive “copy and paste” form.
The way to minimize this cost, if your car is able to, is to get a blank-chipped third party key fob for a less expensive cost and then ask the dealer to program it for you.
Even with this option, you can expect to pay at least $100 for that replacement key, and possibly much more. Hopefully, this will help to serve as an encouragement for keeping better track of your keys- not that you will need it after this hassle.
How to Avoid High Key Costs
There are many ways that you can attempt to avoid the high costs that come with replacing your Jeep keys. Now, if you are looking at this article because you are currently finding yourself in the dilemma of needing one, these may be some things to consider for your upcoming future. Here are a few suggestions to begin with.
- Always get a spare (and spare fob). Having a spare key and fob will help you to never have to deal with the most expensive option (replacing the originals from scratch). This will also help you to never have to worry about being entirely without access to drive your Jeep. Choosing to obtain a spare key (and a spare fob) is the best way to play it safe and potentially save yourself hassle and money in the case that you lose your main set.
- Check with all possible people (online, hardware stores, locksmiths) prior to a dealer. Dealers are absolutely going to be the most expensive option for the replacement of your Jeep keys. Now, in certain situations as described above, going to anyone but a dealer will not be a viable option for you. However, if you can avoid a dealership- do it.
- Never buy two Jeep keys from a dealer. If it becomes necessary to purchase one Jeep key from a dealer, then it is suggested to obtain a second from a third party as your spare. This will save you the higher from the higher cost of the spare key even though you will be paying for the first one from the dealer.