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Is the Cost of a Spare Key Really Worthwhile?

Keys Supplied for BMW, Land Rover, Range Rover, Jaguar and Mini

I was asked a bit of a weird question today:- “If I’ve only one key, what’s the financial benefit in getting a spare, as against losing my only key?”


How much extra is losing your only key compared to buying a spare?

Ignoring the inconvenience – you could lose your key when the car is somewhere really inconvenient and it could be out of action for a day or more – the cost of opening a locked car, decoding the lock, making a new key and programming it to the car can be significant.

These prices are absolute minimum an “all keys lost” will cost, based on you getting the disabled car here (no doubt on a transporter at a further cost)

E46/53 etc. spare Diamond key – £80.00

Minimum cost of all keys lost – £175.00

E60/70/87/90 spare CAS slot in key £100.00 or £120.00

Minimum cost of all keys lost pre 2008 £175.00

Minimum cost of all keys lost post 2008 £275

L322 Spare key from – £100.00

Minimum cost of all keys lost – £200.00

Range Rover Sport and Discovery 3 Spare key – £125

Minimum cost of all keys lost – £350.00 (and possibly four figures!!)

MiniSpare key from – £100.00

Minimum cost of all keys lost £175 – 275


If you only have one key, get a spare now.

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