How do you replace the keys for a late-model BMW?
August 26, 2016 5:28 AM   Subscribe

It's a BMW that was purchased new in the past two years or so.

I found this website, but I would like to hear about the step-by-step process from people who have actually done this. I understand you have to call the dealer so they can reprogram the lock, but how long does it take? And you need to show the dealer your license and registration, right? What else?
posted by the_blizz to Travel & Transportation (4 answers total)
Best answer: I think your best bet is to call the dealership where it was bought and ask. They can tell you how long it will take to reprogram and what kind of information/proof of ownership they require.
posted by INFJ at 6:01 AM on August 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I called the dealer. They called back to tell me it was in stock. I went there, I told them my VIN. They handed me a key. I asked 'that's it?' The guy said 'take it outside, stick it in the car, you're in business.' We had to program the seat memory and radio stations and whatever else gets stored in the key later. I think it was like $225 or so, an insane amount of money.
posted by fixedgear at 7:26 AM on August 26, 2016

There are many (reputable, bonded) locksmiths who may be able to do this. You don't need to pay dealer prices, which can be double what a locksmith might do. I'd search locally and look for a business that's been around for a while, has decent ratings and is comfortable giving an advance price.
posted by bonehead at 8:09 AM on August 26, 2016

No. A locksmith can't help you.
posted by fixedgear at 1:57 AM on August 27, 2016 [2 favorites]

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