How to Get a Replacement Toyota key6 min read
Locksmiths re-make Toyota keys for cars dated 1991 and later. In fact, our locksmiths are able to program the latest Toyota keys and smart keys for your car. What you should know as a car owner when shopping around for a car key replacement or to make a spare key.
Toyota lost key replacement cost
The cost to copy or replace your Toyota car key is the summary of the trip charge fee, parts, labor, key code (when needed) and programming fee.
Early Toyota models requires the ECU to be replaced or re-flashed before a new key can be programmed for your vehicle. For these vehicles, an additional cost will be charged. If your door and ignition key does not match, a new ignition needs to be installed or the current ignition needs to be rekeyed. These procedures might cost a bit more and subject to additional fees.
The types of Toyota Keys and Fobs that we can cut and program listed below (Latest first):
- Toyota Smart Key
- Remote Head Key
- Transponder Key (D, G, H)
- Classic Toyota Key & Remotes
- ECU Re-Flashing Service
Toyota Smart Key Replacement
Toyota introduced it Smart Key technology with the 2006 – 2007 Prius and Camry Hybrid models. Since then, Toyota optimized and perfected it Smart Key security encryption and key durability and functionality. The only down side to those smart keys, if any, is their price. OEM Toyota Key and Smart Key priced higher than the average car key replacement.
Toyota Key Replacement in Ashburn, VA
You can get a replacement Toyota Smart Key either by visiting your local Toyota dealership or by using a mobile car locksmith in Ashburn, VA.
Toyota Remote Head Key Replacement
Camry, Corolla, Sienna, Rav 4, 4 Runner, Tundra and so many other popular Toyota cars and trucks are using these remote head keys daily to lock, unlock and operate their vehicles.
We became so dependent in our vehicles that dealing with a broken or lost Toyota car key can be an unpleasant and stressful experience. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Although customers often worries about the cost of towing their car to the dealership, on top of the cost to make a new key for their car. However, most Toyota remote head keys has cheap aftermarket alternatives online.
Most Toyota remote keys has a chip inside the shell. This chip needs to be programmed first before it can start your vehicle. Those chip keys called Transponder keys. Additionally, like their name, the remote keys has a remote that can be programmed to your car. Most remotes can be programmed using on-board procedures.
Program Toyota Key
To program a spare or new Toyota key you will need to use a dealer tool or another diagnostic tool that can connect to your car OBD II and communicate with your car computer. Our auto locksmith carry the latest diagnostics tools and software in order to help you program or re-program your Toyota car key.
Aftermarket Toyota Keys
As a customer, it’s important that you will know what you are paying for when getting a replacement key for your Toyota vehicle. To reduce your replacement car key cost, our auto locksmiths will use aftermarket keys and remote keys by default. If you wish to have an OEM part, please note that this will increase your final cost.
Car Locksmith near Ashburn, VA
Our auto locksmith service is prompt and affordable when comparing with a local car dealership. Throughout our independent contractors, we provide mobile locksmith in Ashburn, VA.
Classic Toyota Key & Remote Replacement
Locksmiths can make keys for cars, even older cars, by decoding the locks and re-making a new key based on the the original key cuts. Some Toyota locks has a key code engraved on them, which makes the locksmith job somewhat easier. But sometimes, especially in the early models, accessing the lock that has the key code on it can be a challenging task by itself.
A trained car locksmith should be able to make a key for an older Toyota or replace an ignition within one hour. However, the time consuming and key code accessibility issues may lead to a higher cost for a replacement key, sometimes even higher than making a more recent key, even a chipped key.
How to Program a Toyota Remote
Most Toyota remotes between the years 1990 – 2006 are self programmable and instructions and how to videos can be found online.
Toyota ECU Re-flashing Service
The first generation of Toyota transponder keys requires replacing your car ECU if all keys are lost. A cheaper solution is to refresh the ECU.
Refreshing is the art of clearing the key information from the relevant chip on your car computer without damaging other elements in your vehicle. It is almost the same as resetting it back to factory mode and enabling self-learning mode.
If your car ECU needs to be re-flashed you should expect to pay between $100-$150 more for your key.
Toyota Keys and fobs (Smart keys) mentioned in this article can be programmed to one or more of the following models:
- FJ Cruiser
- MR2 Spyder
- 4 Runner
- Land Cruiser
- RAV 4
- Pickup Truck
- T100 Pickup