Easy To Find Codes:
When most cars are sold new, there is a tag with the
code numbers that is attached to the keys. If the salesperson is
not in too big of a hurry to take your money and move you out of there,
they'll write the code number down in the owner's manual along with the
rest of the purchasing information. That used to be standard
operational procedure when dealerships stressed service to their
customers. Too bad that courteousy has been dropped, probably due
to the extreme amount of time it takes to write down a four to six
digit number. I bet they figure you don't know they used to do
it, so why should they now.
But there are alternatives. General Motors
Corporation has a 24 hour roadside service that will release key codes
to a locksmith or a dealership for cars up to several years old.
Pontiac even goes back to 1973 and Caddilac to 1980. Most of the
rest of the General Motors divisions only go back seven or eight
years. An exception is Saturn who won't release codes at
all. The owner of the car needs the VIN (vehicle identification
number) which is the long number and letters that can be seen through
the bottom of the windshield on the driver's side. The VIN is
also located on your insurance card and car title which you will need
as proof of ownership for the dealership or locksmith. Once you
have your VIN, you have to call one of General Motors Roadside 800
numbers and tell them which dealership or locksmith you want the
codes released to. All you have to do then is arrange for getting
the keys from whomever you had the codes released to.
Ford and Chrysler do not release codes yet, but you
can call your local dealership and sometimes they will make the keys
for you. Also some of the foreign car dealerships such as Toyota
will make keys for you. If you lose keys for a rental car, the
rental agency will not have extra keys, but will be able to get the
codes for you.
Most foreign and some American made cars have key
codes located on them somewhere. Some are easy to get to and some
are not. Click here
for a list of cars with the locations of their codes.
If all else fails, almost all foreign cars have a
code number stamped on the passenger door lock. It'll require
taking the door apart to get to the code, but a little work can save a
lot of money. Of course a little work for me can be a big job for
someone not experienced or mechanically inclined. Even a high
security transponder key is cheaper if you have the code number for the
mechanical portion of it. Most dealerships have to call a locksmith
to make the mechanical part of the key before they can program the
car's computer to accept the new transponder code.