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I understand your frustration...but if you really like your car - then it would be a shame to let one jerk (who doesn't represent every other VW employee, and the better ones you can come across) ruin your view on, or overall experience with your car.

So...did the new key fix the problem?

You can get aftermarket keys really cheap on eBay (like under $30)...and some locksmiths can program the new aftermarket key if you have your old key (usually for under
$150 from memory).

Maybe you could instead keep your car...and instead seek help or tips on this forum in the future before taking the financial plunge on a repair - and we might sometimes be able to help you save money! :)
 

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I went to automotive specialist locksmith in Ballarat first (note I still have the original key but want second key), and they looked up on their database and said they can not supply a key for VW models post 1997- as VW keys now have a chip in them which can only be purchased from VW. So that's why I went to VW Ballarat. Now I have to wait 3 weeks for the key to turn up in the post from Germany and then I have to take the car to a VW dealer to get the key activated.
Maybe things are different in your part of the world - but I doubt it.
I'm also in Australia...and recently got a spare key (from a locksmith in Melbourne) made for my 2004 Honda CBR600RR. It was an aftermarket key...and he used an electronic device to clone the signal from my original key - and then transfer the information onto my new blank key (which they also cut).

I rang that same locksmith today (out of curiosity)...and he said it's possible they can do VW keys from the 2003 era - if it was bought into their store to check if compatible with what they have on their system.

Maybe you could find a place that can do it...then get a refund on your OEM key you've requested?

You might have to ring several locksmiths...and avoid the small one minute style key places - that often don't have the equipment that's required for key programming.

Kind regards! :)
 

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Here's some info from the Echuca Locksmiths website:

"Automotive security has changed dramatically in the last ten years. Today just to obtain a duplicate key for your car, can be difficult and expensive, by specializing in Automotive locksmithing we strive to be your best choice for Automotive locksmithing in the Echuca Moama area. We are continually upgrading our equipment and automotive technician training to ensure we are able to meet all your automotive lock enquiries. With all the new cars, with keyless entry and transponders, we have the majority covered, with a competitive price."

It looks like they can perhaps help you in the future?
 

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Thanks but mine is only costing $250 from VW and I can't readily get to Echuca as I work in Cohuna.
This time it is...but VW won't give it to you again at that price if there's a next time. After mentioning Bendigo and Cohuna...I assumed you had ways and means to travel
around for a key.

I still think you might be able to find a cheaper one within reach of you if more time was spent on it...or if you had to.

Anyway...as long as your happy now - and you have more information and options for the future now.

Kind regards! :)
 

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What am I on VW's hit list on something, as I got the key for list price.
I will check out your key guy in Echuca sometime but most shops there close at 12 noon on Saturdays, so not really a good option when its 65Km drive might as well go to Bendigo, I still trust the advice I got from Rodd Locksmiths https://www.roddlock.com.au/
What am I on VW's hit list on something, as I got the key for list price.
I will check out your key guy in Echuca sometime but most shops there close at 12 noon on Saturdays, so not really a good option when its 65Km drive might as well go to Bendigo, I still trust the advice I got from Rodd Locksmiths https://www.roddlock.com.au/
I thought you said that this time you only had to pay for just the key itself (and not the programming/coding) which was $240 plus $10 to buy. I assume you also have to get the key part of it cut yet and pay extra for that also?
Do VW normally do the programming part for free...or what do they normally charge?

Not all Locksmiths can do automotive key programming - and just because Rodd Locksmiths can't or doesn't do it...this doesn't mean that no other locksmith can either.

I don't know what hit list you think you're on? I've only tried to help you with alternative information that might be helpful...and you've way misunderstood if you feel
a victim of something here?

Kind regards! :)
 

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The key you are getting for $240 is likely not a (3 button) FOB key...and is just a (single button) transponder 'valet' key.

I got a price of $244 today for one of these today from Ballarat VW...and they want $532.40 for a full 3 button FOB key.

Bendigo VW normally charge $185 to program a key...so they are doing you a big (probably one time) favour there.

So if I wanted to buy a 3 button FOB key for my Beetle today from Ballarat VW for $532.40...then take it to
Bendigo VW for programming and paid regular price of $185.00 - then that would cost me $717.40.
The key from Echuca Locksmiths is an aftermarket (good quality) 3 button FOB key...and for $270 is cut and
programmed - ready to use.

By the way...Ballarat VW charge close to $100 to program a key - but even still after buying a 3 button FOB key from
them and getting them to program it...you're still at over $600.

So as you can see...Echuca Locksmiths can get you sorted for a 3 button FOB key for under half the price of
what your local VW dealer can.

Echuca Locksmiths aren't the only ones though...and Locksmiths all throughout Victoria will also be able help you
similarly if you spend some time finding the right shops.

For example...One near me gave me a price yesterday of $250 for a cut and programmed aftermarket 3 button
FOB key - and they even had a selection casing colours I could choose from for it.

Just remember though...not all locksmiths program keys...plus not all locksmiths that can program car keys
are able to do AUDI/VW keys - and you'll typically need to search around via internet and telephone to
find the ones that do what you need.

Hopefully some helpful information for you in the future if ever need another key.

All the best! :)
 

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Its a 3 button FOB key I'm getting
Then you got lucky this one time - and someone in the VW spare parts has either done you a favour, or made a mistake...as when I spoke to Ballarat VW today, the 3 button key FOB is $532.40...and the only key for around $240 is a one button more basic type key.

I checked with another VW dealer in my area as well...who told me that the 3 button type FOB key is $532.
 
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