Car Key Replacement

car key replacement examples

Car Key Replacement Near Me

Have you lost or had your car, truck, or van key stolen? Maybe you just want a duplicate car key fob made to have a backup. Unfortunately, you can no longer make copies of automotive keys at the hardware store. Nowadays, most cars have either a push-button start system, keyless entry, or both.  That is why if you need a car key replacement, you require the services of a professional automotive key maker.  

The Key Crew offers mobile locksmith services as well as in-shop assistance. Our experienced technicians can easily and quickly duplicate and program your car key fob. Even if you do not have the original key, we can easily replace using our high-tech equipment. Call us today!

Affordable Car Locksmith San Diego, CA

When you are stranded and need help, you do not want to pay too much for a car key replacement. Despite the convenience of today's key fobs, they can become costly to replace and program. We understand the importance of saving money. At The Key Crew, we make sure that our pricing is 30-50% cheaper than dealerships. Furthermore, since we are mobile, you won't have to tow your car to a dealership or mechanic, saving you time and money. 

Are you interested to see what your vechile replacement key will cost? Request a free quote!

Locksmith for Cars Specializing in Key Fob Programming

Do you need a key fob programmed? Unfortunately, when you order key fobs online, there is a 50/50 chance the programming will work. However, if you purchased the key fob from the dealer, then it's probably fine. With over 20 years of experience, The Key Crew locksmith technicians have programmed all types of key fobs, including high-end smart keys for BMW, Mercedes, and more. We have the proper tools and equipment needed to get the job done right.  If the part you provide doesn't program, we charge a small attempt fee that you can apply towards purchasing the correct part, if needed.

Curious to know how much to program your key fob?  Request a free quote!

Trust The Car Locksmith AAA Has Contracted Since 2004

3 awards given to The Key Crew for over 15 years of locksmith services in San Diego from Automobile Club of Southern California, AAA.

Choosing a locksmith you can trust for you car key fob replacement is essential. We have worked with AAA since 2004, contract station AAA 496. All our technicians are licensed, fingerprinted on a state and federal level, and vetted through AAA’s extensive background checks. We are the only San Diego Locksmith who can make that claim. We also ensure that each team member is fully committed to customer satisfaction and go the extra mile to ensure you are completely satisfied with our services. 

You know that when you call The Key Crew:

  • Your information is secure and confidential
  • We are fully insured and bonded
  • Our company only uses top-quality products
  • Customer satisfaction is our #1 priority

 Are you a AAA member? Let us know. We can apply their discount to your total. 

The Key Crew has been helping motorists replace and program their automotive key fobs quickly and affordably since 1998. Our technicians are well-trained, licensed, and have all the tools necessary for providing fast and reliable service. Call us now!

Logo of Automobile Club of Southern California AAA roadside assistance

Emergency Mobile Automotive Key Fob Programming & Replacement

Sometimes you are caught off guard by unforeseen circumstances, like when you lock yourself out of your car or when your key breaks in the ignition. You're suddenly stuck, and you need an emergency car locksmith who can help you immediately. There's no need to worry.  At The Key Crew, we quickly provide emergency car key replacement and programming services. We cut and program keys for all types of vehicles, and even high-security fobs like BMW, Mercedes and Lexus. In addition, we have a large inventory of fobs, remotes, and smart keys in stock so that we can take care of you today, and you won't have to wait. Call us now!

Are you interested to see what your vehicle replacement key will cost? Request a free quote!


Types of Automotive Keys

The Key Crew is experienced with all these types of automotive keys and will get you back on the road in no time. We make it easy and convenient because we come to your location in San Diego and provide car key replacements and programming to match your automobiles locking system on-site.

Basic Key Replacement

Basic Automotive Car Key Replacement

The classic double-edged car key has been around for ages. Getting a new key made at The Key Crew locksmith shop is cheap and easy - less than $6. If you have lost all copies of your original key, you may still be able to have a new key made. We just need the make, model, year, and proof of ownership. We can come to your location, or you can come to us. Contact us today!

Transponder Key Replacement

Transponder Key example for car key replacement

This car key has a security chip, or also known as a transponder. A signal from the chip goes to the ignition and door locks of the car. Therefore, the driver can drive the vehicle and unlock the door. As your local San Diego car key maker, we will quickly cut and program your new vehicle transponder key at your location or our shop.  Contact us today!

Key Fob - Remote Keyless Entry Replacement

Key Fob - Keyless Remote Entry Example for car key replacement for remotes

This type of key fob, also known as a remote keyless entry, lets drivers lock and unlocks their vehicles with the push of a button. However, to turn the ignition, you still use the metal car key. If you still have the metal vechile key in your possession, you can start your car and open the door, even if you've lost your key fob. Free quote!

Switchblade Key Replacement

Example of a Switch blade key by Volkswagen VW-1691

This style folds the metal key into a plastic holder. By pushing the button on the holder, the metal key pops out.  A switchblade key typically includes a fob that allows doors to be locked and unlocked by pressing a button. Contact us today!

Smart Key Fob - Proximity Key Replacement

These keys are connected to the car and are small enough to fit in your pocket. These devices contain an electronic code, and once the code is validated, drivers can open doors or start the car. Smart keys do not have a traditional metal key. Instead, it will allow you to turn on the ignition by pressing a button when you are near.  If you lose a smart key, contact The Key Crew.  We can help you get a replacement and program the smart key fob quickly, as we have most make and models in stock. Free quote!

Benefits of Hiring The Key Crew Locksmith

Automotive Specialists

We have been leaders in the automotive locksmith industry since 1998!  

Our dispatchers can quickly assess lock and key issues and send a highly skilled locksmith to get you back on the road!

Save Money

Our replacement car keys are cheaper than the dealer.

The Key Crew offers two big advantages over new-car dealers: Our Honda replacement key fob usually come in at 30-50 percent less than the dealer, price-wise, and since we are mobile we come to you, so you don’t have to worry about towing.

Security & Trust

You need to trust the locksmith that will have codes to your car, home, and office.

Trust the company that AAA trusts year after year... The Key Crew. We are the AAA locksmiths for San Diego.   All of our locksmiths are licensed, finger printed on a state and federal level and vetted through AAA’s extensive background checks. 

This is a claim that our competitors can’t make.


4.8 Star rating

We have over 450 verifiable reviews on Google, Yelp and more.

Furthermore, Angies List recommends checking locksmiths reviews before hiring. “The best way to know if a locksmith is trustworthy is to research them in advance. Call them, ask them detailed questions and check their reviews.”


Car locksmith San Diego

We Cut and Program Car Key Fobs For Most Makes and Models

Before the vehicle unlocks the door or starts the engine, the key fob must be programmed for the car to read the codes. Manufacturers only give these codes to dealers and certified licensed locksmiths who have the equipment and expertise to program the automotive key fob to work with the corresponding vehicle.

At the Key Crew, not only can we quickly program any car key replacement, from transponders,  key fobs, or smart keys but also cut regular or laser-cut high-security keys. 

Here are some of the most recognized models that we work with.

Curious to know what your car key fob programming will cost? Request a free quote!



Land Rover


Are you looking for a model not listed here? Contact us today!  We are available to discuss your problem and suggest a course of action that is right for you.

Car Key Replacement Review 1 for The Key Crew from Yelp.
Car Key Replacement Review 1 for The Key Crew from Google My Business
Car Key Replacement Review 1 for The Key Crew from Yelp.

Serving San Diego and Surrounding Areas

Mobile Emergency Locksmith Available 7 Days a Week

Phone: 619-209-3554

Toll Free: 1-877-We-Get-In

Mobile Services: 7am-10pm

Shop Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: Closed

Our shop is conveniently located at:
3501 Adams Ave, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92116
FREE & convenient parking