eBay Car Keys to Avoid

Looking for a cheap car key? You can save a lot of money, but also waste money too. In this article, we’re going to tell you about eBay car keys to avoid.

There’s no problem with eBay itself. It’s a great place to find unusual items and second-hand bargains and even most new items quickly and easily. We understand why you’d want to buy a car key from eBay.

After all, a car key that would normally cost £150 can be bought off eBay for £10.

Unfortunately there’s a problem.

eBay Car keys to Avoid – Why can’t I buy one?

The car manufacturers have screwed you over. Let’s look at the problem.

Do you remember the old days of burning CD’s? Car keys are very much like this.

There are two types of CD’s. One of them can be written over and over again. It’s a CD-RW and if you mess up the recording, no bother, just do it again.

Then there’s the other type, CD-R’s. When you burn these, you get one chance. Once it’s burnt, right or wrong, you either have a good CD copy, or it has to go into the bin!

eBay car keys to avoid – Problem 1

Ok, lets get back to car keys, so it all makes sense.

Unfortunately, as of 2019, most car keys are the same as CD-R’s. This means that once a key has been programmed once to a car, it cannot be coded in to another car again. This is like the ‘used’ key in the photo above.

The car key electronics are full of information. However when they are new, the have some empty space.  This space on the car key electronics chip is ready to accept the information from the first car that it’s programmed to.

The car details are ‘burnt’, or written into the key. It’s like a handshake between the car and key, and when it’s done, that’s it. The empty space on the key has been filled up.

That car key can never be coded to a different car again, ever.

Is there a way to make a used car key work again?

Well yes. Ok, there is some very specialist equipment available, that can change a programmed key into a ‘virgin key’, but it’s very unusual. We don’t have it. We don’t know any Auto Locksmiths with it. The equipment ‘unlocks’ the key, so fresh new data can be written to it.

We looked through over 200 eBay adverts and none mentioned that the key had been ‘unlocked’.

So yes, in theory, it can be done.

If there’s a company that sell eBay car keys, and they state that it has been ‘unlocked’, then that is one of three problems overcome

However, if it’s just a regular seller, getting rid of their old spare car key that’s been stuck in a drawer, then you must avoid this.

There are two other problems with buying car keys online.

eBay car keys to avoid problem 2

Is it the correct key for your car?

Even though you may get hold of a ‘virgin key, that’s been refreshed and made like new, how do you know if it’s the correct key?

Let’s look at ink you buy for your printer at home.

Have you had the frustration of buying an ink cartridge, opening up all the packaging and finding out it’s the wrong one for what you need?

For a start, it won’t fit into your printer, and then the shop don’t want it back because no-one wants to buy an ink cartridge that’s been opened! This is why they add numbers to ink cartridges, so you get the correct part number.

This is the problem you have with buying used car keys.

When you’re looking at Ford, the choices are very basic, and the chances are that you have the correct part number, the correct key for your car.

However, as soon as you leave Ford, you’re in big trouble.

Peugeot and Citroen Keys

There are about twenty different car keys that look the same. They may have 2 or 3 buttons, but they look similar. Unfortunately, they all have different part numbers.

pic of many different types of psa key together

Despite what eBay sellers advertise, most Peugeot and Citroen keys will only fit one model of car. The reasons are that there are four different shape of key blade, different button types and the electronics are not compatible between different models.

Therefore there’s a problem if we look at this type of eBay advert

 

The key blade for a Peugeot 407, is different to that of a 207 and 307 and 308. So obviously, this key blade shape will not fit into half the models listed. It’s not rocket science.

The next issue, is the buttons. So on this key, there are two, and on a 407 there are three. So it won’t work. It’s not as if you’ll miss out on a button, it means that the key will not programme so it will end in the bin.

eBay car keys to avoid problem 3

Finding someone to cut and code your eBay key.

There’s a bit of a problem with getting your car key cut. We’re learning that large national brands, are refusing to cut any car keys that have not been sold by them.

When you look on Amazon at the reviews, some of the bad reviews are not actually about the quality of the car key.

The reason they leave such bad reviews are that buyers are struggling to find someone to cut the keys from eBay and Amazon.

So if you buy your own key from Amazon, and it’s a virgin key, and it’s the correct key, there’s still the problem of getting the key cut.

Our advice it to find a local Auto Locksmith that understands what you’ve bought and what you need. If you’ve got a good key, then a local specialist will look at it and know whether they want to touch it or not.

We’re more than happy to cut and code keys that customers bring in, because we know which eBay car keys to avoid. As long as a customer is honest about where they got it, and can show us the listing, we’ll check it out before we touch it.

If you have a good quality car key that you have got from eBay or Amazon, there’s no reason for us not to cut and code it. Whereas, if you bring in something bad to us, we’ll not touch it. We’ll explain why and actually save you money. There’s no point throwing good money after bad!

All good independent Auto Locksmiths have the skills to make a sensible decision.

eBay Car Keys to avoid Checklist

  1. Is it a ‘virgin’ key – avoid anything that says ‘used’.
  2. Is it the correct key for your car? – A good eBay or Amazon seller will be able to tell you if it’s compatible.
  3. Can you find someone to cut and code your car key? Talk to a local expert first, before wasting money on something that you can’t get cut.

Let us know how you get on. If you find a really helpful Auto Locksmith that deserves a mention, leave it in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fix My Car Key HOW TO

How do I fix my car key? It’s a question we keep getting asked on our website and YouTube channel. You can do it yourself, and there are five stages you need to know about.

  1. Selecting the correct repair case
  2. Getting the new case turning the locks
  3. Opening the old broken key
  4. Swapping over electronics
  5. Rebuilding the new case

This guide will help you with all of this today.

Before we start – IMPORTANT

There’s good news and bad, we’ll start with the bad to get it out of the way.

Car keys are full of delicate electronics, and put into cases that are not fit for purpose. This means that sooner or later, you’ll have a car key that needs fixing because the blade has snapped.

Fix My Car Key

Or maybe the buttons on the case have perished, or the flip mechanism isn’t working. Whatever problem you have, if you want to save money and fix it, you need to get the car key opened up. On most keys, it’s safe to open it up.

IMPORTANT

There’s always the chance that when open up your car key, something will break. It may have already been broken, or halfway there! If the chip breaks, the car won’t start and you’ll wish you never even asked the question ‘How do I fix my car key?’

In a perfect world, you’ll have a spare before you go any further. We know life isn’t always like this,and you may just need to fix the one you have.

Please, please, please, bear this in mind before starting. Ok, now that’s done, let’s get on.

Fix My Car Key  Steps 1-5

Selecting the Correct Case

Like anything you buy, there are good and bad cases. The most common places are eBay and Amazon.

We think the best cases are held together with a screw, don’t need to be glued, and the buttons are reasonable to press.

The bad cases need to be glued shut ( believe me it can go everywhere and there’s no way back!) and the buttons are rock hard. There are also problems where the flip doesn’t work well.

So how do you know what to buy? 

Because we’re real Auto Locksmiths, we use these everyday in our business, selling locally. We know that if we sell rubbish, it’s going to come back! So if you’d like to take a look at what we have on offer in our Amazon store , click here. 

Fix My Car Key – Getting the New Key Turning the Locks

We know it’s tempting to jump right in and open up the old key, we get this. However, We always recommend that you get the new case to the point where you know it will turn the locks in your car.

You have two options for this

  1. Get the key blade cut
  2. Swap over the key blade from the old key into the new case.

Which is better?

Both come with problems. You may have problems getting the blade cut. Some national key cutting chains will not cut a key they haven’t sold. So you may end up with a good case, that you can’t get cut. If you have this problem, look for an independent company.

Swapping the Blade

If you decide to do this, you may find the old blade won’t go into the new case. Check our instructions for your particular car in our Learning Centre

Fix My Car Key – Opening up the broken key

Most car keys are fine for some car key DIY. The tricky part is opening the key up. Once you do that, it’s just a bit of a puzzle getting everything back together.

A Moment of Accidental Genius!

Back in 2017, I was trying to open a  2013 Vauxhall Insignia key. It was glued together, and up to that point I’d used a hot soldering iron to melt the plastic, but it took forever. Then I realised by chance, that if I used a pair of Circlip pliers to put pressure on the case, the key case opened easily!

Have you seen these before? They work really well and we now use them to open a whole range of keys that need fixing.

Buy Circlip Pliers on Amazon

Take a look at our video below

Fix Broken Nissan Key

Do you have a problem with your broken Nissan key?

Does your car key get lost because you can’t attach it to your house keys? Are you worried about it getting lost?

broken nissan key

We’re starting to get emails from owners of Nissan Juke, Qashqai and other models that have a broken Nissan Key. It’s a simple problem because it means the car key can’t be attached to a bunch of keys, and ends up getting lost.

The problem is with the emergency key blade. Unfortunately it’s not been made strong enough, and the thin plastic loop breaks.

A lot of Nissan owners believe a complete key is needed, but fortunately you can fix this problem cheaply and easily.

Broken Nissan Key HOW TO fix your car key

Instead of having to pay £250 for a new key cut and programmed, you only need the Nissan emergency key blade.

If you order from the Nissan dealer, this will still cost between £60-£80! However, there’s another way to fix it.

If you don’t want to fix it yourself, find a local Auto Locksmith, that will be able to supply and cut a replacement blade much cheaper than the Nissan dealer.

If you want to find a good one, follow this link to our blog post.

Fix your own key with some Key DIY

The blades are available from Amazon at a very reasonable price. In fact, the aftermarket keys normally have a metal ring instead of the plastic loop, which makes them a lot stronger.

Buy This Blade on Amazon

Getting the key blade cut.

It’s very important that you get this blade cut. It’ll be tempting to swap it over and carry on as usual, however, if the car battery goes flat, you’ll need the emergency key blade.

The day you’re locked out and only have a blank, uncut key blade, will not be much fun so finish the job to fix your broken Nissan key.

Follow the link above to find a good Auto Locksmith or key cutting shop that will cut the blade. We’d expect you to pay about £10, which we believe is a fair charge.

Are there key shops that refuse to cut eBay keys?

We’re told that some of the national chains such as Timpsons refuse to cut keys that they haven’t sold. So phone around and find out who will cut the key before you go driving all over town.

That’s it! Job done and now you should be able to get your key back to working order. We’ve made a video all about the problem and hope it helps.

Do eBay Vauxhall Keys Work? We Show you

Thinking about getting a spare Vauxhall key? When a new key from the dealer is nearly £200, then it’s understandable you’ll look for a cheaper deal. The question we keep getting asked is ‘do eBay Vauxhall Keys work?’.

Can a second-hand Vauxhall key be taken from one car and programmed to another?

When eBay sell a good condition Vauxhall flip key for just £10, it’s tempting to take a chance.

Do eBay Vauxhall Keys Work? We tried it out for you.

eBay Vauxhall keys

 

So we bought a key like this on eBay, not the one in the photo, but the same type of listing and the same price. Let’s have a look at the information that’s in the listing.

The first page states it as ‘tested’. Tested on what? The last car?

Although it worked on the last car, in this case it’s irrelevant. Let’s look at why.

eBay Vauxhall keys

 

When you look at the details, it clearly states that the key is ‘used’. This should be a warning that it won’t work on another car, even if it worked on the last car perfectly. We’ll prove it later in this article.

However, more interesting is the next page of the description.

‘This key will require being ‘unlocked’ using specialist equipment’

In the description there’s some really important information that will make all the difference. It also covers the seller from any liability when it doesn’t work.

eBay Vauxhall keys

The second paragraph is a standard disclaimer below.

‘The vehicles listed above are for guide purposes, so please check suitability as well as the part number before purchase’

How on earth are you supposed to check compatibility? How can the average eBay buyer, (that’s you and me), check any part number for anything? But even if you did check the part somehow, and it matched your car, there’s still a problem.

Your Vauxhall eBay Keys will need some ‘specialist treatment’

The text in red is very unusual in any eBay car key listing. Looking through 200 car key listings of used keys, this is the only one that told the truth. The seller actually tells you it won’t work unless you’re very lucky.

‘The key will require being unlocked using specialist equipment, by a key programmer who deals in used keys’

We don’t know any Auto Locksmith that will accommodate you when you ask them to ‘programme a used car key’. We don’t know any Auto-Locksmiths that happily deal in used keys.

If you find one with the ‘expensive equipment’ to ‘unlock’ a used key, they may charge you for the pleasure. As far as we’re aware, to unlock this key, it would need to be broken open to get to the circuit board. The case would then need to be replaced.

Why do eBay Vauxhall Keys need ‘unlocking’?

It’s really simple. When a chip is in a virgin state, it has a blank space on the chip. It’s ready to have important information written to it.

When a key is programmed to any car, there is an exchange of information between the car and the key. Information from the car is written onto the key, and it’s ‘locked’. Just like an old-fashioned CD-R, it cannot be written to again, unless it’s ‘unlocked’.

Most modern car keys work like this.

Do Any eBay Vauxhall Keys Work?

There are sellers that sell brand new, ‘Virgin’ Vauxhall keys. This is a key that’s never been programmed. As long as the key is compatible then yes, it will programme up. However, if the key is ‘used’, forget it (unless the sellers states it has been ‘unlocked’).

If you’re not sure, ask the seller.

Can I get a cheap eBay Vauxhall Key?

The really good news is that within the last few months, a brand new range of cheaper car keys have been made that work with Vauxhall Insignia, Vauxhall Astra-J and Vauxhall Mokka cars.

We’ll soon have a link to buy these, so keep a look out.

Can you prove that used eBay Vauxhall keys don’t work?

Yes, take a look at our video and it will show you what happens when we cut and code our ‘used’ eBay key. It will also show the new, cheaper version of car key that we mentioned above.

We hope this helps you and saves you wasting your time and money. If you have any questions, just leave them in the comments.

 

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Cheap Ford Car Key Review

It’s no wonder you get frustrated when trying to buy a cheap ford car key. We’ve been looking at all the options for you.

At the end of this post, we’re going to point you in the right direction, and looking at the keys available that you can buy. Hopefully we’ll find a few bargains for you.

As far as we can see, the choice on Amazon and eBay is vast, and the feedback on most varies from ‘5 stars Excellent’, all the way down to ‘one star avoid at all cost!’

We’re not talking about different products either! You can get these two different reviews on the same key! So we decided to buy a few of these and see for ourselves what they are like.

Ia a cheap Ford Car Key as good as genuine Ford key?

Hopefully you’ll agree that if you’re paying under £15-00 for a cheap ford car key from Amazon, it’s not going to be up to the standard of a Ford genuine part.

How much is a genuine Ford Remote flip key?

When we checked in April 2019, the cost of a flip key from our local dealer is as follows. The key splits into two parts.

The Flip Blade

The flip part has the correct transponder chip inside, along with the blank, uncut blade. The price from Ford is £37.87 + Vat = £45.44

Cheap Ford car Key

The Flip Remote 

The remote has a Ford badge and is designed to fit into the flip blade part of the key. The price from Ford is £90-40 +Vat = £108-48

Cheap Ford car Key

So if you buy a genuine remote key from Ford, in April 2019, the total price for the real deal is £153.92

‘That’s a lot of money! I only want a car key’... So we understand why you are looking for a cheaper alternative.

So how can you save money when looking for a cheap Ford car key?

You have to compromise on quality and buy a copy key. The differences will be as follows.

  • The two parts may not fit together correctly
  • The electronics for the buttons may not be reliable
  • The transponder chip ( that lets the car start) may not be the correct one for the car
  • The blade may be too thick, and not fit into the lock correctly.
  • You won’t get a Ford badge!

Under £10, instead of over £150

This is a really important point. The keys we’re looking at here are a fraction of the price of the real deal. So you need to be realistic about what you are going to get.

We see Ford car keys every day. We sell the genuine article, so we know how they should be. However, the aim of this article is to review what’s available and recommend the best out there for you.

Why are you telling everyone where to get a cheap Ford car key?

Let’s be honest, if you don’t want to pay the full price, ( and who can blame you), then you’re going to buy something out there. So we hope that we can point you in the right direction.

When customers come to us, we’re very clear that we’ll cut and code what they bring to us, as far as Ford is concerned.

Hopefully by following our recommendation, you’ll get a reasonable quality, cheap Ford car key.

A Case or a Key?

Before we look at what’s available, a word of caution. It’s very easy to buy a car key case, thinking that you are getting all the important electronics inside. We should know, because as you’ll read below, we made that mistake, and we’ve been doing it fifteen years!

So let’s look at Amazon and what’s available.

When do you want it?

The first problem we found was delivery time. If you want the cheapest keys available, you’ll need to wait while it gets shipped around the world from China.  The low price reflects the fact that you may have a bit of a wait.

Lets look at the orders we put in on the 7th April 2019.

The first two, priced at around £6-00 and free delivery are due to arrive in 2-3 weeks.

The third, priced at around £10-00 is due within 7 days. So it may be worth paying the extra few pounds to get it quicker.

Ford Cheap Car key Review – Who are the sellers?

Ford Flip Key Amazon Seller number 1

Seller ID is Semoic and the price of the key is under £6 along with free shipping (2-3 weeks).

Cheap Ford car Key

Good Points – It’s cheap.

Bad Points – There are no reviews. This doesn’t mean it’s bad, after all, there are no bad reviews! however we all like to buy things that have some reviews. To find out what we though of this item, click here.

Update. It’s May 12th and nothing has arrived!

14th May 2019 Update  – Email today from the seller, interestingly called ‘Happy Lemon tea’.

To be fair it’s an update at least. The parcel should have been delivered by now and do I want a refund?

pic of email.

To be honest I just want the key. This is proving incredibly frustrating.

 

Ford Flip Key Amazon Seller number 2

Seller ID is Heart Horse and the price of the key is under £9-00 along with free shipping (7 days). The seller is Amazon’s choice and has twenty six reviews, many more than any other seller.

Cheap Ford car Key

Good Points –  Lots of 5 star reviews. Fast shipping by comparison

Bad Points – A few bad reviews.

To find out how this Ford Flip stood up to cutting and coding, click here to read more.

UPDATE 

We received this key very quickly, within 2-3 days. Very simply packaged but arrived in excellent condition. BUT, something we didn’t spot, so there’s a chance you may not either.

This is a case, NOT a complete key. It does say this in the title but somehow we missed it! It wasn’t the Amazon sellers fault, but ours. With it being Amazon’s Choice, I didn’t look closely enough. We’re telling you this so you don’t make the same mistake.

The smaller images do show that there’s nothing inside.

cheap ford car key

So don’t buy this, (like we did), if you need a spare key. It won’t programme and the seller isn’t selling it as a key either. So no more updates for this item from us, let’s move on.

Ford Flip Key Amazon Seller number 3

Seller ID is XZANTE and the price of the key is under £6-00 along with free shipping (2-3 weeks). Looking at the images used, I expect this is the same as seller number one, or at least the item is the same. Nearly every detail is the same on the seller page.

Cheap Ford car Key

We’re currently waiting for these keys to arrive, when they do we’ll make a short video review and let you know what we think.

Keep a look out and We’ll keep you updated.

Update. It’s May 12th and nothing has arrived!

Ford Flip Key Amazon Seller number 4

Seller ID is Autoschlussel-finder and this key is priced much higher at around £30 + delivery, which means your paying just under £35. 

 

This was ordered on the April 7th 2019 and the expected delivery date is May 2nd 2019, a wait of nearly 4 weeks.

Update.

Four weeks later, nothing has arrived!

Today, May 12th, and three messages later to the supplier, nothing has arrived and no communication at all, which is frustrating. If I was a real customer, I would have cancelled by now. However, I am going to wait this out.

Ford Flip Key Amazon Seller number 5

Our last Amazon item was ordered some time after the others.

This was ordered on the 17th April 2019 and delivery was listed as 7 days. Look out for our review.

Amazing! An Amazon Car key order that actually arrives! and on time. This arrived very quickly, within 3 days so look out for the review.

 

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Car Key Repair How To

If your reading this, you’re not alone! We have 1000 visits to our website every day looking for help with  car key repair information.

As well as this, every month we take hundreds of calls, all around the country, from car owners struggling with a broken car key or broken van key.

 

 

We’ve written at length about car key repair techniques, both on YouTube and in this blog. So at last, here is our our 5 step guide to fixing your own car key.

Important Car Key Repair Warning

Although we believe that most car keys can be fixed, there are a few basic rules that you should thing about first.

Do you have a spare key? 

Most car keys are glued together, so you’ll need to break them open in order to complete your car key repair. Electronics are delicate and accidents happen. If you damage the key when you open it, you may end up with a car that won’t start!

It might not even be your fault. It could be that the immobiliser chip circuit is already faulty, but when you open it up, it fails altogether. We also see this occasionally at our shop in Lincoln.

Do you have the tools you need?

Most of the time you’ll only need very basic tools. The most important tool we use for car key repair are called circlip pliers. Like in the photo below. They’re really cheap and will help you so much.

Buy Circlip Pliers on Amazon

If you’re planning to swap the blade over from your old broken car key to the new case, a word of caution. It’s not always straight forward.

You’d think that you could pop it out, then fit in easily. However, you have to remember that the new case has been made in a different factory to the original dealer key.

Hopefully this photo shows how the tang, the part that gets held by the key, is different in the original at the top, and the repair case at the bottom.

If you want to swap the blade as part of your car key repair, you’ll need to modify the tang with a small needle file.

Buy Needle File set on Amazon

The other thing that will help is a pin punch, or something similar. The one we recommend is made from steel and is a similar size as the pin you are trying to knock out. You still need to make sure the pin punch doesn’t get stuck in the case!

 

 

Buy Pin Punch on Amazon. 

We think the easiest thing to do is to get the blade cut which should cost you around £10. However, some of the big national companies refuse to do this, so you may need to phone around.

Buy the Correct Car key Repair Case

We have a few tips on choosing the correct case. You’ll find them on eBay and Amazon. They range from £1.99 – £20 and high price is not always a sign of high quality unfortunately.

The main problem with choosing a repair case is getting the correct one, especially with Peugeot and Citroen cases. We’ve made a video which shows how to get the correct case and it already has nearly 200,000 views on YouTube, so hopefully this will help.

Ok, so you have the tools and the repair case. Now we’ll show you what to do.

Top tips for a successful Car Key Repair.

Get the Locks Turning !

Most important. We recommend that you get the new key case turning the locks of your car, BEFORE you start breaking the old car key open.

At our shop, or through our postal repair service, we often hear tales of swapping the electronics over, but struggling with the blade. They end up with a repaired key, that won’t turn in the locks! So they can’t use the car key.

You don’t want that.

So get the blade cut, or swap the blade over first.

Top Tip One – Find out How To Fix it Before starting

Watch a video or read one of our articles. We have over 150 videos on our channel so you’ll find one for most car key repair jobs. We also have a Learning Centre, that has hundreds of articles that will help.

Top Tip Two – Buy a good quality Key Battery

We see so many problems with keys, and sometimes all that’s needed is a good quality key battery. If you have one without a brand on, throw it in the bin. You really need to be sticking to well known brands that you can trust.

The most common sizes are

Most Vauxhall, Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda keys use CR2032 Batteries

New Fords use  CR2025 batteries

Older Peugeot and Citroen keys, with blades that do not fold, use CR2016 batteries

Most Peugeot and Citroen Flip Keys Use CR1620 Batteries

 

Lastly BMW cars mostly use CR2450 batteries, which are a bit unusual and not always available is normal shops.

And that’s it. If you have everything listed, you’ll be able to fix you key.

Top Tip Three – Buy the correct case

A good quality case will make all the difference. Here are a few links to good cases, we’ll add to this as we test and review them.

Buy this two button Vauxhall style repair case and pin punch from Amazon Click Here

Purchase this three button Vauxhall style repair case and pin punch from Amazon Click Here

 

Buy this Hyundai / Kia style three button repair case and pin punch from Amazon Click Here

Which Keys should be avoided?

Have a look at how hard we rate the following keys. We rate them as simply ‘easy‘, ‘medium‘ and  ‘hard

Easy – Have a go without worry

Vauxhall Insignia, Astra J, Corsa E, Mokka, etc Click Here for the video.

Vauxhall Astra H, Corsa D and Corsa C Click Here for the video

MediumNo soldering needed

Hard – Risk of the car not starting afterwards, or soldering needed

Ford Transit and Custom Click Here to see the video.

Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda Keys after 2010 (One Piece Key) Click Here to see the video

Hyundai Kia Flip Keys Click Here to see the video

Good Luck and we hope this has helped

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5 Worst Broken Car Keys

It’s bad news I’m afraid. We’re seeing more and more broken car keys.

Years ago, most of our work came from lost or spare car keys. However recently, we’ve seen a big change. Broken car keys are leaving our readers stranded all over the world, and we’re seeing a pattern.

The problems are many. Blades that no longer flip out, keys that split and fall to pieces. Worst of all there are chips that give up sending a signal and buttons that won’t unlock the car. Broken car keys are such a problem, we wanted to list the worst offenders for you.

5 Worst Broken Car Keys

Vauxhall Insignia, Astra J and similar.

If your car key looks like this, it’s a ticking clock until it breaks I’m afraid. With this key, the most common car key problems are the blade holder fracturing and the blade falling out.

broken car keys

Can Broken Vauxhall car keys be fixed?

Most car key cutting shops will be able to take all your broken bits and put the expensive electronics into a new key shell. Once the key blade is cut to the car, then the key is as good as new. We fix and post our around the UK every week.

Should I fix my broken Vauxhall key myself?

Yes, you can also fix this key yourself easily. They break open without any problem as long as you use the correct tool

and follow our video.

Next you need a replacement case, just make sure you get the correct 2 button case

or

3 button version


Have you seen the new Vauxhall upgraded key case?

Take a look at how to upgrade your broken key.

VW, Seat and Skoda Broken car keys

broken car keys

German engineering used to stand for something. Strength, reliability, and the highest quality design and manufacture. Something has gone seriously wrong with broken car keys from these brands.

In 2010, they changed the design, and then problems began. Again, the flip blade holder, the piece that keeps the key blade in place, fractures and the pin gets lost. Most common on VW Transporter and VW Caddy models, we believe the ignition lock feels heavy to turn to the ‘crank’ position. Look out for this if you have one. We’ve written at length about this problem.

Can broken VW, Seat and Skoda Keys be fixed?

Yes, but a word of warning. These keys have a sensitive transponder chip. Our advice is to get a spare car key made, before you start getting your broken car keys fixed.

Also, if the key chip breaks when the key is opened, there’s trouble ahead. When you have no car keys that start your VW, Seat or Skoda car, made after 2010, it can be tricky to get a replacement made easily.

Should I fix my broken VW, Seat or Skoda key myself?

Again, yes, we show you how to do this. You just need a good quality case, and open it with the correct tool know how to do it. But again, there is a chance that the chip will get damaged if you’re heavy handed, so take care.

Damaged chip = No Key Detected = Big trouble

Hyundai and Kia Broken Car keys

We have a YouTube channel and this is our most watched video. Soon to break 450,000 views, there’s a worldwide problem with Kia and Hyundai broken car keys.

Again, the same thing happening. The blade is held into the key by a small metal pin. The blade holder isn’t strong enough. It cracks across the pin hole, then the pin gets lost and the blade falls out.

broken car keys

Even on the newer type of key, the one that replaces the really badly designed key there are similar problems.

 

Can Hyundai and Kia Broken Car Keys be fixed?

Yes, the repair cases are readily available.

When we fix these by post, we always cut the blade fresh and replace the key battery. We think it’s a better job, and our machine measures the key and then cuts it like new. However, it is possible to swap the blade, but you may need to alter it slightly with a needle file.

Should I fix my broken Kia or Hyundai key myself?

Yes, although quite a lot of care is needed. Inside the key there are two important things. The first is the green circuit board, which does the central locking. The thing that is often missed is the transponder chip.

 

Unlike most new car key, Kia and Hyundai use a separate chip and it is often glued in place to stop it coming loose. To remove it, you need to carefully melt the plastic around it. You can also use side cutters, or a saw, but these are more risky. So just take care if you fix your own key.

Take a look at how we do it in our video.

Ford New Style Broken Car Keys

We used to give our Ford keys a lifetime warranty, they were that good. However, these days it’s almost painful to sell them. Why are the keys so bad? We all like a key blade that flips out, but they are troublesome. This is one of two reasons why Ford broken car keys are so common.

broken car keys

The main culprits are the Ford Custom style flip key. They’ve introduced a weak flip design, and given it to builders, couriers, and tradesmen and women all over the country. In our experience, they last 3-4 years maximum, which is similar to the other brands mentioned above.

Can Ford Broken car keys be fixed?

Tricky one this. We regularly fix the Ford flip keys that are used on the Ford Mondeo and C-Max. The reason these can be done is because they have a simple CR2032 battery inside. This can be replaced easily during the repair. They open easily if you have the correct tool

However, we’ve had issues when we used to offer the postal service on broken Transit and Custom keys. Fixing broken car keys by post always carries a risk that the key won’t work afterwards, and this is what we found.

The key battery is different to any other flip key. It’s soldered into the circuit board and charges as the van drives along.

However, they’ve been poorly designed and manufactured, and we’ve written so much about this stupid idea over the last few years.

To fix the Ford Custom or Transit key, it needs to be broken open with the correct tool. Once it’s open, it should have a new repair case and the blade cut. Of course there’s the problem of changing the rechargeable battery. Click here to watch how we fix these.

Sometimes, after the repair is completed, the buttons still don’t work, and we don’t know why. This is why we no longer offer this service out as part of our broken car keys postal repair service.

Should I fix my broken Ford Flip key myself?

Do you have a spare car key? Can you risk trying to fix it and the van not starting afterwards? This can happen, as with all broken car keys. If you’re happy with soldering and have a good quality soldering iron, then yes, have a go.

If you can’t solder, avoid is our advice, Either use a local repair service or invest the money in a new Transit or Custom key. It will be money that’s better spent.

 

Peugeot and Citroen Broken Car keys

Last but by no means least. Peugeot and Citroen keys were the first we filmed and wrote about. At one point a few years ago, we were fixing 10-15 every week at our shop in Lincoln, completely ridiculous.

broken car keys

Again, the problems include flip blades that wobble and buttons that stop working. However the worst problem with these keys are when the transponder chip dies. Of all the keys we see, Peugeot and Citroen keys of this style are the worst.

Can Peugeot and Citroen Broken Car Keys be fixed?

It depends what’s wrong with the key.

If the blade is wobbly and the case is falling apart, yes it can be re-cased and the blade cut to turn the locks. Choosing a case can be a bit tricky because there are over fifteen variations to choose from.

Our video explains the difference

The next problem is that when the the soft rubber wears, often the electronic switch is broken. On most other brands of broken car keys, the switches can be replaced.

broken car keys

However, we’ve given up replacing switches on these keys because they are so tiny and we had lots of issues. Once the keys gets damaged inside, we recommend a new key.

The last problem, already mentioned is the chip failing after time. You will get a warning about the key becoming unreliable.

broken car keys

As soon as you see this message, get the key fixed, because after a few days or weeks the key will fail altogether and you’ll be stranded for the sake of broken car keys.

Again, although this problem can be fixed, we don’t recommend it.

Should I fix my broken Peugeot or Citroen Flip key myself?

If it’s just a case, go for it. If the buttons still work even though the key is falling apart, you can probably save the key. Watch our video to explain the difference between all the cases.

If there are deeper issues with the buttons or chip, then we’d recommend spending the money on new key before it dies altogether.

How do I find someone locally to help me with broken car keys?

Not all Auto Locksmiths and key cutting shops are equal. Some will be happy to take it on, others will refuse. More importantly, does the company know what they are doing?

Click here to read our guide on how to find a local expert that can help you.

The future isn’t bright I’m afraid. Broken car keys are with us for a while, so will ‘keyless’ cars solve the problem?

Well yes, there are no blades that can break. However, ‘keyless’ cars are the easiest car to steal, so a broken key is the least of your worries. Want to know more about cars getting stolen? Click Here.

Good luck and we hope this has helped you.

 

 

 

 

 

This post contains affiliate links.

Affiliate Disclaimer

Links on this website may lead you to a product or service. They provide an affiliate commission to the owners of this site should you make a purchase. In no way does any affiliate relationship ever factor into a recommendation.  Nor does it alter the integrity of the information we provide.

Please note that we have not been given any free products, services, or anything else by these companies in exchange for mentioning them on the site.  The only consideration is in the form of affiliate commissions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob Help what do I do?

If you’re reading this, and have a broken car key, you’re not alone. Broken car keys are a big problem, and having a broken Vauxhall key fob is really common these days.

The problem is the whole flip key thing. We all love a flip key, having a blade that folds away is so important to some people. We get that they look smart and it’s nice to have the blade tucked away.

However, folding keys are the number one reason for having a broken Vauxhall key fob. We fix and replace hundreds of these every year in our shop and by post all around the UK.

What can I do about my broken Vauxhall Key Fob?

If your broken Vauxhall key fob looks like the photo above, then you’re in luck, you have a number of options. You don’t have to have a brand new dealer key.

IMPORTANT

Do you have both parts of the key? Are you using the blade and the fob separately? Putting the blade in and then turning the blade with the broken fob?

That will work until you lose the blade (we see this a lot). Keep the blade safe and get your broken Vauxhall key fob fixed while you still have it, (otherwise it gets expensive!).

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob – Option One

The cheapest and riskiest option? Do nothing. We meet people that use the key and the blade separately for years! How they get away with it is amazing, but they have a system for keeping the blade in the penny slot. When they need to drive, they unlock the car with the fob and the blade is always in the car!

This is fine all the time the fob works, however, if the key battery goes flat, or worse still, the car battery, trouble begins!

Being locked out of a car, when the key blade is inside is an expensive mistake to be paying for. Most Auto Locksmiths will charge between £90 – £150 to get into your car.

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob – Option Two

Fixing your own flip key could be for you. We’re great believers that as car owners, we are all being punished for poor design and manufacture. Read all about this here in our blog.

So we’ve made it our mission over the last two years to show you how to fix your own broken key. Our YouTube channel has over 150 videos showing simple repairs and key battery changes.

We have two videos that will help you.

Click here take you to the broken Vauxhall key fob video for you. It covers the following type of car.

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob

Vauxhall Insignia

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob

Vauxhall Astra J

Fancy a Flip key Upgrade?

If you already have a broken Vauxhall key Fob, why not change it over to the newer style of key?

 

The internals fit perfectly into this new type of case and it’s simply a case of getting the blade cut, or swapping the blade. Here’s a video we made to show you what’s involved.

5 Worst Broken Car Keys

It’s bad news I’m afraid. We’re seeing more and more broken car keys.

Years ago, most of our work came from lost or spare car keys. However recently, we’ve seen a big change. Broken car keys are leaving our readers stranded all over the world, and we’re seeing a pattern.

The problems are many. Blades that no longer flip out, keys that split and fall to pieces. Worst of all there are chips that give up sending a signal and buttons that won’t unlock the car. Broken car keys are such a problem, we wanted to list the worst offenders for you.

5 Worst Broken Car Keys

Vauxhall Insignia, Astra J and similar.

If your car key looks like this, it’s a ticking clock until it breaks I’m afraid. With this key, the most common car key problems are the blade holder fracturing and the blade falling out.

broken car keys

Can Broken Vauxhall car keys be fixed?

Most car key cutting shops will be able to take all your broken bits and put the expensive electronics into a new key shell. Once the key blade is cut to the car, then the key is as good as new. We fix and post our around the UK every week.

Should I fix my broken Vauxhall key myself?

Yes, you can also fix this key yourself easily. They break open without any problem as long as you use the correct tool

and follow our video.

Next you need a replacement case, just make sure you get the correct 2 button case

or

3 button version


Have you seen the new Vauxhall upgraded key case?

Take a look at how to upgrade your broken key.

VW, Seat and Skoda Broken car keys

broken car keys

German engineering used to stand for something. Strength, reliability, and the highest quality design and manufacture. Something has gone seriously wrong with broken car keys from these brands.

In 2010, they changed the design, and then problems began. Again, the flip blade holder, the piece that keeps the key blade in place, fractures and the pin gets lost. Most common on VW Transporter and VW Caddy models, we believe the ignition lock feels heavy to turn to the ‘crank’ position. Look out for this if you have one. We’ve written at length about this problem.

Can broken VW, Seat and Skoda Keys be fixed?

Yes, but a word of warning. These keys have a sensitive transponder chip. Our advice is to get a spare car key made, before you start getting your broken car keys fixed.

Also, if the key chip breaks when the key is opened, there’s trouble ahead. When you have no car keys that start your VW, Seat or Skoda car, made after 2010, it can be tricky to get a replacement made easily.

Should I fix my broken VW, Seat or Skoda key myself?

Again, yes, we show you how to do this. You just need a good quality case, and open it with the correct tool know how to do it. But again, there is a chance that the chip will get damaged if you’re heavy handed, so take care.

Damaged chip = No Key Detected = Big trouble

Hyundai and Kia Broken Car keys

We have a YouTube channel and this is our most watched video. Soon to break 450,000 views, there’s a worldwide problem with Kia and Hyundai broken car keys.

Again, the same thing happening. The blade is held into the key by a small metal pin. The blade holder isn’t strong enough. It cracks across the pin hole, then the pin gets lost and the blade falls out.

broken car keys

Even on the newer type of key, the one that replaces the really badly designed key there are similar problems.

 

Can Hyundai and Kia Broken Car Keys be fixed?

Yes, the repair cases are readily available.

When we fix these by post, we always cut the blade fresh and replace the key battery. We think it’s a better job, and our machine measures the key and then cuts it like new. However, it is possible to swap the blade, but you may need to alter it slightly with a needle file.

Should I fix my broken Kia or Hyundai key myself?

Yes, although quite a lot of care is needed. Inside the key there are two important things. The first is the green circuit board, which does the central locking. The thing that is often missed is the transponder chip.

 

Unlike most new car key, Kia and Hyundai use a separate chip and it is often glued in place to stop it coming loose. To remove it, you need to carefully melt the plastic around it. You can also use side cutters, or a saw, but these are more risky. So just take care if you fix your own key.

Take a look at how we do it in our video.

Ford New Style Broken Car Keys

We used to give our Ford keys a lifetime warranty, they were that good. However, these days it’s almost painful to sell them. Why are the keys so bad? We all like a key blade that flips out, but they are troublesome. This is one of two reasons why Ford broken car keys are so common.

broken car keys

The main culprits are the Ford Custom style flip key. They’ve introduced a weak flip design, and given it to builders, couriers, and tradesmen and women all over the country. In our experience, they last 3-4 years maximum, which is similar to the other brands mentioned above.

Can Ford Broken car keys be fixed?

Tricky one this. We regularly fix the Ford flip keys that are used on the Ford Mondeo and C-Max. The reason these can be done is because they have a simple CR2032 battery inside. This can be replaced easily during the repair. They open easily if you have the correct tool

However, we’ve had issues when we used to offer the postal service on broken Transit and Custom keys. Fixing broken car keys by post always carries a risk that the key won’t work afterwards, and this is what we found.

The key battery is different to any other flip key. It’s soldered into the circuit board and charges as the van drives along.

However, they’ve been poorly designed and manufactured, and we’ve written so much about this stupid idea over the last few years.

To fix the Ford Custom or Transit key, it needs to be broken open with the correct tool. Once it’s open, it should have a new repair case and the blade cut. Of course there’s the problem of changing the rechargeable battery. Click here to watch how we fix these.

Sometimes, after the repair is completed, the buttons still don’t work, and we don’t know why. This is why we no longer offer this service out as part of our broken car keys postal repair service.

Should I fix my broken Ford Flip key myself?

Do you have a spare car key? Can you risk trying to fix it and the van not starting afterwards? This can happen, as with all broken car keys. If you’re happy with soldering and have a good quality soldering iron, then yes, have a go.

If you can’t solder, avoid is our advice, Either use a local repair service or invest the money in a new Transit or Custom key. It will be money that’s better spent.

 

Peugeot and Citroen Broken Car keys

Last but by no means least. Peugeot and Citroen keys were the first we filmed and wrote about. At one point a few years ago, we were fixing 10-15 every week at our shop in Lincoln, completely ridiculous.

broken car keys

Again, the problems include flip blades that wobble and buttons that stop working. However the worst problem with these keys are when the transponder chip dies. Of all the keys we see, Peugeot and Citroen keys of this style are the worst.

Can Peugeot and Citroen Broken Car Keys be fixed?

It depends what’s wrong with the key.

If the blade is wobbly and the case is falling apart, yes it can be re-cased and the blade cut to turn the locks. Choosing a case can be a bit tricky because there are over fifteen variations to choose from.

Our video explains the difference

The next problem is that when the the soft rubber wears, often the electronic switch is broken. On most other brands of broken car keys, the switches can be replaced.

broken car keys

However, we’ve given up replacing switches on these keys because they are so tiny and we had lots of issues. Once the keys gets damaged inside, we recommend a new key.

The last problem, already mentioned is the chip failing after time. You will get a warning about the key becoming unreliable.

broken car keys

As soon as you see this message, get the key fixed, because after a few days or weeks the key will fail altogether and you’ll be stranded for the sake of broken car keys.

Again, although this problem can be fixed, we don’t recommend it.

Should I fix my broken Peugeot or Citroen Flip key myself?

If it’s just a case, go for it. If the buttons still work even though the key is falling apart, you can probably save the key. Watch our video to explain the difference between all the cases.

If there are deeper issues with the buttons or chip, then we’d recommend spending the money on new key before it dies altogether.

How do I find someone locally to help me with broken car keys?

Not all Auto Locksmiths and key cutting shops are equal. Some will be happy to take it on, others will refuse. More importantly, does the company know what they are doing?

Click here to read our guide on how to find a local expert that can help you.

The future isn’t bright I’m afraid. Broken car keys are with us for a while, so will ‘keyless’ cars solve the problem?

Well yes, there are no blades that can break. However, ‘keyless’ cars are the easiest car to steal, so a broken key is the least of your worries. Want to know more about cars getting stolen? Click Here.

Good luck and we hope this has helped you.

 

 

 

 

 

This post contains affiliate links.

Affiliate Disclaimer

Links on this website may lead you to a product or service. They provide an affiliate commission to the owners of this site should you make a purchase. In no way does any affiliate relationship ever factor into a recommendation.  Nor does it alter the integrity of the information we provide.

Please note that we have not been given any free products, services, or anything else by these companies in exchange for mentioning them on the site.  The only consideration is in the form of affiliate commissions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob Help what do I do?

If you’re reading this, and have a broken car key, you’re not alone. Broken car keys are a big problem, and having a broken Vauxhall key fob is really common these days.

The problem is the whole flip key thing. We all love a flip key, having a blade that folds away is so important to some people. We get that they look smart and it’s nice to have the blade tucked away.

However, folding keys are the number one reason for having a broken Vauxhall key fob. We fix and replace hundreds of these every year in our shop and by post all around the UK.

What can I do about my broken Vauxhall Key Fob?

If your broken Vauxhall key fob looks like the photo above, then you’re in luck, you have a number of options. You don’t have to have a brand new dealer key.

IMPORTANT

Do you have both parts of the key? Are you using the blade and the fob separately? Putting the blade in and then turning the blade with the broken fob?

That will work until you lose the blade (we see this a lot). Keep the blade safe and get your broken Vauxhall key fob fixed while you still have it, (otherwise it gets expensive!).

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob – Option One

The cheapest and riskiest option? Do nothing. We meet people that use the key and the blade separately for years! How they get away with it is amazing, but they have a system for keeping the blade in the penny slot. When they need to drive, they unlock the car with the fob and the blade is always in the car!

This is fine all the time the fob works, however, if the key battery goes flat, or worse still, the car battery, trouble begins!

Being locked out of a car, when the key blade is inside is an expensive mistake to be paying for. Most Auto Locksmiths will charge between £90 – £150 to get into your car.

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob – Option Two

Fixing your own flip key could be for you. We’re great believers that as car owners, we are all being punished for poor design and manufacture. Read all about this here in our blog.

So we’ve made it our mission over the last two years to show you how to fix your own broken key. Our YouTube channel has over 150 videos showing simple repairs and key battery changes.

We have two videos that will help you.

Click here take you to the broken Vauxhall key fob video for you. It covers the following type of car.

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob

Vauxhall Insignia

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob

Vauxhall Astra J

Fancy a Flip key Upgrade?

If you already have a broken Vauxhall key Fob, why not change it over to the newer style of key?

 

The internals fit perfectly into this new type of case and it’s simply a case of getting the blade cut, or swapping the blade. Here’s a video we made to show you what’s involved.

Broken Vauxhall Key Fob – Option Three

If you want a brand new key, then again you have a few options. The first and most expensive is to order the key from the dealer and get them to code it in. For that, you’ll need the Security Car pass below.

These passes have important security information that your dealer will need to order and programme the key.

However, you don’t have to get the key from the dealer. If you find a local Auto Locksmith, we expect it will be cheaper and easier. They can offer either a genuine Vauxhall key, or an aftermarket key that may be cheaper.

Whichever you choose, the beauty of choosing an Auto Locksmith is that they won’t need the security car pass. These normally cost £30 from Vauxhall, however, your local expert will most likely just give you these numbers. If they don’t mention them, make sure you ask for them.

So that’s it. There are a range of options to suit your budget. Vauxhall flip keys are pretty poor to be honest, so don’t be surprised when they snap and the blade becomes loose.

We hope this helps

 

 

 

 

 

This post contains affiliate links.

Affiliate Disclaimer

Links on this website may lead you to a product or service. They provide an affiliate commission to the owners of this site should you make a purchase. In no way does any affiliate relationship ever factor into a recommendation.  Nor does it alter the integrity of the information we provide.

Please note that we have not been given any free products, services, or anything else by these companies in exchange for mentioning them on the site.  The only consideration is in the form of affiliate commissions.

Nissan won’t start Key ID Incorrect

If you’re getting the message ‘Key ID Incorrect’ and your Nissan car won’t start, this is for you.

Even though your car is giving you the ‘Key ID incorrect’ message, you can use it if you follow our instructions.

Key ID Incorrect

Why is my Nissan telling me ‘Key ID Incorrect?’

This problem is most common on the Nissan Qashqai, but we also see it on the Nissan Juke, Nissan Note and Nissan Micra models. In fact, if your key is similar to this one,  you need this information.

In the olden days when you turned a car off, it went to sleep and rested until you turned the ignition again and woke it up.

These days, the car sits and listens constantly, trying to detect your smart key. This is why once you are inside the car, it already knows you have the car key, all you need to do is press the start button.

However, when ‘Key ID Incorrect‘ is shown, your car can’t detect the key. For some reason the automatic system that Nissan have designed isn’t working. This is normally one of three reasons

Nissan Won’t Start Checklist

Key ID Incorrect – Reason number One – Key Battery Low


The first and simplest reason is your car key battery. When did you last change it? If you did change it, how good was the battery you put inside the key?

Ford Keyless Emergency start HOW TO?

Thank goodness Ford did something right with keys. We’ve written at length about floppy key blades, dodgy transponder chips and keyless keys not detected. The great news is that by using the Ford keyless emergency start method, you can still get home!

With tiny electronics crammed into your Ford keyless key, once it’s been dropped a few times, the clock is ticking. The car won’t detect the key close by, and it won’t do anything when you press the start button. You’ll also get a warning message.

Ford Keyless emergency start

 

 

The reason you have a back up system is that once the smart key stops being so clever, you need a way to use the car.  The Ford keyless emergency start method will get the car running. Place the keys in the correct place, and the car picks up the key signal. Then you put the key back in your pocket as usual and book yourself in an appointment with the garage your local Auto Locksmith, to get it looked at.

Where is the Ford Keyless Emergency Start position?

Different Ford models have different methods of starting the car. The spot is normally marked with a key symbol that will help you find it.

Ford Focus 2015 Ford Keyless Emergency Start Position

In between the front seats is a compartment for CD’s etc. It also has an audio jack. You must place the key on top of the symbol at the bottom of the compartment.

Ford Keyless Emergency Start

 

Ford Fiesta 2015 Ford Keyless Emergency Start Position

Imagine you were putting a normal car key into the ignition, this is where you need to place your keyless key.

Ford Keyless Emergency Start

Ford C-Max 2014 Ford Keyless Emergency Start Position

The Ford C-Max has a key slot that is hidden behind a round cover. Again, it’s the same place as the ignition lock would normally be.

Ford Keyless Emergency Start

You must slide the key into the slot before you can start the car.

Ford Keyless Emergency Start

 

If in doubt, look at the manual. Better still, find out where the Ford keyless emergency start position is BEFORE you have a problem.

I found it! What next?

The key must be held close to the sensor on the car so it will read the transponder chip.

Next, keeping the key still, press the button on the dashboard as you normally do and press the clutch in on newer models. When the key is in the correct place, the car will start.

Do I need a new key battery inside the key?

No. The whole point of the Ford keyless emergency start system is that it doesn’t matter if the key battery is flat or even missing!

That’s it! You car should be running even though you’d normally have the message ‘Key not detected’. We recommend finding someone to change the key battery for you, or take a look at our video if you want too do it yourself.