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.
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.
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.
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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