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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Vauxhall Flip key Upgrade

We’ve written about how often Vauxhall keys break, they’re the most common key we fix at our shop in Lincoln. Now we’ve found a new type of case that we wanted to tell you about. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a Vauxhall Flip key upgrade.

The new style case has smooth curved lines and hard wearing buttons that won’t perish like the older style cases. Based on the new range of Vauxhall keys, we believe this Vauxhall Flip key upgrade is worth a look.

What do I need for my Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade ?

Not much, it’s really simple. Firstly you need one of the new style cases. They come in either 2 or 3 buttons, just like the genuine key.

There are only three things that are tricky and we have full instructions below. Here’s a video, plus there are instructions below.

Vauxhall Flip key Upgrade

We’ve written about how often Vauxhall keys break, they’re the most common key we fix at our shop in Lincoln. Now we’ve found a new type of case that we wanted to tell you about. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a Vauxhall Flip key upgrade.

The new style case has smooth curved lines and hard wearing buttons that won’t perish like the older style cases. Based on the new range of Vauxhall keys, we believe this Vauxhall Flip key upgrade is worth a look.

What do I need for my Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade ?

Not much, it’s really simple. Firstly you need one of the new style cases. They come in either 2 or 3 buttons, just like the genuine key.

There are only three things that are tricky and we have full instructions below. Here’s a video, plus there are instructions below.

Vauxhall Flip Key upgrade – Stage One – Get the new key cut

Once you have a case, you need to get the blade cut to suit your car. This should be the first job, as you must make sure you have a new key case that turns the locks, before you break open the old key.

Who can cut my key blade?

There are some issues with getting keys cut. Some of the major key cutting chains refuse to cut keys they haven’t supplied. Our local Timpsons stores in Lincoln won’t entertain any key that’s not come from them, and won’t cut the Vauxhall Flip Key upgrade case.

So look for an independent shop, or an Auto Locksmith.

Need to find a good Auto Locksmith? Click here for our advice, wherever you are in the UK.

When we cut eBay or Amazon keys in our shop, we charge £10 and we believe this is reasonable.

Why can’t I swap the key blade on my Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade?

It’s possible but not straight forward. The key blade is held in to the key body, by a pin. Often, the original key blade from the old case will not fit into the new case. If you want to do this you’ll need to modify the old key blade and this is possible, as the video shows.

video

However, we think it’s easier just to get the key cut.

Vauxhall Flip Key upgrade – Stage Two – Open the old key.

************* Disclaimer *********

We open up old Vauxhall flip keys all day long at our shop without any problem. However, it’s possible that when the case is opened, the circuit board gets damaged, or the chip fails. When this happens, there’s a chance the car won’t start.

We see Vauxhall flip keys fail even without upgrading or repairing them and have written at length about the problem and the symptoms. So we recommend that you have a spare key, before you decide to carry out your Vauxhall Flip key upgrade.

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Ok, back to business. This is really easy if you have a set of Circlip pliers.

Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade

These pliers are unusual because the jaws open when you squeeze the handle. They’re perfect to open keys because you can control what you are doing, instead of forcing the case open with a screwdriver etc.

 

Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade

Place the tips of the jaw in the gap by the flip.

Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade

Give the handles a squeeze and the case will snap open.

Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade

You’ll need to pull the case apart and carefully remove the green circuit board. That’s it! You’ve done the tricky part. Next is a putting together your Vauxhall Flip key upgrade.

Vauxhall Flip Key upgrade – Stage Three – Build the new key.

This may take a few attempts. You may feel you need an extra hand! But just be patient and you’ll manage this no problem. Open the case using the Circlip pliers again. Don’t worry if the key all falls apart, we’re going to show you what to do.

Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade

Firstly, put the circuit board into the half of the new case that has the buttons. there are small rubber noggins that locate in the holes. Now put this half of the case down now for a minute.

Fit the pin into the blade holder, (it will only fit one way).

Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade

Next the spring needs to go into the blade holder

Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade

Locate the plastic spigot in the case and place the spring over it.

Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade

Wind the spring counter-clockwise, we recommend two full turns. Then hold the blade shut.

Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade

Now put both pieces of the case together, locating the silver pin first and then lining up the two halves.

Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade

Once it’s all lined up, give it a squeeze and it should close up nicely. If there is any resistance, it’s because something isn’t lined up. Just open it up again and check it out.

Then when the case is shut, try the flip-out to make sure that your Vauxhall Flip key upgrade has been a success. Then join the case using the two screws.

Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade

Lastly, don’t forget the battery.

Vauxhall Flip Key Upgrade

Just pop off the battery cover and we recommend a fresh, good quality CR2032. Don’t go cheap.

Vauxhall Flip Key upgrade Conclusion

Well done, you should have a new flip key case that looks good and works perfectly!

 

 

 

 

 

Broken Insignia Key Free Repair

Broken Insignia Car key ? Read On

We’ve written at length about the problems with broken Vauxhall and Opel car keys. Amongst the worst offenders is the broken Insignia key, which we see most days at our shop in Lincoln. It’s not normally your fault that you have a broken Insignia key, unless you’ve been mis-using the key!

(Opening tins of paint, and opening up parcels are common ways to break keys). However, if you’re using them correctly, how can you buy them with confidence, when they break so easily? After all, they’re not very cheap.

broken insignia key

A typical broken Insignia key

The problem you have is the design of the key. The hinge part is weak, and the pin that secures the blade, has a hole too close to the edge of the metal. If the key is dropped with the blade extended, the shock can cause the hinge to crack and the blade to fall out. This is covered in detail in our previous post. Click Here for more

When will the design change?

This is a classic case of a company that doesn’t listen to customers feedback. The internet is awash with Vauxhall and Opel owners that have a broken Insignia key and need help.

Click Here to read more at the Vauxhall Forum

The keys from the latest version of Vauxhall Insignia have the same design, ten years after they first appeared. Therefore, a lot of cars are at risk of broken keys and lost blades, so we’ve have decided to try do things differently.

Don’t blame the dealer for your broken Insignia key.

The problem is that no-one is accountable. When your car key breaks and you’re stranded, you want to take it out on someone, after all, someone has messed up. When you visit the Vauxhall dealer you’ll see the service or parts team.

We know both teams from our local dealer and they are filled with friendly helpful staff, however, what can they do about your problem? When you show them the broken Insignia key, that’s just a few years old, they know deep down that the keys are terrible.

You’re probably not the first person this week to complain. However, they can’t agree with you because it’s not company policy to agree with you. The company line is that it’s ‘wear and tear’ and not covered under any warranty.

So, you want to see the manager? Sure, he’ll tell you the same thing. Yes, they understand, they’re sorry to hear about your big recovery bill, and the cost of getting new car keys, but unfortunately, it’s ‘wear and tear’. How about a new car, it comes with new keys!

Even if you contact the head office, what can they do? They’re working within a framework that only allows them to follow the rules and tell you what they’re allowed to tell you. It’s worth a complaint, but we’ve not heard of anyone getting any compensation.

Doing things differently.

So, the key design is out of our control. The quality of the metal has been decided years ago, and how you use them is what it is. They’re keys, they’re picked up, put down, occasionally dropped but you can’t really change how you use them

The only thing that you have control over is what happens when they do break, because eventually, they probably will. This is when we have introduced our ‘Just in Case‘ warranty. We hope this type of warranty will set the standard amongst independent Auto Locksmiths in the future.

What is ‘Just in Case’?

When you buy an Insignia key from us, it has a special warranty, included at no cost. Fortunately, there are repair kits that are available to fix your broken Insignia key. When you buy a key from us we know that it could break. So, if it does, we’ll put it into a new case, for free. This means that you can buy your car key with confidence, use it normally and get on with your life.

What does the warranty cover?

Damage to the casing, that causes the blade to fall away from the key.

What do I need to do about my broken Insignia key?

When you buy a key from us, simply register with us and then we’ll have a record. Then just keep an eye on the key and call us if it breaks

What if the key blade gets lost before I notice it has been damaged?

No problem. If you have the key number, we’ll cut a new case and blade from that number and then transfer the parts over.

How long is the warranty for?

All the time that you own the car, you’re covered.

Why are you offering this when the dealer doesn’t?

Being in business is about people and we have so many good regular customers that we’ve got to know over the last fifteen years. We want to be better than the dealers and offer something that they cannot offer. We hope that this becomes the industry standard among independent Auto-Locksmiths and car key cutters.

Let’s see what happens.

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