Volkswagen car keys and Replacement services

Volkswagen Car Key locksmiths Warrington
Lost Volkswagen Car keys

Loxtra Auto Locksmiths in Warrington can provide replacement Volkswagen keys and VW car key programming for all models. Our mobile car locksmith service covers all of Greater Manchester, Warrington Cheshire, Wigan and surrounding areas. We are the most economical and fastest way to obtain replacement VW car keys or to obtain a spare set of car keys. All this can be done while you wait, wherever you are.

VW car key systems

Volkswagen cars from M plate upwards (1995) use an immobiliser system that prevents the vehicle from starting without the correct key. The immobiliser is deactivated by a small transponder chip that is embedded in the head of the key. Earlier VW models use a separate immobiliser box whilst some of the later models ( T plates and upwards) use an immobiliser system that is combined with the dashboard clocks.

With the earlier models of VW cars (pre 2006), our vehicle locksmiths use a key reader. That is inserted into the car lock to read the wafer depths. This allows us to cut a new key without having to remove the lock. The correct transponder chip that is required to deactivate the immobiliser box is then inserted into the key. Without the need for a security code first. Post 2006, (M plate and up until the very latest models). Volkswagen’s parent group VAG decided to pre code the transponder chips. It has made cars more secure and harder to steal because the chip is unique to each vehicle. But it has also made it more difficult for car locksmiths given the fact that VW dealers don’t make the coded information available.



Instead, they retain the information on file, logged against a vehicle’s chassis number. VW dealers also keep the key number for the vehicle on file. Thus if you need a replacement VW key for a model post 2006, the VW dealer will look up the necessary information, cut a replacement key with the uniquely coded transponder chip embedded in it and then send it to your local dealer. It is a process that can take anywhere from 3 to 7 days. This isn’t much good if you have a car that you need but can’t use. Especially as you will also have to pay to have your VW recovered to the garage in order to have the new key programmed to your car. It is a costly process.

VW Car Key Replacements made easy

Loxtra Services and there auto Locksmiths are one of a very few companies that has invested in specialist software. As well  as diagnostic equipment, that enables our mobile locksmiths to extract from VW cars. The unique security code that is required to programme the keys. VW dealers may call this the Secret Key Code (SKC) but it isn’t to us. Our investment in the necessary specialist equipment means that our vehicle locksmiths can cut new keys and programme the transponder key to your car. Plus we can reproduce remote fobs for central locking, all while you wait.


There is a huge difference between a 7 – 14 day wait. And our car key Locksmith’s service that will solve your replacement VW car keys in less than a day.

But recently if your vehicle is from 2018 onwards the security systems have changed yet again. Meaning in some cases on certain models of VW the keys would require ordering from the main dealerships.

The good news is Loxtra Locksmiths can now do this for you. And we no longer need to order a dealer key for these new MQB car key systems. We arrange a suitable time with yourselves, come to you at your location. Then get the relevant immobiliser information from your car make/create a new dealer key. To then programme the key to your vehicle without the need to tow the car to the dealers. Still a fraction of the cost and half the time then going directly to the VW dealerships.

Add the convenience of a service that comes to you and you can see the value in keeping our telephone number 07982632566 close to hand or in your mobile list of contacts.

We also can provide the following services on VAG group cars:

Component Protection Removal – Enabling full functionality on new control units. – ONLY VWs online diagnostic system can perform this job correctly. Another tooling may remove component protection. – But will risk damaging new components irreparably while attempting to perform this task.


Software updating of Control Units. – ECU Software updates are installed to prevent changing expensive electronic components developing faults of corrupted software. In many cases, software updating can save hundreds of pounds. By NOT replacing control units logging a “defective” fault code. Many workshops are still unaware of this new repair technology.


Key and Remote Matching Service. – Genuine VW key orders are matched on VW Factory servers to your car. Only an online connection to the VW security server. That can match these genuine parts correctly, without a risk of damage.


Immobiliser Release & Matching. – Only a legal and secure online connection can match genuine immobiliser components to your new car. Correctly without risking expensive and irretrievable damage to your car’s electronics.


Airbag Systems – New models now require airbag systems parameterising online.


Sat Nav/Cruise control Activation.


Online Diagnostics with the latest factory supplied bulletins, data & procedures.


Our commitment to the Volkswagen Audi Group brands makes us the ideal choice as your preferred repairer.

Need a Spare VW car Key?

Our service is not just about replacing lost car keys, broken car keys or helping you gain access to your car if you have accidentally locked your keys inside. Perhaps you only have one set of keys and are requiring a spare set. It doesn’t matter if the problem isn’t urgent, we will still come to you and produce a spare set of keys for you whether you are at work or at home, as long as you are within our catchment area of Warrington, Greater Manchester, Wigan. All you need to know is the number to call 07982632566 and will take care of the rest.
Loxtra locksmiths & services offer a free full PDF diagnostics report sent to you via text or email on request.
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