hi just read that you got a new key for your mini... I'm from st albans so i got to go to the same mini branch in watford... Just wondering if you can help me because i also lost my keys & i wanted to know that if your car had central locking and the key you bought was it the remote key the locks with the button & if it was did you just buy that for £80 and it worked staight way because i don't want to spenp loads of money getting the car towed there to get it coded and stuff like that
Gen 1/Mk1 Mini remote key will be about £100-150 today for the remote key and about £50 for a non-remote spare. The 1st Gen remote needs programming to the car which adds a min. half hour labour charge. You need your V5 reg document to prove ownership at Mini dealer before they will order in key from BMW.
However 2nd Gen/Mk2 Mini remote key is ordered for the specific car (to chassis number) so the code will be stored on BMW's system, the remote will have the code programmed before it is dispached to the dealers, just like the key part is pre-cut to the car before the dealer gets it
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