Making keys for BMW/Mini, and a few other European manufactured cars are a little different than most. The manufacturer pre-programs all the electronic key slots to the vehicle’s computer when it is built. They then keep a record of those key values so when you want another key, they have all the necessary information. They don’t need to program the key to the vehicle, they only initialize it. BMW will not share this information with anyone and the state of California has fined BMW for violation of The Right to Repair Act in the past.
So, how does E-Z Key Locksmith, Inc. get around this to make keys for a BMW or Mini? We remove the immobilizer control unit from the vehicle (also called the EWS for BMW/Mini) and read the memory chip that is installed on the circuit board. With that information, we can generate the electronic part of the key. But this method is more labor intensive than what BMW does, and as a result, we are unfortunately more expensive than what the dealers charge.
In some situations, E-Z Key Locksmith, Inc. is the more obvious route for BMW/MINI keys.
- Lost keys, the nearest BMW dealer is in Fife, that’s a hefty tow bill from Aberdeen, WA.
- BMW will not sell keys for totaled, salvaged, or rebuilt vehicles.
- If BMW has already sold all of the available keys for the vehicle, the EWS module would need to be replaced. E-Z Key Locksmith, Inc. can get around that.
Under those situations, E-Z Key Locksmith, Inc. can be a huge benefit to a BMW or MINI owner in Grays Harbor.