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Mile High Locksmith is an automotive locksmith company. Here we have answered some questions that are commonly asked about Honda Civic keys. After making Honda Civic keys for many years we would like to share with you some useful information about what you can do when you lose your key and have no spare, where you make a key replacement or key copy, as well as what type of key your Honda Civic requires.

Honda Civic key replacement cost

Honda Civic keys have changed over the years. To get the best quote on a key replacement, we recommend you shop around between locksmith companies and your local Honda dealership. However, before you start to call around, make sure you have this information handy:

  • Your Honda Civic’s year
  • Did your old Honda key work on all the locks? (All the door locks and the ignition lock)

Questions to ask – What is the total cost?

(Starting from the year 2001, a programming machine will need to be connected to your car’s computer, also known as an ECU, in order to program the key)

  • If your Honda key needs to be programmed, the dealership will ask you to tow the car in, where as a locksmith will add a service call charge to come to you.
  • What will the cost be to cut and program the key?
  • If the quote is for a key with the push buttons on it or if it is just a quote for a key without the push buttons. For the later years it can be that you will receive quotes for a transponder chip key without the push button on it so you will need to ask the dealership or locksmith to be specific.

Cutting a Honda Civic key:

We would like to point out one important thing you should consider when you are looking for a professional to cut your Honda key for you:
Cutting a Honda key between the years 2003 to 2017 will require a high security key machine and we recommend you make sure you only use an experienced professional locksmith company or Honda dealership to cut these keys and this is why:

  • When a high security Honda key is not cut correctly it can damage your door lock or ignition lock when you use the key. We always recommend you try your new key on one of the locks you do not use often.
  • For many years it is know that Honda has a common problem on the vehicle’s locks and ignitions and has had recalls on them.
  • What happen is that the key blade itself is stronger from the parts, (wafers), inside the lock and it can damage the lock or ignition each time you insert the key into the lock.
  • To avoid the damage make sure your key blade has been cut perfectly by a professional.
  • We recommend you only use a locksmith company or a dealership to cut these keys.
Honda Civic key 1995 to 2000
Honda key replacement
2001 Honda Civic transponder key till 2002
Honda High Security key
HO03-PT 2005-2014 Honda Civic key
Honda Key fob replacement
2006 Honda Civic key fob till 2013

Honda Civic key programming

  • Honda Civics from the years 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 will have just a simple metal key that locks and unlocks the doors, trunk and turns on and off the ignition. No key programming is needed for these years unlike with transponder keys or chip keys in the later years that do need to be programed.
  • For the later years programming a transponder chip key is required in order to have the car start. This includes the years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. From the year 2003 and up a high security key blade will be required.
  • A key fob with push buttons to lock and unlock the doors is an extra feature for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Keep in mind that for these specific years the remote on the key is optional
  • A key fob or push to start key (smart key), is for the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Honda Key Shell replacement
2006 Honda Civic key shell replacement till 2013
Honda Key fob
2014 to 2017 Honda Civic key fob

Where can I buy Honda Civic keys?

You can by Honda keys almost anywhere including at a Honda dealership, on online stores such as Amazon, Ebay, Ikeyless and Keylessride and many other stores that sell car keys. Ace Hardware also sells these keys as well as locksmith shops. What we recommend you do is to check the quality of the key. When you buy a Honda Civic key that is not from a Honda dealership you may end up buying an aftermarket key. An aftermarket key can be a used key where the insides of the key are used parts and the outside of the key shell has been replaced with a new one. This will make it look like you have purchased a brand new key. Since aftermarket keys can be used keys, they normally cost much less than a new key and can have problems functioning right away or after a short time of use. An aftermarket key can still be a good key and can hold for many years just as a brand new key would. However, we believe you should take the risk into consideration when you are buying any aftermarket keys.

Honda Key
2016 2017 Honda Civic key

Honda Civic key code

One of our favorite types of vehicles to make a key by code for is Honda. From 1972 until 2017, Honda stamps the key code on all of the locks on the vehicle. The key code can be used as a reference to cut the key blade. The key code is not made for programming the key.
If you lose the key to your Honda, you have the option to remove one of the locks from your car such as the trunk lock, door lock, glove box lock or ignition lock. After you have the lock in your hand you can take it to a local automotive locksmith shop and have them cut you a new key by using the key code that is stamped on the lock itself. This can save you money in the end.


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