If you’ve recently lost a car key or you want to get a spare made in case of emergencies, you may be able to get it done at Walmart.
As one of the world’s largest retailers, Walmart is known for offering its customers a wide selection of products. But on top of the array of products you can buy at Walmart, customers can also access different services through their different kiosks and service centers.
But how and where can you get a key duplicated at Walmart?
In this article, we’re explaining just that.
So, keep reading to learn about whether or not Walmart will duplicate your car keys, how much it will cost you, and even the types of keys that you can get duplicated and copied at Walmart.
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Yes, but not all Walmart will be able to offer this service. On top of that, not all car keys can be copied since many modern cars now use different electronic systems for their car keys.
So, while some Walmarts will be able to duplicate your keys, at the end of the day, it largely depends on the type of key you need to be duplicated and the specific Walmart Supercenter in your area.
Walmart key duplication is offered through the MinuteKey kiosks. Currently, there are over 1,500 different Walmart locations with a MinuteKey kiosk installed.
Before going to Walmart to get your car keys duplicated, you first need to check if they offer the service and whether or not your car keys can be duplicated through traditional methods.
As mentioned earlier, there are over 1,500 different Walmart locations with a MinuteKey kiosk. And as of 2021, Walmart has over 4,300 different locations around the US alone, so there are a fair amount of locations that won’t have a MInuteKey kiosk.
Since all Walmarts process key duplications through MinuteKey, if your local Supercenter doesn’t have a kiosk, you won’t be able to get the keys duplicated. To check if your local Walmart has a MinuteKey and other Walmart locations near you that may have one, you can use the Walmart Store Finder tool on their website.
If your car uses a regular metal that you place inside the ignition, then Walmart can duplicate it. In fact, these traditional keys are very easily duplicated and the whole process will only last you a couple of minutes.
However, new cars that have keys with RFID chips and other electronics can’t be copied by Walmart. This is something that’s common amongst modern car manufacturers to ensure that they are the only ones who can make, copy, and distribute certain keys.
This is an added security measure to prevent theft. Modern car keys are programmed to only work with a specific car using a code. Manufacturers keep this code a secret as if it gets into the wrong hands, you could end up with an easy way to steal different cars.
With that said, some Walmarts do sell replacement fobs and buttons for certain cars. But once you buy the fob, you still need to go to your local car dealership or to a locksmith to program the fob to work with your car before using it.
The price of key duplication at Walmart can vary greatly depending on the type of car key and design you need to be duplicated. However, most key duplications at Walmart through MinuteKey will cost you around $2 and usually won’t go as high as $6 per key.
You can pay for the service through cash or card, with some kiosks even accepting ApplePay. On top of that, all key duplications through MinuteKey are subject to a 30-day warranty if they don’t work when you use it.
Additionally, if you have a key with “do not duplicate” on it such as keys for public schools and restricted properties, Walmart will not be able to duplicate it for you.
If you need to get a key replicated for whatever reason, you may be able to get it done at Walmart. However, this will largely depend on the type of key you need to be duplicated.
Walmart key duplications are done through MinuteKey, which can only duplicate non-restricted and traditional metal keys. If your car key has electronics such as an RFID chip inside it, you can’t get it duplicated at Walmart.
Instead, you will need to buy a replacement or additional fob and have your local dealership calibrate and program the fob for your car or vehicle.