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Replacement car keys prove costly

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Drivers might not realise it, but replacing lost car keys can be a costly business.

A survey by Which? magazine has made for some interesting results.

The magazine found that buying replacement keys can cost £200, citing the examples of the Volkswagen Touareg (£226), the Audi A4 (£224) and the Nissan 370Z (£212). However, many firms charge £100, it added.

It makes reference to a Saab 9-3 owner who was charged £580 but managed to revise the figure down to £380.

The most expensive replacements, according to Which?, was the Mercedes-Benz S-class, costing £235, and the Mercedes-Benz C-class, costing £231.

Vauxhall Corsa owners may be pleased to hear that on average their keys were the cheapest to replace - £127.

A website contributor said that despite the costs, car safety has been massively improved, and this could be key to the cost of car insurance.

It said: "Keys cost a king's ransom but car theft has been cut dramatically."

© Press Association 2011