If you are the original owner, or you know the dealer that sold the car,
contact that dealer and ask if they have the radio code on file. You may
also find a credit card sized card in your glove box with the radio code on
it or perhaps it is written somewhere in your owners manual.
If all that fails you will have to remove the radio and copy the serial
number on the radio and with that serial number your dealer can get the code
Any dealer should be able to get you the code. I had a battery run down and
the radio needed to be reset. It was time for an oil change, so I went to
the dealer - he looked up the radio code too. Not the same dealer I bought
You may need to show a prove of ownership.
If you tell us the year, model, and country you're in, maybe we can tell
you how to get the serial number for yourself, then you can phone the
dealer and they will get it for you for free. The (overpriced) $99 is to
remove the radio from the dash, to view the serial number.
If you are the original owner, it should be on file at the dealer you
bought it from.
I called the dealer for mine, and they gave me the radio and nav code
over the phone in about 30 seconds after I gave them my name and some
other info to identify myself to them.
New or used (or certified used) car, the dealer must give you the Maintenance
Folio/Auto owner's, included Quick Start guide, Warranties book, Owner's
manual and Honda Service History.
The key code and radio code must be on the 1st page of Honda Service History.
If you don't have this book, you have to contact your dealer, to verify your
ownership of your car and give them the information related to your car, then
you would get the radio code. It is free.
Oh, by the way, you should ask your dealer to provide you a "vallet key"
(gray one). This is your right to get it FREE. if you dont, when your
warranty expired, they would charge you about $40.00 for it and dont forget
to ask them to give you the key code as well.
Honda dealer where you bought your car, would ask you bring your car back to
its service Center to get this key. So when it's time to get oil changed,
it's time for you to get the vallet key. It took about 1hr to get this key.
Dont forget to double check and make sure that this vallet key works real
good on doors and ignition, BUT will not allow to open its trunk and back
seats. If this key can open all locks (doors, trunk, back seats) then it
becomes the master key, it is not so called "vallet key" anymore. Good luck!
Thanks for your reply. I bought this car in auction. So the dealer is
saying that he doesnot have these info.
I am not sure if calling Honda directly might help me to get the radio
there are some online sites which charges some dollar(less than 99/-)
to provide the radio code details.
If you can remove the radio and get the serial number, and you are nice
to your local dealer, he may go ahead and look up the radio code for you
at no charge.
Then again, he may not. If he doesn't, try another dealer.
The key is knowing the radio serial number from the sticker on the
radio. You must remove the radio to get to that.
If you're asking the dealer to remove the radio for you to get that
information, he's going to charge you for the labor.
If you can retrieve the number off the radio they should do it cheaper
than $100. It takes a few seconds on the computer. I bought my Prelude
used and I didn't have the code or a spare key. I bought a new $40 key
from the dealer and they threw in the code for free. Maybe you just
need to spend some bucks at the dealer to become a "customer" then
they get more friendly. If you expect them to rip into the trim to get
the number expect a mechanic's fee. A extendo-mirror and a flashlight
helps a lot. Having a teenaged helper who twists up easily is a REAL
Sometime, this code is stick in your gloves box and no one really know about
this code for.
If it is not in there, then just go to Honda dealer, to get a spare key
(about $40.00) then make friend with them (just men talk about cars/gadget)
then asked them "can you look up real quick on the system what my radio code
is?") sure they do and it's free. Dont make this code is the big deal.
If you do, they may think that you really need this code, then they are
gladly to charge you for it.
Your social skills would help you a lot in this case.
Good luck. :-)
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The owner's manual suggests that you put your radio serial number
sticker in the glove box, not the radio code itself.
With the serial number, a dealer can get the code. The sticker is for
convenience, so you don't have to pull the radio to get the s/n.
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