Losing your car keys or breaking it off in the ignition or door lock can be a nightmare plus you don’t have a spare key at all. Dont panic if this happens to you believe it or not, it is possible to have a copy of your old car key made without the original.
Your first step would be to determine the kind of key you will need once youve found yourself in a situation where you badly needed one. If you own a car from 1981 or earlier, you may just need a simple key cut from a standard key block.
Vehicles with newer models have cut keys called transponder keys an anti theft device that prevents vehicles from getting stolen by using a simple duplicate key. Transponder keys include programmed chips as safety features. Even if a transponder key was cut while the chip is unprogrammed, it wont be able to start the cars engine. A third kind of car key is a smart key. Smart keys act as a remote and are not like traditional keys at all. These resemble an attached key fob and do not require the traditional means of turning the ignition.
You can acquire a replacement keyfob or transponder key if you lost the original one by going to the dealer to obtain a replacement. However, this can be very expensive, especially if you need your vehicle to be towed to your dealership’s location. A more affordable option is to enlist the services of an auto locksmith. In fact, many dealers utilize the services of outside locksmiths for replacement keys and many locksmiths can cut and program the exact same key for about 50% less cost than a dealership.
A professional locksmith will be able to make a replacement key for you even if you do not have the original key. When you contact a locksmith, you will need to supply some information to the company before your key can be replaced. You will need to be able to identify the year, make and model of your car. You will also need to prove ownership of the vehicle, so have your registration or title handy. The vehicle identification number is more commonly known as the VIN, and your locksmith will need them when cutting a key. The VIN can be found either on driver’s side doorpost or stamped on a metal plate on the driver’s side dashboard. Your key identification number is also an important item to have, and can usually be found in your car manual. Let your locksmith know if you believe that your keys have been stolen since they will be able to reprogram your car in such a way that the old keys will no longer work.