How to replace a car key? And how our service can help you?
1. Gather Vehicle Information: Before initiating the replacement process, gather essential information about your vehicle. This includes the make, model, year, and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). This information is crucial for locksmiths to ensure that the replacement key is compatible with your specific vehicle.
2. Contact a Professional Locksmith: Seeking the services of a professional locksmith is often the most convenient and efficient way to replace a car key. Look for reputable locksmiths in your area who specialize in automotive key replacement. Many locksmiths offer mobile services, allowing them to come to your location to perform the replacement on-site.
3. Provide Necessary Information: When contacting the locksmith, be ready to provide the gathered information about your vehicle. This helps the locksmith understand the key’s specifications and any security features associated with your car.
4. Verify Ownership: Locksmiths take security seriously, and they will require proof of ownership before proceeding with the key replacement. Be prepared to show identification and any relevant documents that establish your ownership of the vehicle. This precaution ensures that replacement keys are provided only to authorized individuals.
5. Choose the Type of Replacement Key: Depending on your vehicle’s model and technology, there are various types of replacement keys. Traditional metal keys, transponder keys, and key fobs with electronic components are common options. Work with the locksmith to determine the most suitable replacement key for your vehicle.
6. Key Cutting Process: For traditional metal keys or those with mechanical components, the locksmith will utilize key cutting machines to create an accurate replica of the original key. This process involves shaping the key to match the unique grooves and notches required for your specific vehicle.
7. Transponder Key Programming: If your vehicle uses a transponder key (a key with an embedded microchip), the locksmith will need to program the new key to communicate with your car’s immobilizer system. This ensures that the replacement key is recognized and allows the engine to start.
8. Test the Replacement Key: Before finalizing the process, the locksmith will test the replacement key to ensure it functions correctly. This includes verifying that the key can lock and unlock the doors, as well as start the engine. Testing ensures that the replacement key seamlessly integrates with your vehicle’s security system.
9. Obtain a Spare Key: Considering the effort involved in the replacement process, it’s wise to consider obtaining a spare key. This additional key can serve as a backup, reducing the likelihood of future lockout situations and providing peace of mind.
10. Payment and Documentation: Once the replacement key is successfully created and tested, proceed with payment for the locksmith’s services. Additionally, ensure that you receive proper documentation for the replacement key, including any codes or information that may be needed in the future.
By following these steps and enlisting the help of a professional locksmith, the process of replacing a car key can be a smooth and efficient experience. Whether you’ve lost your keys or simply need a spare, taking proactive steps to address key replacement ensures that you can get back on the road with confidence.
No taking the car to the dealer, quicker service, and a lot cheaper too!
How Do We Do It?
We stock a wide range of genuine OEM fobs and quality aftermarket keys, that we have tried and tested for many years to provide you with a quality product, at a great price! All our keys and fobs come with 12 months warranty as they would at the main dealer.
- Gain access/ Lock decode Our technician will gain access to the car if required, and decode the door lock or ignition lock in order to be able to cut a new key to the existing locks on the car. Saving the need to replace all of the locks which can prove expensive.
- We cut the new key We cut a new to key to match your existing locks.
- Key and Fob Programming/Coding Once we have a working key to turn the ignition on, we plug in our diagnostics to carryout the programming, so that your new keys operate the immobiliser and remote central locking.
- Payment and paperwork Payment is due on the completion of the work, and you will be issued with a receipt for 12 months warranty thats provided. (Warranty does not cover, loss of keys, accidental damage or water damage)
Note: Some vehicles immobiliser systems cannot be accessed via the cars (OBD) onboard diagnostic socket, and modules sometimes have to be removed in order to read the security data to perform key programming, so on some makes and models its not as simple as plugging into the car for coding
Yes it really can be that simple to replace a car key!