How To Replace a Car Key?

How to replace a car key? And how our service can help you?

1. Call Us Or Submit For a Quote: We will need the make, model, and year of your car. This information is important for us to ensure that the replacement key is compatible with your specific vehicle.

2. Verify Ownership: Should all keys to the vehicle have become lost, we will require proof of ownership before proceeding with the key replacement. This precaution ensures that replacement keys are provided only to authorized individuals / owners.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Payment and Documentation: Once the replacement key is successfully created and tested, we take payment on the job completion. This can be either, cash, card or via BAC’s.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. We cut the new key We cut a new to key to match your existing locks.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 and unlocked 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, and theres a little more to it.

But yes it really can be that simple to replace a car key!


Some Of The Work We Do

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