Let’s face it. Being locked outside our home in an untimely manner or losing our car keys can give us a major headache. Getting the key stuck in the car ignition and damaging it whether by accident or not is another stressful situation. With no spare parts at hand, getting a replacement key ahead of time is not only a wise and logical decision, it can also save you from ordering a replacement key from your dealer, which is not only inconvenient but also expensive.
Choosing Your Replacement Key
Most of the time, your car key comes with a spare set; however, we tend to forget where we place them or in some instances, this spare set is also damaged in another way. A master-key is the best type of key if you have no spare to show your locksmith to duplicate. Although most locksmiths have a master-key made, there are times when one needs to show their car or tell the locksmith the car model or brand for them to be able to make a replacement key.
If your car key is the transponder type, then you might find it difficult to find a spare as most keys are pre-programmed on the vehicle type. This can be bypassed by locksmiths that have specialists on automotive keys. They can provide a blank key that can be programmed to work on the model specific vehicle. Although it might be costly, it is more affordable than purchasing one from the auto dealer. Additionally, one would be able to use the key immediately after the programming and not wait for the dealer to send a new one.
For those car owners that have key fobs or keyless remote car keys, replacement is much easier. Aside from the auto dealers, automotive locksmiths also have replacement key fobs that can be programmed to work on the vehicle type. Although authorized dealers can do the programming, automotive locksmiths more often than not have instructions and can do it for the car owner.
Aside from transponders and key fobs, other types of car keys are also making their way to the market. Some of these include laser cut, switchblades and smart keys. These keys are made to ensure that auto-theft is prevented. These keys can also be easily replaced by your local locksmiths and although much more expensive than regular car keys, one can get it much cheaper than having to purchase it directly from the dealers or buying a new one which can cost from $100 – $200.