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In 1997 car manufacturers began designing cars with immobilizers for the ignition. These immobilizers prevent theives from gaining access to you car without having a special key with a transponder in the head of the key. While these immobilizers helped to cut down on car theft, they also make it more expensive and difficult to replace your car’s ignition keys. Luckily, car keys are quite durable and many times your car ignition key will last the entire time you own your car. However, thre are times when you do need a car key replacement.
Why You May Need a Car Key Replacement
There are a few reasons why you may need a car key replacement here are just some of the reasons why a car key needs to be replaced.
• Your car keys have been lost or Stolen. Probably the most common reason why a car key may need to be replaced is because the keys have either been lost or stolen. Most people forget where they leave their keys from time to time, but in some cases the people who misplace their keys simply can’t find them no matter how hard they look. In such cases, getting a car key replacement is essential if you want to be able to drive your car.
• Your Car Key Breaks- There are situations where you use your key so much, it actually breaks. A broken key will signal the ignition to turn over nor will it unlock your car doors or trunk.
• Transponder Malfunctions- There are situations where the transponder simply malfunctions either quitting all together or sending a signal too weak for your ignition to receive the message. In this case it is essential to get a car key replacement as soon as possible in order to be able to use your car.
• To Save Wear and Tear on Your Transponder Key- In some cases car owners are simply looking for ways to save wear and tear on their transponder key and have a copy made of the basic key which they can use to unlock their car doors and trunks instead of using the same key that they put in the ignition. Of course some cars come with a watch fob that uses radio frequency signals to automatically unlock your car doors and trunk by simply pushing a button.
How to Get A Car Key Replacement
Getting a car key replacement may be as easy as going to local hardware and getting a copy made if you have the original key. However, using this simple solution to replace your car key may unlock your car doors, but it won’t start your car. In addition, unless you have the original key to copy, you won’t get a replacement key at all.
To actually get a replacement car key that will start your car, you are either going to need to go your local car dealership or contact a licensed locksmith who includes car key replacements as part of the services they offer.
A licensed car locksmith will cut you a new key and then program the transponder properly so that your ignition will turn over. Programming the key may actually take two different working keys in order to program the key properly. If your ignition key is broken or lost or if you only have one key to begin with then programming the transponder key on your own will be impossible.
A qualified car locksmith will have everything needed to create a functional car key replacement for your car allowing you drive your car and resulting in a shorter time spent without access to your car.
Should I Have a Duplicate Transponder Key Made While My Original is Still Functional?
You may want to consider have a duplicate transponder key made in case you lose your original key or it should happen to break. However, you do keep in mind that these keys are not cheap and can run $80.00, $100.00 or more to have one of these keys made. When you consider that you probably paided thousands of dollars for the car itself, this small added expense may be well worth it for some people leaving them feeling more secure knowing they have a back up key should they ever need it.
How Long Does it Take to Make a Replacement Car Key
It won’t take long for a skilled licensed car locksmith to make a replacement key. The actual length of time will depend a great deal on the situation.
If you are having a copy made from a good working transponder key making a duplicate won’t take a great deal of time. On the other hand, if you have lost your key and must have a key replacement made from scratch this will take a bit longer but still be accomplished in a half an hour to an hour depending on the given situation.
Best of all if you have lost or broken your ignition key having a licensed car locksmith make the replacement key can save you a bit of money since you won’t have to pay to have the car towed to them since they can come to you. A mobile car locksmith will go to your locations and be able to make and program your car key replacement without any undue stress or worry for you or your family.
Here at HomeRun Locksmith our licensed and skilled car locksmith technicians can quickly and easily make a replacement car key for you regardless of the reason why you need that key replaced.