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Can a mobile locksmith make an ignition key?


It might seem that problems with car keys are not as common as problems with house keys, however, the fact is they are. Any key can break or wear out and lose its original shape. In this case, you might need a mobile locksmith to perform an ignition key repair. You also might simply lose your key, in which case your only option is to replace it. Who is better qualified to help you out with this - a car dealer or a professional locksmith?

An advantage that car locksmiths have over dealers is mobility. Locksmiths can arrive at your location in the shortest time possible, which is certainly more convenient. Most likely, the first question that the locksmith for car ignition replacement will ask you is – "Do you have the original key?" The process of making a new key is much easier if there’s an original one. However, if you don’t have it, there’s no need to worry. Fortunately, thanks to technological advances and competent locksmiths, it is possible to make a new car key without the original.

How to get replacement ignition car keys?


The first step of replacing an ignition key is determining the type of key you have because that is one of the first questions the locksmith will ask you before arriving. You need to know if your car uses a traditional mechanical key or a transponder key, or any other kind. Ensure you provide the locksmith with the correct information to avoid any additional spending, as some locksmiths calculate the cost including the time spent traveling to the customer. So, if you provide them with a piece of inaccurate information, the locksmith might need to return to the warehouse and you’ll need to pay extra.

Also, it’s important you have proof of ownership of the vehicle as well as the vehicle identification number (VIN). In case you don’t have the original key, auto locksmiths use the VIN to determine which key corresponds to your particular car. They can access the car’s key code information, that’ll help them create a new one for you. The VIN code is somewhere on the dashboard or in the engine compartment. If you have difficulty finding it, you can wait for the car locksmith to come and assist you.
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Making a new ignition key without the original is a longer process than simple duplication. In this case, the car locksmith will use the VIN to look through their extensive database of cars, find the key you need, and make a new one. If the new car key needs to be programmed, the car locksmith will take care of that as well. Once you get a new car key, make sure to ask for a duplicate to avoid similar mishaps in the future.
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How does a locksmith program a key?


Transponder keys are usually used in new cars. This key type has a built-in electronic chip in the key head. When the key is inserted into the ignition switch, the chip deactivates the engine immobilizer, allowing the engine to start. The key will not start the car without the correct chip, even if it is turned in the ignition. Once the locksmith determines the correct key blank and transponder chip from the vehicle information, he will program the transponder.
  • The first step is key cloning. The manufactured key is an exact copy of the physical cut of the key as well as the data contained in the transponder chip.
  • Then comes the process of programming the car key. A car locksmith uses specialized equipment to perform the action quickly and neatly.
So, the locksmith will connect your key to their computer, which is equipped with specialized software. Usually, these tools can work with almost all car makes and models. However, no software is suitable for every existing car. With the help of programming, the locksmith can remove the existing keys from the car or add new ones.

How much does it cost to make a car ignition key?


The total cost of making an ignition key depends on many factors.
  • Make of car
  • Car model
  • Type of car key
  • Location
  • Time
  • Specifics of the requested service
  • Emergency
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Beginning in the 1990s, car manufacturers began adding computer chips to keys to increase key protection, and technology has advanced much further since then. In general, new car ignition keys will cost more than older models because each new technology requires more advanced tools to operate it. Some people who want to save money might try fixing the problem themselves. However, key programming is a complicated process that can’t be performed without the proper knowledge and skills. Doing it yourself may cause more harm than good and if you don’t succeed, the problems and or damage created could become quite expensive. So, unless you are experienced and trained this is not an area to challenge yourself. Requesting the assistance of a professional would therefore seem the intelligent choice. In the long run, this will save you time and money. If you need help with car key programming, Sure Lock & Key is ready to provide it at fair and affordable prices.
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Summing up


The days when it was sufficient to copy and cut an inexpensive blank at a hardware store to replace a car ignition key are over. Most new cars today are equipped with either a push-button start system, a keyless entry system, or both. However, if you have any technical issues with these types of keys, there’s no cause for worry. Today, professional locksmiths have all the tools and skills needed to resolve any car key problem. Sure Lock & Key is ready to help you anytime, as we work 24 hours a day throughout the year.

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