Answers to Common Questions About Transponder Keys

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Locksmith services Omaha NEMost of the cars made over the last two decades use transponder keys. The main benefit of this type of key is it acts as a theft deterrent. Most keys from the past two decades also offer convenience in the form of a remote or smart key configuration. These keys make it a breeze to get into your car, including the trunk. The other potential features a modern key may include depends on the car’s make and the key’s newness.

Although there are a lot of positive things that can be said about modern car keys, they’re not without fault. One of the most common complaints car owners have about transponder keys and similar options is they create a significant hassle when broken. The reason so many people feel that way is they assume they have to go to the dealer for a replacement.

It’s absolutely true that car dealers charge a small fortune to fix or replace just about any kind of auto key. The good news is you don’t have to go to a dealer for this service. Instead, you can work with the expert team at Big Red Locksmiths. You can count on us to take care of what you need at a fair price.

Why Do Dealerships Charge So Much to Replace Transponder Keys?

Given the prices dealerships charge to replace them, many people in Omaha assume that transponder keys include very complex technology. Studies show that these keys do decrease the likelihood of a car being stolen. But in terms of tech, transponder keys use standard RF technology. This technology is in both the key and the car. If both signals aren’t present when someone attempts to start the car, the ignition won’t turn over.

So even though the technology used with these keys is fairly straightforward, dealerships are still able to charge a premium for their services. The real reason is they know people will pay it. If someone has a key problem and goes to a car dealer in Omaha, they probably think that’s their only option to get it resolved. The good news is you can avoid that scenario altogether. All you need to do is make Big Red Locksmiths your first call.

Get the Key Service You Need at a Great Price: (402) 554-0499

If you have a problem with your transponder or smart key, you don’t need to wait forever to get it fixed. You also don’t need to pay a ton of money. At Big Red Locksmiths, we believe in providing the best service at a great price. We can actually start helping you as soon as you call.

We’ll get the year, make and model of your car, then immediately get started with the rest of the process so we can get your replacement shipped right away. So if you want excellent service, great value and a quality replacement key, the phone number to call is (402) 554-0499.


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