Can a Broken Key be Copied?

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big-red-locksmiths-residential-home-lockout-servicesKeys can break and when they do, you’re left with the problem of trying to find the quickest and most affordable solution. Big Red Locksmiths in Omaha often gets asked if it’s possible to copy a key that is broken and the answer is, it depends. Truthfully, it is almost always possible to copy a broken key. If there are enough pieces left an experienced technician can take the information contained on those existing pieces and create a copy.

You may have noted the phrase “experienced technician” in the preceding sentence. If you stop at the local hardware store and ask someone standing behind the paint counter to copy your broken home or office key, just be aware they can actually damage what you have left of your key, making it really hard to obtain a copy that will work later.

What Does it Cost?

It depends on the type of key you are copying. If you have a simple house key you are hoping to copy, that will have a minimal cost compared to if you are replacing a broken auto car key with a transponder chip that needs programming. In addition to the cost of the new automotive key, you might be looking at labor costs for programming as well. Or, if pieces of the key are broken off inside the door lock, for example, then you’ll need to consider the time to resolve those variables.

Could I Save Money if I Get the Broken Key Out of the Lock Myself?

If we are talking about copying the key, it’s important to have every piece of that key to create a usable copy. There are some ways keys can be copied without all of the pieces available, but it costs significantly more! Removing a broken key from a lock you hope to salvage is no job for a Do-It-Yourselfer. Please know that if you damage the lock as well as the key, your problems have just magnified and it may lead to a significant bill and additional stress.

My Broken Key is Patented. Can It Be Copied?

The answer is yes, but you will need to find a skilled lock technician who has access to the appropriate key blanks and key cutting equipment. Some patented keys include security measures to prevent decoding, but a qualified local locksmith in Omaha will be able to identify this issue and provide a quality key copy.

Other Things To Consider In Copying A Broken Key

You’ll need to consider how the key is broken, the type of key that is involved and whether or not there are any complex factors (such as transponders and decoding issues) to be considered. If it’s a complex break or restrictions on copying the key, we highly recommend calling an experienced locksmith to help you out!

Finding the right lock replacement professional in Omaha is important if you have a broken key and want to replace it in a timely and cost-effective way. Big Red Locksmiths provides a mobile locksmith service that can bring the solution to you, or you can stop by our shop to get answers to your key copying questions.

Broken Keys? Questions About Copying Keys? Call Big Red Locksmiths for friendly service and answers at (402) 554-0499.

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