Everything You Need to Know About Transponder Keys

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If you have a car that was built after 1995, chances are you have a transponder key for it. This type of key serves as an anti-theft device. In addition to transponders, most cars built over the last two decades feature smart keys or key fob remotes. These types of keys make it easy to lock and unlock your vehicle. While they offer very convenient features, losing or breaking them can initially seem like a major hassle. Fortunately, Big Red Locksmiths can help.

How a Transponder Key Works

The way that a transponder key provides its anti-theft functionality is through the use of RF technology. RF technology is built directly into the key, as well as the car. Then when the key is inserted into the ignition, it checks for the presence of the correct RF signal. If the signal is not present, the car won’t start.

How effective is this method of theft prevention? Although it’s not perfect, studies show that the most commonly stolen car models are those that don’t include transponder keys. While there’s no doubt that a transponder key can help prevent vehicle theft, it can also put you in an inconvenient situation if you suddenly find yourself without your car keys in Omaha.

What to Do If Your Transponder Key or Remote Breaks

Whether you accidentally do something that breaks your transponder key, or you lose your key fob, it’s normal to experience some degree of panic as your first response. However, just because this type of situation can leave you wondering what step to take next doesn’t mean you’re stuck. Regardless of the specific problem you experience with your transponder or smart key, all you need to do is give Big Red Locksmiths a call.

While we provide a replacement service for Omaha residents directly through our website, we’ll be happy to help walk you through the process on the phone. All you need to do is let us know the make, model and year of your car, and then we’ll take of everything else that needs to be done to get the replacement shipped to you the same day.

Big Red Locksmiths Provides Service in Omaha When You Need It Most: (402) 554-0499

One question we’re sometimes asked is whether or not an individual should call a car dealership to get a transponder or smart key replacement. Our honest answer to that question is if someone wants to waste both time and money. The simple reality is car dealerships have a lot of things to focus on, which is why this type of task is generally a low priority for them.

If you instead want a fair price and your replacement to get the prompt attention it deserves, Big Red Locksmith is the service provider you need. Since we understand what it feels like to be locked out at a very inconvenient time, we’ll complete the replacement process as soon as possible for you. All you need to do to get our fast service is call (402) 554-0499.


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