There are few things in life more frustrating than having to replace a lost or broken car key. If you are lucky, you have a spare; but for many, this little inconvenience can become a real headache when there is no second set and you need to get back on the road.
At Big Red Locksmiths, we’ve seen this problem literally hundreds of times and can identify several ways you can address the problem. Each has its merits and all vary in cost and the amount of time you’ll need to resolve the issue. Depending on the type of key you have and the age of your car, you’ll need to consider just how tricky it can be to replace that lost or broken key.
What Type of Key Do You Need?
One common course of action when a car key is lost or broken is to find out what type of key you need to have replaced. At Big Red Locksmiths, we’re happy to help you with this area, however, if you like to perform research before placing a call, be sure to check out for everything you need to know regarding the different types of automotive (car) keys.
A transponder key is one that looks like a typical car key with a physical grooved blade that is inserted into the ignition. It differs from older keys in that the plastic head of the key (the part of the key that you hold when you turn the key in the ignition) contains a transponder chip to disarm the vehicle, which allows it to start.
The majority of keys to cars built after 1995 contain transponder chips and there are aftermarket keys online that can be purchased as replacements. Before he transponder key is cut, it should include a completely blank blade (no grooves). You’ll want to keep in mind that key should include a completely blank blade (no grooves) and will require car key cutting to turn the locks, and also car key programming to allow the transponder to send a signal to start the engine.
Car Key Fobs
If your car has a push button start, then you need a key fob replacement. Selecting an aftermarket version for key fob replacement can be especially tricky. Not only do you need to buy a replacement that matches the make and model of your car, there are a number of specifications that must match in order for the replacement to do the job of starting your engine. When it comes to car key fobs, we strongly recommend you hire a local locksmith so the job can be done right the first time.
Most new cars come with specific key remotes that can be used from a distance and operate door locks or set off the panic alarm. If you have the actual key and just need to replace the remote to lock and unlock your doors, then the cost to replace the remote may not be as high as you expect. The remote will require programming for your specific vehicle. Contact Big Red Locksmiths today as we can help you get the proper car remote for a fraction of the cost as local dealerships.
Where To Get Keys Replaced: Dealership vs. Big Red Locksmiths
Now that you’ve read about the many types of keys, you may be asking yourself what you should do to solve that problem that still lingers – the lost or broken car key.
You can go to a local car dealership for a key replacement., however, we recommend you to prepare ahead of time allowing several days for the unit to be ordered. There may be a separate appointment for programming and a hefty price tag for getting the car key replacement done. Plan to pay 50% to 80% more if you go this route, depending on the make and model of your vehicle (with luxury brands costing significantly more to replace).
If you need to get the issue solved quickly and at a cost, you can afford, the best course of action is to find a reputable local locksmith like Big Red Locksmiths to help. Not only do we have years of experience cutting and programming keys, you can be assured the replacement key will work, and continue to work for the long haul. With the money and time, you’ll save, we recommend having a second set made to keep as a spare. Backed by expert technicians and first-rate customer service, you’ll be glad you avoided the headaches that come with trying to do it yourself with an aftermarket solution.
With the money and time, you’ll save, we recommend having a second set made to keep as a spare. Backed by expert technicians and first-rate customer service, you’ll be glad you avoided the headaches that come with trying to do it yourself or going to a local dealership. Call Big Red Locksmiths at 402-554-0499.