Locksmith Frequently Asked Questions

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Are replacements purchased online less expensive?2020-03-08T03:30:53+00:00

 Yes, you can usually get the key for less online, but you will still need to get the transponder key programmed and it will take some time for the key to arriving at you. It is better to have a locksmith or a car dealership handle the programming and not try to do it yourself.

Do replacements come with a warranty?2020-03-08T03:30:36+00:00

 A majority of replacements come with a 90-day warranty for new and used replacements. Make sure when you get one online you ask the key provider for this in the case that you get a faulty or damaged product.

If I replaced my remote battery and it still doesn’t work, do I need to replace my remote?2020-03-08T03:30:08+00:00

 Yes; if the batteries have been replaced and the remote still doesn’t work you will likely need to change the remote. Also, make sure that your remote is programmed properly, that could also be the case.

Our replacement keys and remotes original or aftermarket products?2020-03-08T03:29:50+00:00

Most transponder keys will be aftermarket unless otherwise stated and most fobs, keyless entry remotes and remote head keys are from the original equipment manufacturer.

How can I be sure I have received the correct remote for my vehicle?2020-03-08T03:29:33+00:00

If it is a remote you currently have, you can check the part numbers on the back and match them with the functions on the front to see if it is the correct remote. If you didn’t get a remote or you lost yours, supplying a car dealership with you VIN will help them to provide you with a part number.

How do I know if my vehicle has a keyless entry system?2020-03-08T03:29:14+00:00

 If you have or had a remote for your car then it has a keyless entry system. If neither of these applies to you, a car dealership can answer your question by checking you VIN; vehicle identification number

Why does a key cutting service need my license and registration before cutting new keys?2020-03-08T03:28:58+00:00

This is used to verify that you are the actual owner of the key. Wouldn’t want to help someone steal a car, right?

Why can’t I program a new key myself if I have one working key?2020-03-08T03:28:29+00:00

 This is because you are going to need two working keys to program the car. You can’t use one programmed key twice. You are going to need to call a locksmith or go to your local dealership to get the other key programmed.

What is the general price range for cutting and/or programming keys and remotes?2020-03-08T03:28:14+00:00

Listen, whenever people ask these questions I always tell them the same thing. This isn’t just a cut and dry thing, you know? There are so many different factors and things to take into consideration that we can’t just drop a direct price. What type of car do you have? Which state do you live in? Do you have the original? Etc. When you take all of those other things into account, you realize that it isn’t just something that has a direct answer.

How can I find an automotive locksmith in my area?2020-03-08T03:27:58+00:00

 The yellow pages are a good idea. Or like… just look up automotive locksmiths near me and then just check the map to see the closest one to you. It is important to not just choose locksmiths willy nilly though because they can be bad. It is important to read reviews and if you have anyone you know and can talk to in the area, maybe ask them if they have used a locksmith around you and if they can suggest any!

What happens if my key doesn’t work after I had it cut?2020-03-08T03:25:34+00:00

 Then you’re stuck. No, I’m kidding. Keys with transponder chips need to be programmed before it can start working so after you get the key cut, call an automotive locksmith or visit a close by the dealership to get that key up and running!

How do I know if my car has a transponder chip inside?2020-03-08T03:25:12+00:00

 Taking your key to a local hardware store, automotive locksmith or car dealership is a good idea if you want to find out if your key has a transponder chip inside of it. If you have a spare key that you made from a blank, then you can try to start the car with this simple metal key. If it only opens the doors and the trunk but doesn’t start the car, then you can be assured that your car key probably has a transponder key inside. A good way to know if your key has a chip is by examining it. If the key has some plastic casing around the large part of the key, you know, the part that doesn’t go fully into the lock, chances are your key might just have a chip.

Where do I have my key or remote cut and programmed?2020-03-08T03:24:55+00:00

At your local dealership or you can have a trusty automotive locksmith take care of it for you. Certain auto shops can program certain fobs for you because not every process is super difficult. The cut of the car key and the nature of the replacement might make it necessary to go see a locksmith that can cut the key by code.

Can I program a new keyless entry remote myself?2020-03-08T03:24:31+00:00

It depends. Some models will allow you to program it all by yourself while some models will require you to seek out the help of a professional. If you are unsure how to program your new keyless entry remote, don’t be afraid to ask a professional locksmith for help!

What can I do if I’ve lost all of my car keys?2020-10-06T06:17:42+00:00

 These keys can be easily replaced by an automotive locksmith but the price varies depending on your car and if it’s an older or a newer model. If the key has a transponder then you should be prepared to spend $80 or more if you want the key to be able to do more than just open the doors and the trunk.

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