Replacing car keys is a relatively cheap process. Depending on the type of key, you may pay up to $10 for the key blank and cutting.
You can get a basic key cut in a few minutes, but some keys have extra features that require special equipment. Usually, you need to go to the dealership to replace these keys.
Keys cut and programmed
Getting a Car key making service can be a difficult task. While some home improvement stores and even some automotive stores can cut basic keys, they do not have the equipment to make modern keys like fobs or laser-cut keys. These keys have thicker shanks and less carved out grooves than basic keys and require special hardware. They also have built-in transponder chips that must be programmed for the specific vehicle.
This process can be time consuming and expensive if you lose your keys. Having a spare key can help you avoid this problem, but you need to know how to get the right one. Some locksmiths may require you to bring your key to them so that they can cut and program it.
You can also try to make a spare car key yourself at some retail locations, such as AutoZone. However, these keys will not have the same programming as a dealer key. You will need to bring the year, make and model of your vehicle so that they can program the key properly.
There are a number of benefits to getting a transponder key cut and programmed. First, they are more difficult to duplicate than non-transponder keys. Secondly, many modern cars have immobilizer systems that will not start if a non-transponder key is used. This prevents car thieves from using the hot wiring method of stealing a car.
A transponder key works by sending a radio signal to the vehicle’s immobilizer system. The key has a chip embedded inside that sends the signal when it gets close to the car. When the car’s ignition is turned on, the transponder chip activates and relays a message to the immobilizer system that it is the correct key.
To make a transponder key, an automotive locksmith will need the year, model and key code of the car. They will also need to know if the key is fixed or programmable. They will then use a computer to program the key with a special software.
High security keys
If you’re worried about the security of your home or office, then consider investing in a high-security lock. These locks are designed to be harder to pick and use patented key-control systems to prevent just anyone from duplicating them.
Many of these locks also feature hardened metals at key points to prevent drilling. They’re also pick resistant and bump proof, making them a great choice for commercial properties. They’re backed by strong utility patents and comprehensive key control agreements, adding another layer of security to your business.
There are several different types of high-security keys, but the most common are patented and cannot be duplicated without permission from the owner. Typically, these keys have a card that must be presented to an authorized dealer in order to get a spare copy made. This card will contain identity information that ensures the person requesting the duplicate key is the legal owner of the property. The patented key also includes detailed design features that make it more difficult to open the lock.
Having duplicate keys is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to avoid having to pay to have your locks changed when you misplace or lose an original key. This is especially important for businesses that rely on security cars or vans to transport sensitive documents. It’s also helpful to have duplicate keys when you need to share access to the office with a trusted employee.
Normally, a key is copied using a machine that uses an original flat key to serve as a template for the new one. A blank key is positioned on the other side of the machine, and they are both moved across a special cutting tool that cuts them simultaneously to create a new key. The cut surfaces of the key are then deburred, scrubbed with a wire brush that’s built into or on a separate machine to remove burrs that can foul locks with the help of the professional locksmiths.
Another simple way to make a key copy is by tracing an existing key onto a piece of clear packing tape and cutting it out. This isn’t a long-term solution, but it works well for temporary backup keys.