Car Keys Replacement
Have you lost your car key?
Is someone stole your car key?
Have you broke your car key?
How many times have you lost your car keys?
If you’re like most drivers, you’ve probably lost your keys several times! It will maybe cheer you up to know that it much easier to replace a car key in the U.S than in Europe. That includes if you lost your only car key.
When you have lost or misplaced your keys, don’t hesitate to call us. To point out, one call to LockTech24/7, and we will come out right away.
Wherever your’re located in the Lehigh Valley, we come to cut and program your car key to your vehicle without delay.
A Basic Car Key Made
A basic car key, which was common up until the mid-to-late 1990s, has no security feature other than its unique cut.
The shank, which is the long metal part of the key, has cuts and grooves like a house key. The shank content these cuts for one thing, to prevent one car owner turn on a car a car that now his own.
It’s easy to copy these keys. A locksmith doesn’t need any extra equipment: He can use the same machine he uses to cut other keys.
Most ignition keys now have a transponder that electronically communicates with the vehicle to prevent theft. You can’t start your car if the key isn’t programmed to match the security system of the car.
The systems can also include a separate or integrated fob with buttons for locking and unlocking the doors. To put it differently than transponder chip key.
Transponder Car Key Made
A Transponder is short for: transmitter + responder.
Transponder chip disarms a vehicle immobilizer when the car key is used to start the engine.
The majority of keys to cars built after 1995 contain VAT keys, as well as transponder chips keys.
When the car key is turned in the ignition to ON, the engine control unit (ECU) on the car sends an electronic message to the key. And it will allow the car to start only provided it receives the correct message back.
So, even for a simple car key without any buttons, the key must be cut correctly to turn the locks, and also programmed correctly.
You must program new transponder key to your car. When the key is programmed correctly, it disarm the immobilizer.
Car keys with chips can be programmed using special equipment. Our locksmiths can do it for you.
A good place to get a spare car key is by contacting LockTech24/7, your local auto locksmith company.
Our specialized locksmiths have a greater selection of transponder, VATS, PATS, and laser cut car keys.
A transponder key’s shank is either a basic key cuts or a laser-cut key.
The major difference between a basic key and a transponder key is that the chip in the transponder key must be programmed before it can start the vehicle.
As for today, in most car and models, you may need car key replacement service that include programming the chip key to your vehicle. In most cases, after programming a new key, the old key will no longer works on your car. Which means, if somebody stole your car key, he won’t be able to run it away. However, you definitely don’t want to break the ignition in order to start your car with a screwdriver.
High Security Key Made
High security or laser cut car keys are used to be cut with a laser cut machine, and frequently content electronic chip in its “head.”
Laser cut keys are only one name with others, also known “internal cut key”, or sindwinder key.
This type of key is different from regular or traditional keys. High security keys are wider, thicker, and the cuts are along the interior face of the key shank.
This means it is harder to pick the lock for a laser cut key, and it also harder to duplicate.
At LockTech24/7 automotive locksmith service department, we provide you with new high security car key, right on the spot.
We posses a large inventory of high security transponder automotive keys. Don’t hesitate to call us and find out if we hold your key in stock.
Our technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you the service you need.
Key FOB Replacement
A key fob is a palm-sized portable device capable of controlling various parts of a car.
Their primary function is to manage the remote-entry system installed in a car. Design dictates whether the controller stands alone or works like a key-ring.
Depending on the style, the fob may also include a regular or valet key for the vehicle.
Key fobs are an integral component of a key-less entry system.
Key fob is also a word used to describe a key chain and several other similar items and devices. The word fob is believed to have originated from watch fobs, which existed as early as 1888.
The fob refers to an ornament attached to a pocket-watch chain. Key chains, car starters, garage door openers, as well as key-less entry devices on hotel room doors are also called fobs.
The Process Of Making Your Car Key
How locksmith makes a new key?
After verifying ownership of the car, the locksmith will send out the information of the car that was providing by the owner, and will wait to get back a key code.
What is a key code?
A key code is a number or string of characters that tells special machinery how to cut a key, easily.
Each car key has its own unique key code. Having the key code will definitely save your money when using the services of LockTech24/7 because it facilitates our job.
The locksmith inserts the key code into a special computer’s software. After inserting the code, the computer software will return the result of the key cuts.
This is a service that a locksmith need to pay for.
When the locksmith know the cuts of the key, he put the key in a special cutting machine to cut the key. In all cases, unless the ignition lock was replaced, or the car has VAT security system, the same key will open the doors, trunk, and ignition lock.
Note – Not all keys are made the same!
The world of spare car keys is full of variety. Getting keys made for 2 cars of the same year and of the same make does not necessarily mean they will cost the same.
Ask a locksmith or a dealership on the phone if the key for your auto needs to be programmed. If it uses VATS, transponder, PATS, chip, and how much it costs.
Buying your key online or with LockTech24/7 is usually the way to go. You get the same key and it is usually cheaper.
What Do You Need?
Whether you need a basic key or transponder key. To create a new copy of your key, a locksmith will ask for some information about your vehicle, including:
Personal ID (D.L)
Year, make and model of your vehicle
Plate number of your vehicle
VIN number (Vehicle identification Number)
Registration of the car or proof of ownership.
So what would you do if you have lost my car keys?
Call a locksmith at LockTech24/7 , of course!
If you’ve lost your car key, contact LockTech24/7. We’ll be happy to assist you and make a new key to your vehicle.
Some cars come equipped with a keyless entry system designed by the manufacturer, other equipped with an after market alarm system.
If you have lost your keys, or have just bought a new car, and need to program a new keyless remote, you reached the right place. Whether you drive a car, a truck, or an SUV we have the remote you need to program to your vehicle, please call us now.
Programming Car Keys
After cutting the key, the locksmith will plug-in a special programming machine to the OBD plug of your car to connect to the ECU. If you car take a pin code for programming, the locksmith has to insert it in the process of programming the key, otherwise, the key won’t be programmed.
We can make a car key of the following cars:
Whether you have lost your transponder car key or non-transponder (basic) car key, LockTech24/7 Locksmiths can help. please don’t hesitate to dial (844) 240-0081!
Did You Know?
If you lock your key in your car or trunk and have no way of getting to it, a locksmith can often make an inexpensive key. This key will open the doors and the trunk only, but will not start the engine. That will allow you to retrieve the original key.