Does Car Key Replacement Have to Cost a Fortune?

At some dealerships, getting a car key replacement for a relatively new vehicle costs hundreds of dollars. This is because of two main things: The new key fob has to be programmed to work with your car, and the dealership is always an expensive source for any car parts. While the first part must be taken care of in any case, you do not have to put up with the cost of a dealership for this item.

Some locksmiths are equipped to properly program a new key fob, and they can take care of this as well as the overall car key replacement. This makes them excellent alternatives to dealers, and in many cases, they are much more affordable as well.

The locksmith will do two main stages when replacing a car key. One is to cut the actual key, and the other is to program the attached fob. Without this programming, a car won't recognize the key as being authorized. Then, it will set off the car alarm, not work, or both. Therefore, you can't just forgo the programming to save money.

If you're lucky enough to have a very old car, say 30 years old or more, you won't have to worry about having a new key fob programmed. That's because cars that old didn't have such advanced anti-theft systems. In fact, their keys were often as simple to make as house keys. For keys like this, however, you may find that you need an actual locksmith for a different reason: Key blanks for vintage automobiles aren't available at every local hardware store. A lock specialist, on the other hand, is likely to have many unusual blanks in stock.

Whether you need keys for vintage cars or newer one, a locksmith is your best bet. Call one today.


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