October 30, 2022
Car key cutting is a skill that locksmiths acquire from their profession. With the right tools and experience, this process is extremely easy. Without these requirements, cutting the key can feel almost impossible.
Most times a person can usually handle things on their own but cutting a car key isn’t that simple. You have to be aware of what you’re doing. It is possible to accomplish this task on your own, but the majority will need some type of assistance during the process. This is why you’ll need a locksmith ready for service.
In this blog post, our experts at Diego’s Locksmith will explain if you can cut your own car keys.
A key is one of the most important things that we use today. Some keys are extremely simple to re-create and copy, but some are very complicated and better off handled by a professional. A car key falls into the "very complicated" category as not only do you cut the key, but it also needs a program transponder as well.
There are multiple ways to have your car key cut. If you have a preexisting key, you can take it to a locksmith nearby to get it cut and copied. This is such an easy process for the locksmith that it only takes only a few minutes to do.
If you find yourself without a preexisting key for the locksmith, don’t worry! The code for the key can easily be accessed by finding the vehicle's identification number. Once it has been located, a key can be made. The time that it will take won’t be similar to a preexisting key though. Since the code of the key had to be found, this means it will be created from scratch. This method can take around 30 minutes to 1 hour max.
Another method is using the key ignition cylinder. If you find yourself in the same situation of not possessing the key, a professional locksmith can use the patterns from the ignition to decode and get a key cut for you. Of course, the time it takes won’t be short as it isn’t an easy process.
There isn’t even a real answer to this as everyone’s situation can be different. The car’s make and model is a huge factor as parts are more expensive depending on the car.
As for the codes and VIN number, it is a complicated process. The qualified locksmith may come across problems where he has to dismantle the ignition just to get the key’s codes. Problems can happen while decoding too. These methods take man hours and labor which can add to your cost.
An estimate for your cost varies from the type of key you’re getting cut. If you’re going for the traditional method of just the key, then the cost will be up to $5.
If a modern car is being dealt with then that cost can rise quickly as these vehicles need reprogramming with their keys and more. The cost for these can be anywhere around $150 to $180.
Have you found yourself in a sticky situation involving your key? Then you’ve come to the right place as Diego’s Locksmith has qualified professionals who can solve your issues. Contact our friendly representatives to have an expert sent to your location.
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