December 17, 2021
Gone are the days when you can easily walk to a hardware store to replace your car keys. Nowadays, car key replacement is getting complicated as there are new integrations to enhance vehicle security. Whether you are dealing with a lost car key that has no spare or your car key is broken, this is a short, straight to the point and detailed guide to inform you about all you need to know about a car key replacement.
But before we proceed, you must determine whether a car key replacement is what you need, or something different.
How do I know if I need a Car Key Replacement?
If your car key stopped working, take a step back to find out whether the issue is with the key or something else. Most times, the car assembly or ignition may be the culprit. To find out, try with your spare car key. If your spare car key doesn’t work as well, there may be something going on with the car. The best thing is to troubleshoot, find out the problem and determine whether what you need is a mechanical repair or a car key replacement.
Once you’ve resolved you need a car key replacement - especially if you’ve lost your car key and have no spare. It’s time to find out the type of car key replacement you will be needing.
Traditional Car Key
For cars manufactured in the 1980s and earlier years, your car key will probably be a traditional key cut from a standard key blank with no technological features. All that will be needed is to retrieve the key code and a fresh metal to be cut identically like the last one. You can get a replacement from any locksmith in San Diego, CA.
Transponder Car keys
From 1995, the automobile industry started manufacturing transponder car keys – a key with a microchip inserted in it to send sensors and activate the transponder whenever it is inserted in the ignition. These transponder keys can be programmed using the owner’s manual but usually require more than one working key. If you are unable to program your key correctly, you’d need to head to a dealership or locksmith to get the key programmed to your car’s onboard computer.
Keyless Ignition Fobs
Keyless ignition fobs are more advanced and complicated than the rest. If you need to get one, here is some heads up. It is unlikely to get one made in a hardware store and some local locksmiths do not have the luxury to afford the equipment for a keyless ignition Fob. The best thing to do is contact Diego's Locksmith. After getting a new car key, it needs to be programmed to the car before it can work. If you want to go DIY, you can check online to get the exact programming procedure but if after trying, it still doesn’t work. It is best to also allow the experts from Diego's Locksmith to finish what we started.
Car Key Replacement costs
If you are considering replacing your car keys, here is an estimate by Consumer Reports. It is worthy to take note that prices vary depending on Locksmiths.
Cost of a new car key range between $50 - $400 depending on the brand. There is an additional $50 to $100 for programming charges.
If you require a professional and trusted locksmith, Diego’s Locksmith can meet those needs.
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