This might seem like a simple question on the face of it, but replacing a car key isn’t always as simple as people think it is, especially when it comes to needing a set of car keys right away! How do people replace a set of car keys? There are a few ways to do it:
First, the big question is just how old the car is. For newer cars, the set is an electric version. The older models come with the traditional, metal keys and that directly affects how people can replace them.
For metal keys, one has to find and write down the car’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). This can be found in a number of different places, so the best thing to do is go online and find out where it is rather than spend a lot of time scouring the car for information!
Next, write down the make, model, and year of the car. This is important for finding the exact key that people need in order to order a new key for the car. At this point, a person can do one of two things:
Call up the manufacturer. Contacting the manufacturer of the car is the most direct way to deal with the problem, but it’s also the most expensive. Nonetheless, some people prefer this option. The manufacturer of the car can usually help people through the process, but it will take longer to get a new key.
Call up a locksmith. And, yes, call up a locksmith who handles cars! They are pretty easy to find and the need for emergency replacement keys has resulted in the creation of emergency locksmiths who can aid a person in getting a new set of keys quickly.
There are also key fobs online from companies that specialize in replacement keys. If a website has the matching one and they’re legitimate, then they might be a good option to take.
For those who are looking to replace an electric key, they should immediately check their warranty to see if it covers replacement keys. If it does, then one just needs to take their information to the local distributor and see if they can get a new one at a good price.
This will sound like a familiar refrain, but the other option is again to call a local locksmith. Depending on how soon that new electric key is needed, they might be calling an emergency or regular service. The new keys depend on transponders that have chips in the key. If the transponder detects the wrong chip in the key, then it won’t start the car.
The good news is that these are common enough now that a locksmith can get a new one for a car for a fairly good price. There are plenty of online shopping sites now that do have blank keys that can then be mailed. Once in a person’s position, a locksmith or technician can then help a client to properly code the new key to the car.