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Car Key Replacement Locksmith – Replace Car Keys For Your Car  February 10, 2017 – 05:11 pm
Car Key Replacement

How do I replace my keys?

Car key replacement can be handled several different ways. You can go to the dealership, do it yourself, or you can call a locksmith. Each one of these options has its own pros and cons. Dealerships will be the most expensive, but are trustworthy. The do it yourself (DIY) option will be the cheapest, but it relies on your ability and the quality of the products you purchase. Locksmiths are a nice middle ground of price and trust.

Why should I use a locksmith to replace my car keys?

The best method for car key replacement is to call your local locksmith. This protects you from unscrupulous third parties who sell faulty equipment, and will have better pricing than the dealership. Going to a locksmith takes out all of the guesswork, and makes sure that the work is done right for a fair price.

Do I need my original key?

No, you do not need your original key. However, if you have your original key, this will help the car key replacement process. The existing key can be duplicated without the need to find the key code. If your key does not have a metal blade at all, and only uses a fob, then having an extra will do little more than prove ownership.

Can a locksmith make a new key without the original?

Yes, if you do not have your original key, there is no need to worry. Modern age car key replacement can be done without physically having the key that needs to be replaced. Once United Locksmith verifies your ownership of the vehicle, we can cut the key from code with your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

Can a locksmith program my transponder key?

Yes, any of our skilled team of auto locksmiths can program your new transponder key. The transponder chip will need to be blank in order for this process to work, but have no fear, because United Locksmith can take care of that. We make your car key replacement as painless as possible.

Can a locksmith program my key fob?

Yes! You will need a new device that has never been programmed. Once a fob has been programmed to a car, it cannot be reprogrammed. Our United Locksmith automotive technicians can acquire and program key fobs, and keyless entry devices. No matter what type of car key replacement you need, we are here to help.

Do I need to contact the dealership to get a new car key?

You certainly can, but if you want competitive pricing it is best to go with a locksmith. United Locksmith can purchase key blanks for any make or model of car available on the market today. We can program transponder keys, key fobs, keyless entry devices, and cut the keys themselves. Any of your car key replacement needs can be taken care of by your local United Locksmith.

Parts of a Key

Bow – This part of the key is where the thumb and index finger are placed to operate the key. The bow is often shaped as a circle or rectangle. Your key fob buttons may also be found on the bow if they are part of the same unit. If your bow has a plastic coating, then that is a good indication that it contains a transponder chip. When your key is simply a length of metal, there is no place to conceal the chip.

Bitting – The bitting of a key are the cuts that manipulate the internal mechanisms of the lock. They are also referred to as the ridges or teeth of the key. Depending on the type of lock, the bitting will be oriented differently. Most often there is a serrated type of bitting on both sides of the key. On newer cars there is a snake or worm type pattern on the sides of the key.

Wards – The wards on a key are what keeps it from fitting in different keyways. These are cut on the key that do not affect the internal components at all. It is just to keep Toyota key from fitting in a Mercedes lock. The warding requires you to purchase key blanks from the car manufacture.


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