You might not realize it, but your car is something you depend on in many different ways. That’s why losing your car key or breaking the key off in the ignition can be a nightmare. Losing an extra set of keys isn’t always possible either- which means that if this happens to you, don’t panic! Believe it or not, there are actually places that will make copies of your original keys for you – without needing them at all!
What Kind of Replacement Key Do You Need?
If you find yourself in a position where you must have a car key made, your first step is to determine the kind of key that will be required. If you own an older car, such as one from 1981 or before, then all that may be needed is for it to simply be cut from a standard-sized key block.
Newer-model cars come with transponder keys. These include programmed chips for safety purposes, so even if the key was cut, it still wouldn’t be able to turn on your car without the proper programming. The third type of car key is a smart key; this resembles an attached remote and does not need traditional means of turning on the ignition.
Don’t Have the Original Key?
If your original key has been lost, you can still acquire a replacement. You may have the option of returning to the dealer to obtain a new one; however, this can be very expensive. An affordable alternative is enlisting an auto locksmith’s service for help with acquiring a replacement key. In fact, many dealers utilize outside locksmiths for replacements and most are able to cut and program keys at about half of what dealers charge!
An experienced locksmith will be able to make a replacement key for you even if you do not have the original. When you contact a locksmith, you will need to supply some information to the company before your key can be replaced.
What Will Your Locksmith Will Need to Know?
When you go to a locksmith, they will need to know the make and model of your car. You also need to prove ownership by having your registration or title for the vehicle handy. The VIN number is more commonly known as a vehicle identification number, and this is something that your locksmith needs in order to unlock it for you.
The VIN can usually be found either on the driver’s side door post or stamped onto a metal plate on the car dashboard. Your key identification number is also important information, and this can usually be found in your car manual; however, it may not always be required. Let your locksmith know if you believe that your keys have been stolen so that he or she will reprogram them to make them useless for thieves. If this happens, they will need to get into contact with you again so they can program yours and activate their own set of keys on a separate wireless frequency as well.
Do You Need to Worry About a Tow?
An emergency locksmith can be sent to you right away if you provide the address or cross streets of your location. We use the latest cutting-edge technology on-site, so we’ll have your new key cut and programmed as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter where in Calgary a skilled professional is needed- they always come prepared! They also aid with keys for scooters, trucks, vans or camper trailers; car keys and motorcycle keys alike are handled with care by our team of qualified professionals – call us today!
The loss or damage of your only car key is a stressful situation. ARALocksmith of Calgary can help you handle your emergency efficiently. Our professionals are trained to handle nearly all cars, so you can be confident that your vehicle is in excellent hands. Rest assured, we will replace the lost key and no harm will come to your vehicle during this process. There’s never a bad time for us; we work 24/7 and seven days every week!