Automotive Locksmith: All about replacement car keysPosted: October 26, 2011 Filed under: Automotive Lock, Keys, Locksmith | Tags: boulder locksmith, broken car key, chip key, classic car key, colorado locksmith, denver locksmith, key, locksmith arvada, locksmith boulder, locksmith broomfield, locksmith denver, locksmith erie, locksmith in boulder, locksmith westminster, lost key, motorcycle key, program car remote, replacement car key, transponder key, VATS key Leave a comment
Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Security Group ph. 303-424-4942
Classic Car Keys: Classic Car Keys are keys made by locksmiths from the 1940’s to the 1980’s. Most professional locksmiths can make a key for the car by impressioning the ignition or by reading the ignition. We can also make a working key from a broken or worn key. Many of these keys are available; just contact us if you need a key.
Motorcycle Keys: Most lost motorcycle keys can be made by a quality locksmith. We can use the ignition method mentioned above as well as reading the ignition and other methods. If you have a lost or broken key for your motorcycle please give us a call! Examples are Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki motorcycles.
Modern Car Keys: Many modern car keys from the 1980’s until 2000 can be made fairly easy by a top-notch locksmith. These key blanks are readily available, and can be made to replace lost or broken car keys for many foreign and domestic models. Some vehicles from this time period have a separate key for the door locks, trunk, and glove box. We can help you with your replacement key!
Transponder Keys: This encompasses transponder keys, chip keys and VATS keys. These keys require a special programming device so that they will work with your specific vehicle. Not every locksmith can replace these keys due to the expensive equipment. We can program keys, copy keys, or originate keys. Keys can also be made to just unlock doors. Also, we can make a working key from a broken or worn key. Just call us for prices!
Factory Remote Programming: Replacement remotes can be programmed and replaced. We can special order many brands and makes of remote or we can program the remote you have already. Contact us for help with remote programming. We can help with many makes including Ford, Chevrolet, GM, Chrysler, and many foreign/imports.
If you have further questions about replacement car keys please contact:
Rocky Mountain Security Group
For emergency service call 720-663-7674
We serve Denver, Boulder and most of the Rocky Mountain Front Range.
Replacing Lost Car KeysPosted: March 9, 2011 Filed under: Automotive Lock, Keys, Locksmith | Tags: boulder locksmith, car keys, colorado locksmith, denver locksmith, key, locked out, locksmith, transponder key Leave a comment
Almost everyone has locked their keys in their car and either fished them out with a hanger… or called a locksmith.
But have you ever lost EVERY key? Including your spare car key?
Replacing a lost set of car keys can be easy and affordable in most situations. Usually a competent locksmith or dealer can originate a new key. Your mechanic can sometimes replace the ignition if you still have the door key. On the other hand, some of the high security car keys can be more difficult to replace.
Newer makes of cars use two technologies to increase security for your car. Firstly they use a transponder-headed key. Transponders are small chips that are programmed with information that matches other information in your car’s computer. When you start the car with the correct key the computer recognizes the information, authenticating your valid key and starts the vehicle. A non-programmed key or incorrect transponder will not allow the vehicle to start even if the cuts on the key match your original key.
Secondly, many new makes and luxury cars use high security keys. These high security car keys require special equipment to duplicate, and are very difficult for the locksmith to pick. They are different-looking than a regular car or house key. These keys are expensive to replace if you lose the original. See the “Sidewinder Key” pictured here.
Well, what do you do if you lose your high security car key or transponder key and have no spare?
Search online or in your yellow pages for an Automotive Locksmith. Locksmiths specialize in different areas of their industry and automotive is one area that is expensive for them and requires training classes to master. It also requires special machinery and expensive blank keys. It is important to note that an automotive locksmith specialist DOES NOT JUST OPEN LOCKED CARS. Skilled automotive locksmiths actually are specialists in originating keys and programming transponder equipment.
Your automotive locksmith will ask you many questions about your vehicle including the make, model, year and VIN number. This is perfectly normal as many makes and years use different keys and transponders. Sometimes a 2008 car will actually be a 2009 if you look at the VIN. The locksmith will then come to your location and originate a key. This may take a few hours, but is much faster than having your vehicle towed to the dealer and waiting 1-2 business days for them to do the same procedure.
When the locksmith is finished with the work, it makes sense to test your new key on the trunk, doors and ignition. If the key is working poorly, this is the time to have the locksmith address the issue before you pay and he leaves to go to the next job. Once you are happy with the keys (make a spare this time!) pay your locksmith. Sometimes your roadside assistance or car insurance will cover some or all of the fee. Call your agent to verify your coverage.
In closing, duplicating a car key for a spare can sometimes be an expense… but having to originate a car key from scratch can be very expensive and takes some time. Inconveniences like lost keys seem to happen when we are in a hurry, and replacing them takes time and does the locksmith know what he’s doing anyway? Find a locksmith before you need one and verify his competence with referrals and business references.
It really pays to have a spare car key!
Here are some quick tips on auto keys and locks:
- Never shoot graphite into your ignition! Mechanics and locksmiths lubricate the dissembled ignition with a special lubricant; graphite will help temporarily but will cause more problems in a short time.
- Frozen door locks can be fixed with a blow dryer, hot water, or heated key. If you heat your key, use pliers to hold the key!
- Look for a locksmith BEFORE you actually need one. Search diligently for a reliable locksmith with a business license and referrals. Then, put their number in your cell phone or pocket book. Don’t call random locksmiths when you really need one; you may be charged unfairly by bad business people preying on your desperation.
- Keep a spare car key at work, home or even in your purse or wallet. A spare car key does not have to be a transponder to work the door and trunk. A regular key will get you into the car to recover your actual transponder key for the ignition.
- Poorly duplicated car keys can ruin your ignition. Make sure your key copy works smoothly and without undue force.
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