20 Aug Transponder and Chip Key Programming
Transponder chips were introduced for car keys in the 1980s as an anti-theft measure and are standard on nearly all cars and trucks manufactured since the mid- to late 90s. They emit a small radio signal to the car’s ignition system that has to be recognized in order for it to work. Originally paired with standard keys, today many car manufacturers are using laser-cut keys for an added measure of security.
Duplicating for Function and Cut
Duplicating transponder keys can vary greatly in complexity and cost. It depends largely on how many functions the key performs and how it is cut. If the key has a standard-cut shank and the head only has an ignition lock transponder, you may be able have a new key cut and then program it yourself. Check your owner’s manual or search online to see if this is possible for your vehicle. Some full-service locksmiths and car dealerships can read the code from an existing key and program a new one for you.
Keep a Simple-Cut Spare
Many vehicles have the transponder key and the fob that controls the remote locks all-in-one unit. This adds to the cost of the key and can make it more difficult to get a spare anywhere but from a dealership. One way to guard against lock-outs is to have a spare key cut without programming the chip. It won’t start your car, but may open the door so you can retrieve the key you locked inside.
Replacement Key Vehicle Information and Proof of Ownership
If you lose your only key, you may need both vehicle information and proof of ownership in order to get a functioning replacement. Most of this information is available from your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and your car registration. Keeping copies of your registration and ID outside your vehicle can save time and trouble since registrations are typically kept in glove boxes and modern glove boxes and car doors are often operated with the very key you lost.
24-Hour Auto Locksmith Services
Lock problems seem to come at the worst possible times. When you need fast, affordable locksmith services, call Alexius Security at 303.974.0215.
Our mobile locksmith service answers every call 24/7 and responds promptly, arriving with all the tools and knowledge to get you going. We can repair and replace locks and keys for nearly all makes and models, including those with sophisticated locking and theft-prevention systems. And we do it for less than a car dealer would charge.
Our vehicle services include making and servicing high-security locks and keys, repairing broken locks, and even re-keying your vehicle’s locks if the need arises. We work on everything from cars and motorcycles to RVs, boats, aircraft and construction equipment. All of our services come with an upfront, honest price quote before the work is done.
Alexius Security Lock & Key, Denver’s Hometown Locksmiths, has served the Metro Denver area with honest, affordable locksmith services for over 16 years. Our staff is highly-trained, professional and courteous. Our business is bonded and insured and our products and services are guaranteed. That’s why we’ve received a Better Business Bureau Gold Star certification five years in a row and are part of Angie’s List and the Tom Martino Troubleshooter Network.
Our services go beyond simply working on locks. We can advise you about the best systems for your safety and convenience and recommend security measures for all of your property. Just give us a call at 303.617.3717 or use our online contact form for prompt, professional attention to all your security needs.