When your car key is lost or not working, you will find that car dealerships charge a small fortune for car key programming. The fancier the car, the bigger the price tag. Did you know that a qualified, licensed locksmith can reprogram your car keys for a fraction of the price? That’s right. They can handle everything from cloneable keys to a flip key, insert key, non transponder key, remote head key, smart key to a vats key and much more.
Next time you need car key programming services for your car, this is what you need to do:
1. Write Down All the Details
You will need to find your car’s VIN number, which is usually on the dashboard on the driver’s side. You should be able to see it through the window. However, it could also be in the rear wheel well, in the door jam or trunk, or between the windshield washer and carburettor, or on the front of the engine block. If you don’t know where to find it, you may look it up online, or call your dealer.
Also write down the make, model and year of your car, as this is crucial to creating remote head keys for your car.
2. Find a Dealership
You can always rely on your dealership to provide you with a flip key or remote head key if yours is lost. If your key is broken, they can replace the battery or fix the remote pad. However, the problem is that you can’t find all the dealerships nearby, which means that you have to get to your Acura, BMW, Cadillac, Dodge, Eagle, FIAT, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar or Lincoln dealer that may be located in the next city. But you need help now.
3. Speak to a Local Locksmith
Your local locksmith can make you a new key using professional cloning equipment. Handling emergencies all over town, they have mobile units that are fully equipped to test keys, and they use remote testers to see if you need a new battery or transponder chip. The best auto locksmiths handle all the different car brands, including Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Mazda, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Saab, Toyota, Volkswagen and much more.
Your locksmith will be able to make you a replacement fobik or remote head key and reprogram a replacement key to your car. To be sure that everything works when the new key is programmed, bring along any other keys related to your vehicle.
Sometimes, repairing your car’s electrical systems, or replacing the battery can cause your flip key to stop working. Here’s what you can do:
1. Reset All Your Keys
You can easily reset your keys according to the instructions in the owner’s manual, which you should have handy. If you don’t have one, you can access one online. Most companies, including Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Eagle, Ford, GM, GMC, Hummer, Hyundai, Isuzu, Jaguar, Jeep, JMA, KIA, Landrover, Mercedes, Mercury, Mini, Porsche, Saturn, Subaru, Toyota and Volvo will provide you with a copy of the owner’s manual.
2. Replace the Battery on Your Key Fob
You can generally buy a cheap battery for a key fob online, but if you’re in a bind, you can always get in touch with a locksmith who handles all car brands and models.
Sometimes, finding a fix for a dead battery is as simple as reprogramming the key. Locksmiths who handle key reprogramming have key codes for all the brands and models, including Pontiac, Scion, Smart Car, and Sony.