Car keys are important and losing them can spell trouble especially for people who need their ride. More often than not a car owner has a spare; however, if that is also lost or misplaced, then getting a replacement is the best option. Needless to say, getting a replacement key from your auto dealer can be very costly and time-consuming. Knowing the type of car key that one has though can cut the cost of replacing it.
Car Key Types
Car keys come in different types, but are divided into three main types. The old styles are the traditional metal keys that old car are installed with. The new car models have ones that are equipped with a chip which sends out a code to the car's computer to start it. The latest models are the ones that are called electronic car keys or fobs and control the car's ignition and doors.
Replacing Car Keys
Replacing lost keys by requesting from the auto dealer can be an expensive option and one would have to wait for several days in order for the car keys to be delivered. The keys will also need to be programmed so that it would be compatible with the car's computer.
For those who have an older car model that have metal keys, they can call their local locksmith to make a replacement for them. More often than not locksmiths have master keys which they can make to help car owners. On the other hand, smart key car owners might find it difficult to have their replacement keys as these key types would require programming the car as well as the key to start the vehicle. There are some locksmiths that do offer replacement key services; however they are rare as it would require one to specialize and have the right tools or equipment to program the key and the vehicle's computer.
Cost of Replacement
Replacing one's keys can be expensive. However, before contacting your auto-dealer, it is best to contact first your local locksmith to inquire if they perform such service. Cost for replacement from dealers can be twice or thrice the amount your locksmith will charge you for a replacement. Another benefit to consider is that you can get your new keys in matter of few hours or days which can be longer if one would order these from the dealer. Some locksmiths may also be authorized or have car codes which would make it easier for one to purchase a fob replacement without having to go to their dealer for it.