How Do Locksmiths Make Car Keys?

If you’ve lost your keys or been locked out of your vehicle, a quality Gold Coast locksmith can respond quickly to emergency calls to provide a replacement set of electronic car keys for your convenience. The model and make of the vehicle will affect exactly how long the locksmith service takes, however an experienced locksmith can cut a new remote fob or transponder then program the key within less than half-an-hour.

Advances in security technology have made it easier for vehicle owners to safeguard their cars, with modern transponders designed to make vehicles accessible only by their owners. Fortunately, as keys are one of the most commonly lost or misplaced items in Australian households, local locksmith services now have the capability to replace them.

In a bid to further increase security, car keys come with more complex features, combining traditional key cutting with computer chip programming, so you need to ensure your local locksmith offers these services.

Keys differ by manufacturer

Each vehicle manufacturer produces their own version of remote car keys. The vast majority of these today consist of metal and plastic combination ignition keys, which vary slightly by manufacturer. In essence, they all do the same thing, which is work in combination with ignition blocks to produce an encrypted signal to the vehicle’s controlling computer.

Locksmith services use a selection of blank keys, sorted by manufacturer. On each of these, they are able to program each vehicle’s unique VIN (vehicle identification number) code, which is kept on the key’s computer chip. Once successfully inserted into the ignition block, this number is recognised by the vehicle’s computer. The combination of correct type of key, plus each car’s VIN, is what allows locksmiths to replicate modern car keys.

High-end vehicle models

Some specific models of car by certain manufacturers do not allow this type of duplication or the fobs are prohibitively pricey to replace. In the case of very expensive vehicles and European luxury brands, the manufacturer insists on replacing lost keys themselves. In these cases, the dealership will have an arrangement whereby the owner can call a helpline number at any time. This lets manufacturers know exactly how many keys are in circulation for each individual vehicle.

For the vast majority of drivers, modern locksmith services can reproduce replacement car keys at short notice. An established Gold Coast company, such as MLGC Locksmith Services, has a 24/7 call-out service for emergency situations. So if you’re stuck on the outside of your car, wanting to gain entry, give our friend emergency locksmith team a call on (07) 5601 1823 today, and we’ll help you out of a jam.

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