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.

What should I do if I’ve locked my keys in my car?

There are several options available for Gold Coast drivers who lock their keys in their car. Rather than panicking, call your local emergency locksmith to regain access to your vehicle. Modern electronic keys can be temperamental at times. If your transponder battery is going flat, sometimes you may be squeezing as hard as you can to remote open your vehicle, yet nothing is happening. If you’re in this predicament, phone our Gold Coast locksmith and say, “I’ve locked my keys in my car” and we’ll come to your rescue in rapid time.

Dealership and membership options

Car dealerships offer an “I locked my keys in my car” recovery service. This is based on the VIN (vehicle identity number) code, which every new vehicle will have. Look to your vehicle manual to find where the VIN is visible, because as a way of deterring criminals, the VIN can often be hidden from view. If your VIN is locked inside your bonnet, which you can only access from inside the car, it’s a good idea to take a photo of your VIN and keep it in your phone or writing it down and storing it at home.

If you’re locked out of your vehicle, look for locksmiths offering roadside rescue, with a lock-out services for drivers that operates 24/7. Modern locksmith equipment and training is tailored to working with chipped keys with immobilisers, and these can be reprogrammed at our workshop.

Local locksmith services

When you’ve realised “I locked my keys in my car”, it’s easy to become frustrated. However, rather than having a tantrum, take a deep breath and scroll through your phone to search for a local emergency locksmith. Or even better, keep our number handy in your Contacts, so if the unfortunate should happen, you’re already prepared.

Our technicians will need the VIN to reproduce a car key for you. Call our all-hours helpline on (07) 5601 1823 to sort out your sticky situation. Our established locksmith services at MLGC Locksmith Services will usually be able to help you regain access to your vehicle within an hour.