What kind of different keys are there?
You probably don’t need to know what kind of key you have – mention your make, model, and year, and a locksmith can figure it out – but there are transponder chip keys, Vehicle Anti-Theft System, Passive Anti-Theft System, laser cut keys, push button start keys. If your car was made after the mid 1990s, odds are good that a hardware store won’t be able to duplicate your key. (A copy made at the hardware store will be able to open the locks but not start the car.) An auto locksmith can also replace broken or lost remote key fobs to go with your keys.
I lost my main car keys but have a spare. Should I get another set made?
Yes! Having just one set of car keys is tempting fate. Always have at least two sets of car keys in case of lockouts, lock-ins, and holes in your pocket. It’s stressful to be locked out, and choosing a locksmith when you’re in an emergency situation makes you more susceptible to scammers. If you’re down to one key, get some estimates for duplicating it now, before you need it. You’ll be glad you did.
What kind of info or documents do I need in order to get a new car key made?
Dealerships and locksmiths will generally ask for your make, model, and year, plus your vehicle identification number and registration. This is for your safety and prevents unauthorized car key duplication.
Pop-A-Lock Orlando is an experienced auto locksmith in Orlando. We have the equipment and training to replace sophisticated modern car keys quickly and affordably. If you have any questions about replacing or duplicating your car keys or would like a free, upfront estimate, give us a call today at 407-423-8200!
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