Many of us rely on our cars for everything –  from getting to work to running errands to picking up kids or friends. So, if you lose a key or break it off in your ignition, it can seem like a nightmare. And it can be especially stressful if you don’t have a spare key. If this happens to you, don’t panic! You might not realize this, but it’s possible for locksmiths to make a copy of your car key, even if you don’t have the original. 

What Kind of Replacement Key Will You Need?

If you find yourself in need of an extra car key, the first thing you need to do is determine what kind of key you’ll need.

If you own a car from 1981 or earlier, you may just need a simple key cut from a standard key block.

Newer-model cars have something called transponder keys, which include programmed chips as safety features. There’s more to duplicating a transponder key than cutting a new one. If you do cut a new one, it still wouldn’t turn on the car without the proper programming. Our locksmiths are trained to both cut and program a new transponder key for you.

A third kind of car key is a smart key. Smart keys act as a remote and are not like traditional keys at all. These resemble an attached key fob and do not require the traditional means of turning the ignition. Our technicians are trained in programming smart keys as well.

Not matter what kind of key your car has, we’ve got you covered!

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Don’t Have the Original Key?

If your original key is lost of broken, the good news is that you can still get a replacement!

Option 1 – Dealer

You could go to the dealer to get a replacement, but that tends to be very expensive. Especially if you need your vehicle to be towed to the dealership.

Option 2 – Locksmith

A more affordable option is to call an auto locksmith. In fact, many dealers utilize the services of outside locksmiths for replacement keys and many locksmiths can cut and program the exact same key for about 50% less cost than a dealership.

An experienced locksmith will be able to make a replacement key for you even if you do not have the original. When you contact a locksmith, you’ll need to give the company some information about the key, and then they will likely be able to help you replace it.

What Will Your Locksmith Will Need to Know?

First, you’ll need to know the year, make and model of your car. You’ll also be asked to prove ownership of the vehicle, so have your registration or title handy. Finally, the locksmith will need to know your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN). The VIN number can be found either on the driver’s side doorpost or stamped on a metal plate on the driver’s side dashboard.

If you have it, your key identification number (also known as a key code) can be super helpful information for the locksmith to have. It can usually be found in your car manual; however if you don’t have access to the information, it’s not a necessity.

If you think your keys have been stolen, let the locksmith know. If this is the case, he or she will need to reprogram your car in a way so that the old keys will no longer work.

Do You Need to Worry About a Tow?

No, our locksmiths come to you!

If you need an emergency locksmith to come meet you, make sure that you can provide the address or cross streets of your location. Our locksmiths use the newest technology to cut your new key and program your key or smart key on-site – no matter where you are or what type of vehicle you need help with. The services of a skilled professional also extend to keys for scooters, trucks, vans, caravans, and motorcycles.

The loss or damage of your only car key is a stressful situation. Pop-A-Lock Locksmiths can help you handle your emergency efficiently and safely. Our professionals are trained to handle nearly all car models, so you can be assured that your vehicle is in excellent hands. Rest assured, your key will be replaced and no damage will be done to your car in the process. If you need immediate help, Contact us today!