If you’ve ever lost your car keys, then you know it isn’t cheap to get a new key made – especially if you want a key with buttons on it (a “remote head key,” in locksmith lingo). Perhaps you’ve thought about trying to cut costs by purchasing the key yourself online. Seems like a good deal, right? Google your car’s make and model, order a key far below what the dealership charges, then pay a locksmith to cut and program the key. Most locksmiths and dealers advise against purchasing a car key online. And it’s not because they’re worried about their own sales. Did you know that there can be multiple keys for a single vehicle year, make and model.

How do you know you’re purchasing the correct key? Locksmiths have additional information about keys and vehicles that help them match the right key with each car. And when they aren’t sure, they have access to industry resources. If you find the correct key, are you buying from a reputable dealer? Do you know whether you’re getting a brand new key or a refurbished item? Can the seller guarantee the key will work? And if so, do you believe him? Professional auto locksmiths and car dealers have established relationships with companies that sell car keys. We know that the product we are purchasing is a quality product. And if there’s something wrong with the key, we can get a quick exchange for a working key without any hassle.

While it might seem like a great deal to order your replacement or spare car keys online, it could end up costing you more money.

If you need new keys for your car, give Pop-A-Lock of Greater Rochester a call!