Prius Smart Key
Losing your car keys can be a very vexing problem. If you have no idea who has got your keys, you might be worried sick about your car getting stolen. If it is beyond recovery, you’re probably searching around the internet on getting replacement car keys. If you tried calling local dealers and asked how much it would cost to have keys replaced, you might be shocked to find out that they’d ask for hundreds of dollars just for one key. This process may also be time and money-consuming as most dealers would ask you to get your car towed over so they can work on your vehicle. That would surely cost you more on top of the fees and taxes your dealer is asking for the replacement set.
Toyota Prius Replacement Key
If your car’s make and model is from the early nineties, chances are the replacement key your local automotive locksmith will cut for you wouldn’t cost much. But smart keys have a slightly more complicated replacement process and only specialized and licensed locksmiths have the training and expertise to reprogram your car’s computer to correspond with you new set of keys. With a Chicago locksmith, you have no need to worry about cost as the amount you’d be paying is roughly one-fourth of the amount your dealer is charging you for. So what are the things you should consider in having your lost Toyota Prius smart key replaced?
- Type of key. As previously stated, older models of Toyota Prius cars have standard key with no transponders embedded in them, so you can have your key cut and you’re good to go. Smart keys came with cars manufactured from mid-nineties. If you aren’t sure which one your key is, call your local dealer or an automotive locksmith and tell them about your car’s model and make to find out which one your key is.
- Proof of ownership. You would need your car’s registration or insurance and your VIN to establish proof of ownership as dealers and locksmiths will be asking for it before working on your car and keys.
- Price. Dealers will often overcharge you as most desperate Toyota Prius owners will pay whatever price they’re quoted, without knowing that there are more practical options out there. If you’re willing to spend between $250 to $500 dollars for a set to replace your lost Toyota Prius smart key then it’s the dealers for you. If you want to spend considerably less than that for the same quality set of keys, then a Chicago locksmith’s services may be what you’re looking for.
- Convenience. Having your car towed to the dealer and paying for it isn’t exactly convenient. Especially if you have to make time just to bring it to the dealership and to wait for an hour before you get your new keys. However, most locksmiths will be happy to do house calls and bring their equipment over to cut your keys and program your car’s computer to match your new set, and it wouldn’t even take long.
We also offer Automotive Locksmith Services for ignition related issues for Foreign and Domestic Cars.
- Auto Lockouts
- Car Ignition Repair
- Door Lock Repair
- Keys cut by VIN#