How Long Does It Take a Dealership to Provide New Keys?

What would it be like to be without your car for 2 to 3 weeks? Chances are, your life would be far more difficult. You’ll either have to get a rental, which will cost hundreds of dollars, or you’ll have to start navigating public transportation–which may or may not be feasible for you.

But that’s exactly what will happen if you lose a transponder key and attempt to get help from your car dealership. They’ll want to sell you on replacing an entire computer system, instead of a simple key. This process is not fast, which means you’ll be living without your vehicle for weeks.

Plus, computer replacement is expensive. A full ECM replacement really does take up to three weeks. Who needs that?

How long does it take a qualified locksmith to replace keys?

We can usually take care of this problem very quickly by using the “reflashing” technique. We simply reprogram the existing computer and teach it to accept new keys.

We then hand over your new key set so you can get back on the road. It’s simple, it’s fast, and it is far, far less expensive. Reflashing costs a couple of hundred dollars, whereas computer replacements cost a couple of thousand.

Why don’t dealerships just reflash car keys?

Well, we don’t want to be cynical here, but…it’s all about the money.

First, dealerships aren’t really in the business of locksmithing to begin with, so they don’t want to buy reflashing equipment. Second, their reasoning is this: why wouldn’t they want to get that extra couple of thousand dollars for replacing your computer? From their perspective, the loss of your car keys comes as something of a windfall.

Don’t go through this hassle and expense.

Contact Omega Locksmith today. We’ll dispatch one of our trained locksmiths to you at any time, day or night. We’ll get you back on the road in no time.