Lost Car Keys
Have you lost your Car keys? Doubt you will ever get them back? How much should you expect to pay for replacement car keys? Where do you go for reasonably-priced set of keys? Do you have to program your keys? If so, will your keys turn in the ignition? We have the answers to your questions regarding your lost Car keys.
What are the type of keys I should know about?
There are actually two types. The standard key or straightforward key which pre-1995 Car owners use can be replaced quick and easy; The other one is the electronic key or commonly called the transponder key which is programmed diagnostically to correspond with your car’s ECU (Engine Control Unit). The difference between two keys being, the latter is sophisticated and is recognized by your vehicle’s computer and is an anti-theft device. When your car does not recognize your own key, it will cut off the fuel supply from the engine and the car won’t start. This is commonly called the “Immobilizer System”.
When do I need to have my keys replaced?
When you are absolutely sure they are beyond recovery, or when you do not know who’s got them. If you think you might find them though, tell the automotive locksmith replacing your keys. You have an option to have your lost Car keys erased from the memory of your car’s ECU, or retained. Most would advise you to have it wiped out to prevent unauthorized persons from accessing your car.
How much should I expect to pay for replacement car keys?
Your local dealership could charge you as much as $300 for one key. You’d also have to hire towing services to have your car brought to them so they can replace your keys. That could cost as much as $500 total.
Isn’t there another way? Where can I go for reasonably priced keys?
The exorbitant amount you’d be spending at the dealership could be significantly reduced however, if you decide to hire a Chicago locksmith. For one, you wouldn’t need to hire a towing service as these dedicated locksmiths are trained to work roadside – which simply means that wherever you are, they’ll come to you and replace your keys there and then. They won’t even charge you as much as your local car dealer. You’ll get the same quality in every key, minus all the cost and fuss of having it done at the dealer.
Do I have to program my keys? I’ve heard replacement keys won’t turn in the ignition.
When you hire a Chicago locksmith, there won’t be a need for you to program your keys as these experts will do that for you. They’ll program your car’s computer to recognize your new set of keys. When your replacement key has been diagnostically paired with your vehicle, it will recognize your new key and your car will start. Automotive locksmiths have been trained for this and they’ll be most helpful in having your lost Car keys replaced at a minimum cost.