First a little background. Around 1995, vehicle manufacturers began making transponder or chip keys as a way to prevent theft. Chip keys have a microchip in them which is programmed with a unique serial number. When used to unlock or start a vehicle, chip car keys send a request to a receiver located in the car. If the receiver recognizes the serial number coming from the chip key, the car’s computer will deactivate the engine immobilizer and you will be able to start and operate your vehicle.
As an extra security measure, transponder keys are programmed differently for each vehicle make and model. And, you guessed it. The cost of a chip key varies too. You’re not going to pay the same price for a Honda chip key as you will for a BMW replacement transponder key. The cost varies from $30 to upwards of $500! (It could be much more if you lost your only key.)
Know this. Dealerships charge the most for duplicate computer chip keys, we hear auto mechanics referring customers to them time and again. Consumers are also led to believe this is their only option. It isn’t. American Eagle Locksmith in Fletcher, NC, is having a transponder key sale – transponder keys cost 50% less than at the dealership, and for a limited time, you can save 10% more.
Why do I need a duplicate car key?
If you lose the keys to your car and you don’t have the original key codes, getting replacement transponder keys from the dealership could cost you upwards of $1,000 (depending on your vehicle make and model).
Thanks to advanced technology like laser-cut keys, switchblade keys, and smart keys, replacing a lost key now is an even greater inconvenience. Without a spare key, the dealership will need to tow your vehicle to their location, and then you’ll have to wait until they obtain and program the replacement transponder key. Trust me. It’s much easier and economical to have a duplicate car key made right away than to deal with having chip keys made in an emergency.
When I bought a used Nissan Maxima, I got a regular key and a remote key. The plastic was broken, so I couldn’t put it on a key chain, so I went to the local Nissan dealership for a duplicate key. I decided to pass. Went to American Eagle Locksmith and saved about $70 on the same, exact chip key.
Replacement Transponder (Computer Chip) Keys have secret codes, and must be programmed.
If you would like to have a duplicate chip car key made or are in need of replacement keys, you can save yourself a lot of aggravation, time and money by going to a reputable, knowledgeable, and licensed locksmith. Without a transponder key, you’ll need to provide your locksmith the VIN number, year, make, and model of your vehicle. If you’re having a duplicate car key made, bring the original with you. Once the locksmith has all the necessary information, they will be able to program any replacement transponder keys you need.
Be Careful: Anyone can buy equipment to cut and program keys.
If you live in the Asheville-Hendersonville area, our seasoned pros at American Eagle Locksmith are here to help. We’ve got the sophisticated equipment needed to cut and program transponder keys for Ford, Honda, Nissan, Lexus, BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Toyota, just to name a few. Safes, locks, keys, and security is all we do!