Lost Car Keys (Programming a Car Key)
Have you ever lost your car keys? The answer is likely yes. This is a common story that happens to just about everyone at least once or twice. This is a major inconvenience. In the past, it would be relatively easy to have copies of your key made. However, times have changed, and many of the vehicles on the market today have keys that come with the ability to lock and unlock the doors, arm and disarm the alarm, and even start the vehicles in some cases. If the key itself does not have this capability, it is likely that there is a fob that is attached to your keys that takes care of these actions.
Do You Need a Transponder?
Many vehicles today have a transponder chip located within the plastic housing around the key. The majority of keys to cars built after 1995 contain transponder chips. If you have a transponder for the vehicle, and it is missing, you can often still open up the car doors and the trunk if you have had a key made from a blank. However, you will not be able to start the vehicle. Naturally, this is a problem. If your vehicle requires a transponder to start, and it has been lost, you will need to make sure you are working with a locksmith who can provide you with a new one. Fineline Locksmithing can program the transponder to make sure it will work with your vehicle.
Is It Possible to Program a Key on Your Own?
One of the common questions people have regrading their keys is whether they can take care of the programming on their own. While a DIY attitude is helpful in many cases, this is one area that tends to be best left to the professionals. In many cases, you will need to have two working keys in your possession before you can program a third key because you can’t use one programmed key twice. Programming can be confusing and frustrating if you were to try it on your own. The professionals can take care of it in a fraction of the time, and they can make sure that it works.
Find a Locksmith to Offer Onsite Services at Your Location
When you are looking for a locksmith, you need to make sure that the company you choose has locksmiths who will be able to meet you at your location, wherever in Edmonton that might be. You might need to have the locksmith come to your workplace, or to your home, for example. You might also need them to come to a store parking lot if you have misplaced your keys while you were in a store, or if you have locked them inside of your vehicle. Fineline Locksmithing is a mobile locksmith that will come to you anywhere in Edmonton or one of the surrounding cities, like Spruce Grove.
Make Sure the Locksmith Can Work With Your Type of Vehicle
One of the other elements to consider when you are choosing a locksmith for your vehicle’s missing keys is to make sure they can provide services for your type of vehicle. Even though most locksmiths are going to be able to unlock a vehicle for you regardless of the make and model, providing extra keys and programming can be a different matter entirely. You will want to make sure that you double check with the locksmith about your vehicle make and model before they come out to your place.
Consider Getting an Extra Key
Even though you might promise yourself that you will never let your keys out of site again, you can’t be sure it won’t happen again. One of the best ways to make sure you do not have to make a call to the locksmith again is to have the locksmith provide you with an extra key before it happens. Locksmiths can provide you with new extra keys, including those with transponder chips that need programming.
Even if you choose to buy the key or the fob online, you are going to need to have it programmed before it will work with your vehicle. Find a locksmith who can take care of this for your vehicle.
If you have lost keys or you need help programming a car key for your vehicle, get in touch with a professional locksmith who can provide you with the help you need.