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If you need a car key programming a MLA approved locksmith who specialises in offering an Auto Locksmith Service will be able to help replace or repair any remote key fob if the car key’s remote is broken/damaged, provide a replacement remote fob or transponder key and even help with lost car keys.
Most auto locksmiths offer an emergency mobile roadside service if you need a car key programming or the remote key fob repaired urgently.
A auto locksmith who specialises in car key programming will be able to help with the following problems:
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Since 1995 vehicles are legally required to have an immobiliser system. To work this requires a transponder key with an electronic chip. The car only starts if the ignition receives the correct code when the key is turned.
Pre 1995 transponder car keys will not need programming but you will need to find a locksmith specialising in car key cutting and copying vehicle keys.
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Some auto locksmiths will have the ability to cut and programme a ‘cloned key’ in minutes. The vehicle itself may have to be present, to ‘read’ some wireless information from a key ‘working’ in the ignition.
Remote Car Key Fob programmed using diagnostic tool
Some keys cannot be ‘cloned’ and may need a diagnostic machine to complete the process.
Also, some vehicles MAY require a ‘login’ code or PIN before the programming software will allow the diagnostics-machine to access the vehicle.
In general NO, very few can be done without some vehicle diagnostics. The internet may say otherwise, but there are variations from country to country.
Some advancements have been made recently, where the key fob can be ‘cloned’ which is scary but is probably being developed for high-street key cutters, but it’s early days yet for full-coverage.
The price to program a car key to a vehicle all depends on your vehicle make, model and year, this makes a big difference to the cost. Some car keys to program can cost from £50 to over £200 for other vehicle models.
The price to program a car key is usually so high because the software used can cost over £20,000.
We recommend phoning an auto locksmith near you and giving them your vehicle year, make and model to get a quote.
In some cases YES, but it depends on the year/make/model. Some cars now have the transponder integrated into the circuit board of the remote-fob, these cannot usually be reused.
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The main difference between a transponder key and the remote key fob is how they operate:
The key fob for a transponder key also has an electronic chip inside which remotely responds to the ignition, without it, the engine will not start & a thief cannot disarm the alarm system.
A auto locksmith can cut, program/reprogram & provide replacement car keys for remote fobs and transponder keys for most vehicle manufacturers, if your car key is damaged then a locksmith should be able to repair & provide a replacement set.
Below are some of the most recognized models that auto locksmiths will be able to help with:
Don’t see your model of car be listed above? give an MLA auto locksmith a call to help you.
For emergency replacement key programming out of normal work hours then you will need a contact a 24-hour emergency locksmith.
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