What we need to know before replacement
First, we’ll need to know the year, make and model of your car. You’ll also be asked to prove ownership of the vehicle, so have your registration or title handy.
Finally, the locksmith will need to know your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN). The VIN number can be found either on the driver’s side doorpost or stamped on a metal plate on the driver’s side dashboard.
The latest software
Using the latest versions of software our skilled technicians can read vehicle pins to access the ecu and make a new key for you, wherever you are. For your peace of mind we can erase any old keys from the vehicles memory so no one can start your car with the old set.
The perfect replacement
Most modern cars use a remote car key that does more than just unlocks the door. It is like a tiny computer, sending information to the car to unlock or lock the doors, open the boot and even close the windows from a distance. Therefore, replacing these keys isn’t just about getting the right metal key section but about getting the entire key fob working correctly.
As well as the remote car key styles, we can also supply the non-remote style, also known as a copy key. These are the backup keys often kept somewhere safe in the event that the main key is lost or malfunctions. By having both, you can ensure you don’t need to panic if a key goes missing again in the future.
Why people choose us
Our service for lost car keys is designed to help you you get a replacement key as quickly as possible without any major issues or disruptions to your life. Speak to us for honest car key advice and a solution that guarantees to save time and money.
You can book us for non emergency spare car keys, or complete panic situations where you cant find your key and need a replacement fast.
No waiting for replacement car keys to arrive from the factory
No hidden costs or extortionate charges
No need to tow your car to a garage for programming.
What type of key do you have?
Traditional Car Key
The mechanical cut car key is the more traditional type of key. This is where a pattern is cut along one edge of the blade.
Mechanical cut automotive keys are made on a mechanical key cutting machine or die-punch – it’s the same technique a locksmith would use to make a new key for your front door, motor home, or home safe.
Transponder keys have been in use since 1994; a coded electronic transponder chip is embedded within the head of the key that is matched to the vehicle.
This unique code needs to be verified by the electronic control unit to enable starting.
Remote controls are supplied with nearly all new cars to lock and unlock doors as well as disable the alarm.
Commonly they use a radio transmitter to send a coded signal to a receiver on the car, however some do use infrared. For the most part these remotes are powered by batteries.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, it does not matter, if you’ve lost your only set of keys, an auto locksmith can provide you with a replacement and re-program the new car key to match your vehicle. The old key will be de-programmed to make it useless, in case it has been stolen.
If you do not have the original key, a locksmith will be to program a new key for your vehicle. Identification required – All that is required is your vehicle identification number found in your logbook V5C, and you may be asked for proof of identification.
With modern vehicles, there is no need to change the locks for your vehicle as we may be able to either reconfigure the existing locks or program out the lost keys.
This however is not true for older cars, in most cases you will have to have the locks themselves changed
Some insurers offer key cover as part of your car insurance policy for lost and stolen keys, although most only offer this as an additional add-on or upgrade to your policy not typically on a normal insurance plan.
You will find details if you can claim on your car insurance in the terms and conditions of your policy documents.
No matter what model you have, we can replace most manufacturers ranging from Ford, Peugeot, Mitsubishi, Honda, BMW, Volkswagen VW, MINI Cooper, Mercedes, Skoda, Fiat, Mazda, Citroen, Hyundai, Audi, Vauxhall etc…
If you have broken your vehicle key in your ignition or door lock, do not try to get it out by yourself. You can actually cause more damage to your ignition steering column or door. We have specialist tools to extract the key or take your ignition out to deal with the problem. We will then be able to make you a new key and programme it to your vehicle.
If you have accidentally locked your keys in your car or van, this is not a problem. Our team can retrieve keys locked in your vehicle, with no damage whatsoever. This is a specialist job performed by our skilled technicians.