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What do you do if you lose your car keys? First, find the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) from your car’s dashboard, registration, or engine. Second, note the make, model, and year of your vehicle. Third, search 1800Unlocks.com for a certified locksmith near your to receive the fastest, most affordable car key replacement services available.

The more information you provide, the easier it is for a locksmith to originate keys, duplicate keys, or replace car keys using locksmith specific resources such as key codes, electronic key cutting machines, and electronic programming equipment. Making keys by code is a craft locksmiths have perfected and take pride in performing for their neighborhood customers. And they provide this service with equal expertise in their shops or at your location via emergency mobile locksmith service. Automotive locksmiths can make standard metal car keys, transponder keys, high security car keys, and remote headed keys.

Key Making By Impressioning

Our locksmiths also have the expertise to impression keys for your older automobile locks. Key impressioning, or originating, can be done by providing the locksmith with the lock or by having the locksmith come to you. The locksmith will find the correct key blank for your lock then clamp it in a pair of pliers. From there, the key needs to be shaped by filing it to have a more knife like edge along the key blade. Then, the locksmith will gently insert the key into the lock and wiggle or rotate the key in the cylinder and then remove the key. The locksmith is looking for little etchings or marks on the key blade left by locks wafers or pins. These etchings are called impressions. Once an impression is identified, the lock smith can file the key down to simulate a cut. This procedure is repeated over and over very carefully and painstakingly until the key is able to turn in the lock. Once a rough key is made, we can decode the cuts to re-make the key on a key machine and then make as many duplicate car keys as you need.

When you need to make a car key in a hurry, and at a low cost, never resort to a dealer or uncertified locksmith to do the job. Locksmiths registered with 1800Unlocks.com are without a doubt the best option for key duplication and key origination services.

Car Key Replacement

Car key replacement is our specialty. While replacing car keys is not a science it is a skill and required a lot of training and research. Newer card use transponder keys, AKA computer chipped keys. The chip in the key talks to the cars on board computer. If that chip is not programmed correctly, the car will not turn on. Before that even happens the key must be cut correctly to turn in the cylinder. Determining the right key cuts is no easy task. However, locksmiths have resources to research where the car key codes are within the car or what they are based on manufacturers information. Real locksmiths must be part of NASTF in order to be authorized to pull key codes legitimately. In fact, programming the keys required special computer equipment that talks to the cars computer to convert pin codes to successfully add duplicate keys. Pricing does depend on your car type, how many keys you currently have, and the type of key needed.