Can I Get a New Car Key Made Without the Original?

August 12, 2021 10:07 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re the kind of person who forgets where they put their keys, you might find yourself in a situation where you need to get a new copy of your car key made, but don’t have an original to use as a template.

So, can you get a new car key without the original? While the process is a bit more complicated, it is indeed possible to do so.

Here’s an overview of what you should know.

Getting your replacement

Before you can get a replacement key made, you’ll need to determine the type of key you had. If you had an older vehicle made before 1981, a standard key block could very well be all you need. However, newer models have transponder keys with programmed chips. Even if you get the key cut to your needs, it would not turn on the car if it isn’t properly programmed.

There are also smart keys, which are remotes and not traditional keys. You do not turn the ignition with the key, but instead use the fob and a push button to start.

If you do not have the original key, you can still get a replacement. One option is to go to the dealership to get a replacement, but you should know that dealerships will often charge significantly more money than automotive locksmiths.

In fact, many dealerships actually use the services of these locksmiths themselves, so you’re better off going directly to the locksmith and skipping the dealer! These locksmiths cut and program car keys of all types for a significantly lower cost than what you would encounter at a dealership.

Your chosen auto locksmith will need some important information before they can cut you a new, functional key. First and most basic, they’ll need to know the year, make and model of your vehicle. You should also have registration or title for the vehicle to provide proof of ownership.

The vehicle identification number (VIN) can also be used to prove ownership and to assist in key creation. You can find this number on a metal plate in the driver’s side dashboard, or on the doorpost on the driver’s side.

If you believe your keys could have been stolen or lost in a public space, the auto locksmith will also be able to program your vehicle to no longer allow the old keys to work.

You should not have to tow your vehicle to the locksmith to obtain these services, so long as you choose the services of a mobile locksmith. You’ll just need to make sure you’re within the locksmith’s service range. There will likely be an extra fee for them to come out to your property, but this is almost always going to be worthwhile to avoid having to go to the trouble of getting your vehicle towed to a shop somewhere.

For more information about getting a new car key made when you cannot find the original, contact the automotive locksmiths at Toledo Lock & Key LLC today.

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