For decades, if you locked your keys in the car, you could use some patience and often get it open you, but that is not the case anymore. In fact, trying to use such a device on many modern cars will damage or destroy the locking mechanism. Today’s cars use transponder keys, which give you a double layer of protection against car thieves. The below is that it’s a bit more complicated to get replacement keys than it used to be.
Today, an Automotive locksmith Vancouver has to cut the key so that it is mechanically correct, and program it so that it electronically synchronizes with a receiver inside the car before the key can be used to start the engine. Car locking and the ignition systems are made this way so that a thief would have to not only overwhelm the physical lock but also have the equipment needed to overcome the electronic locking system in the ignition to steal the car.
If you’ve been told by your car dealer that you have to call them if you need replacement car keys, it’s not true in the vast majority of cases. They’ll do it, but they’ll charge you somewhere some few dollars for the service, and they may not be capable of doing it right away. A qualified Vancouver area locksmith can do the same job, usually quicker, and at a cost, that’s only a fraction of what car dealers usually charge.
When you lose your car keys and call a Vancouver locksmith, he’ll have a two-part job to get you rolling again. You need a key cut so that it is mechanically correct and will fit in the door locks and the ignition. If you know your key code, the locksmith can use this to program the key cutting equipment. But even if neither of these work, a qualified Vancouver local locksmith can decode the keys on the spot and get to work.
Once the mechanical key is cut and you can get into your car, the key has to be programmed so that it synchronizes with your car’s computer, letting it know that you have a valid key for starting the vehicle. Your Vancouver locksmith will have the hardware and software necessary to program the key properly. Once the key is cut and programmed, you can be on your way.
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