Car manufacturers around the globe have made transponder keys the new standard for opening, closing, and starting your vehicle. If you have ever had a vehicle with a transponder key before, you may have noticed that the fees for the key or the cost of having it copied are very expensive.
Why is that?
Are transponder keys really worth it?
There are a few things you should know about transponder keys and how they go the extra mile to keep your vehicle safe
What is a transponder key?
A transponder key is more than just a regular door key or ignition key. Transponder keys have microchips embedded in them. These microchips are designed to transmit a signal to the specific lock or the ignition they are created for.
Benefits of a transponder key vs. a regular key?
What are the benefits of transponder keys over regular ignition keys? Standard ignitions are far less sophisticated than digital vehicle systems that only respond to the true transponder key. Older cars and ones that don’t have transponder keys can be more easily broken into, hotwired, and stolen.
By using a key that is the only key (or type of key) recognized by your car, it makes it incredibly hard for thieves to steal your vehicle.
How to get copies of a transponder key
You may be in a situation where you have either lost a transponder key or had one stolen. Since these keys are physically and digitally crafted for specific vehicles, it can be difficult to find professionals to copy or replace your key.
We would recommend starting with the dealer or manufacturer that you got the care from. They may be able to give you insight into how you can get a new key or make copies of an existing one.
Get in touch with professional locksmiths who have experience working with transponder keys. They will be able to point you in the right direction and let you know what you need to do to either replicate or replace your transponder key.
Know that this advanced lock-and-key technology makes transponder keys more expensive than standard car keys. If you have more questions about getting your transponder key copied or replaced, get in contact with our locksmiths at 469 Locksmith today.