If you have a vehicle that was manufactured in the last few years, you likely have some type of electric entry system. All but gone are the days when a single key opened your car door, a key that could generally be replaced for just a few dollars. Today's sophisticated entry systems are much more secure, but they are also much more difficult to replace should you lose or break the key components. Here are some steps to replacing your smart keys or car remote:
1. Get your VIN number. The first thing you need to do to get a replacement for your smart key or car remote is to find the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN.) This number is the unique identifier for your car, van or truck. You can find it on your title, your registration form or on a small metal strip just above the dash under the windshield on the driver's side. This number will tell the locksmith or dealer the make, year and model of your vehicle as well as the type of entry system it uses.
2. Find a good automotive locksmith. Unlike traditional car keys, you can't just walk into a hardware store and get a replacement for your smart key or car remote. You'll need to talk with a car dealer or automotive locksmith. Usually a locksmith will offer more attractive pricing. Unless it's an emergency situation (for which you'll pay extra), it usually takes a few days to get your new entry device. It's not like standing in line at the hardware store.
3. Check your warranty and your insurance. Although replacing your keyless entry device can sometimes be expensive, some new car warranties cover the replacement cost, especially for higher-end vehicles. If it's not covered under your warranty, you might be able to get reimbursed under your automobile insurance if your device was stolen or if it was damaged when your car was vandalized.
4. Don't ignore the Internet. If you don't need your device right away, you can often find a bargain by ordering the unprogrammed master key from an Internet retailer, advises "Consumer Reports" magazine. When you get your device in the mail, an automotive locksmith can program it to work with your vehicle.
Losing your keyless entry device or having it stolen can be frustrating, but it's not an insurmountable problem. A good automotive locksmith can replace your device easily and without breaking your budget. All you need is your VIN number, a good locksmith and a little patience. If you're looking for a locksmith in your area, visit A-Okay Lock & Key Inc.Share
24 February 2015
If you find yourself locked out of your car or home, or if you need to rekey either of these things, a locksmith can assist you. Unfortunately, many people are in such a hurry to get back into their homes or cars that they do a quick search and hire the first company they come across. I created this website because when it comes to hiring and using a locksmith, you need to make sure you are using a reputable company. I want people to know what to look for in a trusted company, how to find one and ultimately, how to stay safe when waiting on a locksmith and when using one. I hope my site provides you with information that you find useful.