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Car Key Programming

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If your car or van key is not working for an unknown reason or because it is damaged, you may need to have a specialist locksmith reprogram your key. 

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  • All the latest technology and equipment to reprogram any type of car or van key

  • Affordable costs & quick car key reprogramming and fixing services

Types of vehicle keys that need reprogramming

Transponder key 

The majority of cars that were made post-1995 come with a transponder key that provides more security than a standard key or remote key. This type of vehicle key comes with a transponder chip inside - if you do not have this, the engine won’t start and the alarm cannot be disabled.

Remote key

Remote vehicle keys can be used for both cars and vans, and it does exactly what it says on the tin - it lets you open and lock the vehicle from a distance (via an electronic chip), without having to enter a key into the door lock. Our locksmiths specialise in remote car key fob replacement.

Flip key

This type of key is common with vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen and is otherwise known as a switch-blade key. The metal key can fold into the plastic key fob by simply pushing it in - to flip the key back out of the plastic, you simply need to press the small button and it will release.

Car key programming - How can our approved locksmiths help you?

At Key Assist, we have specialist, highly-trained and experienced auto locksmiths located all across the UK who have the knowledge and latest equipment to help with any type of broken vehicle key or lock.

If your key is damaged or broken, it may need to be reprogrammed or you may even need a new key to be made, which will also need programming to your specific vehicle.

As well as being able to help you with this, our car key programming specialists will also be able to help you with the following problems and services:

  • Repair damaged or faulty car key fobs or transponder keys
  • Fix the transponder chip inside the car key
  • Make a replacement car key if your existing one is broken
  • Provide you with a spare transponder key if you require one
  • Make and reprogram a brand-new new key if yours has been stolen or is lost

One of the cheapest ways to get a key reprogrammed or to get a replacement key for your vehicle is to contact a specialist locksmith rather than a car dealership or garage. Our locksmiths specialist in all sorts of lock and key problems, so they’ll be able to tell what the issue is straight away and have all the right tools at hand to get it sorted as soon as possible.

Note: If your car key was made before 1995, it may not be able to be reprogrammed. However, our locksmiths will still be able to help as they also specialist in cutting car keys as well as copying older types of keys.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. If you try searching for ways to do this yourself on Google, there is likely to be a number of sites that will suggest how to do this, but at Key Assist, we highly advise that you do not attempt to do this yourself.

By trying to fix your car key yourself, you may end up causing more damage, which will end up costing you more money. 

To get your key programmed, you will need an auto specialist who can use vehicle diagnostics to determine the exact issue and who has all the right tools and devices to do the job successfully.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today - we’ll find an approved locksmith near you who can help as soon as possible!

Trained and experienced auto locksmiths should be able to programme a key in a matter of minutes. If they need to cut a new key to reprogramme then this shouldn’t take much longer either.

Generally, your car or van will also need to be near the locksmith when working on your key so that it can get the relevant information from it.

Of course, depending on the situation and the type of vehicle you have, it may take longer than just a few minutes. Some keys may not be able to be copied and programmed, so the locksmith will need to use a diagnostic machine to rectify the problem.

Certain vehicles might also need a PIN number or code for the programming software to enable the diagnostic machine to gain access to the car or van.

The price of reprogramming a key can differ significantly depending on the make of your vehicle, the specific model and year it was manufactured.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the technology needed to program a car key can be really expensive, so this will, of course, be factored into the cost.

To get a quote from a local auto locksmith and car reprogramming specialist near you, contact us now!