If you need to replace lost home or car keys, the procedure is quite a bit different than it was 20 or 30 years ago. In the past, you may have had to break down the door of your home. With a car, you may have to break the window. However, today’s cars have security features built into the key and ignition to help prevent theft. While car dealers may say that you should call them for replacement keys, you should be aware that it will be very expensive, and may not happen as quickly as you need. Replacing car keys is a high-profit margin service that car dealers want you to think only they can do.
Today’s automobile locksmiths are right on top of the technology in today’s cars and can replace your keys for a fraction of the cost and usually much quicker too. For example, many Chevrolets use their proprietary Pass Lock theft deterrent system. The way it works is that a sensor in the ignition cylinder “reads” a microchip on the key, makes sure the key is a match for the car, and if so, allows the car to start. If the microchip is damaged or … Read More