Car Key Replacement

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Car Key Replacement

Car key technology has grown significantly from the 90s on forward with the introduction of transponder chips. The transponder chip exists within most car keys dating back to the late 90s, and must be programmed into the cars memory in order to start. MJB Lock Services is an automotive focused business. We maintain the skill and equipment required to produce most car key replacements roadside. We are dedicated to getting you up and running despite the current challenges with car keys and remotes.

Supported Domestic

  • Ford, Lincoln Mercury
  • Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Plymouth
  • Buick, GMC, Chevrolet, Pontiac, more…

We stock standard, remote, and high security keys for nearly every domestic car on the road!

Supported Foreign

  • Honda and Acura
  • Toyota
  • Audi and Volkswagen
  • BMW
  • Mazda
  • Nissan and Infinity
  • Moreā€¦

We stock many push to start and nearly all standard transponder keys and remotes for foreign vehicles.

How We do it

The process for originating a new car key comes down to acquiring the cuts, cutting the key, and programming.

  • Acquiring Cuts (shape of your key)
    • Lishi Pick and Decode
    • Ignition Picking
    • VIN to Code
    • Disassemble and Decode
  • Cutting the Key
    • Standard Security Keys
    • High Security Keys
  • Programming
    • Transponder Chip
    • Remote

Car Key Replacement Cost

The cost of a replacement or duplicate car key can range from $80.00 – $800.00 with the most common cost being around $200.00. The cost varies greatly depending on make, model, year, and location.

Standard Keys Cut

Most autos on the road use a standard cut key. These keys will look like a house key but cut on both sides. The same cutting wheel is used to cut both standard car keys and house keys. Most standard keys do contain a transponder chip. The only key pictured here that does not contain a transponder key is the left one.

Standard Ford Keys

High Security Keys Cut

High security keys also have transponder chips. These keys are cut with what is best described as a mini-milling machine. Cutting these keys requires a separate key cutter, so many locksmiths are unable to cut these.

High Security Key Cutter

Programming Transponder Keys

Most transponder chips can be programmed using the tool pictured here. In general, the keys transponder chip must be added to the car using a key programmer. With some cars (BMW for example) you must extract the key information from the car. Then clone that information onto the chip.

Transponder Key Programmer

Car Key Replacement Reviews

They came out exactly on time today and made us 2 keys for our car. They programmed them, were quick, courteous and answered any questions we had. They even jumped our car for us when the battery had drained! What awesome service! We would definitely recommend them to anyone!!!

Debra B

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Lost both sets of car keys for my Acura recently! These gents answered my call, truly listened, and responded to my location promptly. They cut me new keys, programmed them correctly, and I was back up and running in no time!

Woody Myler

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I called these guys and they had the best quote for a key to be made. They came out in a half hour and were done very quick. They kept me updated on the process and answered my questions. They also showed me how to program my own key fob that way I wouldn’t be charged. Very honest gentleman with a great business! I’m constantly losing my keys so I will be calling them again! I highly recommend!!!

Cortney Kjonaas

New Car Key FAQ

  • Why do car key replacements cost so much?

Car keys are more expensive now for a couple of reasons. First, programming is now required for all car that have transponder security. Second, modern day remote keys can cost hundreds before cutting and programming. Third, specialized cutters are required for high security keys.

  • How long does it take?

This depends highly on the car. The average time spent is roughly 45 minutes.

  • Should I purchase a key online for you to cut and program?

In most cases this will not save you money, but it can create big headaches. Online keys are cheaper; however, in most cases it is only by a couple of dollars. This keeps the price roughly the same, but the quality of these keys is very poor.

The biggest issue is that many of the transponder chips and remotes will not take to the car. Although the providers typically guarantee the key, they do so by allowing you to return the failed key. We end up making multiple visits to get a successful programming and the customer is out money.

  • Can I get a replacement key from my VIN?

A locksmith can purchase your cuts with your VIN number, and the key will likely turn the ignition. The big issue is that most cars will not start until the transponder chip is programmed. The locksmith or other car key professional must connect their tester to the vehicle to program the chip.