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An auto locksmith saves the day: types of car keys

Sales Galmier - Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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Types of car keys

Do you know all the different types of keys that a variety of cars use? Over time, we can see a clear pattern between technology and the “digitisation” of keys. Along with improved technology comes improved security, too. (You can find out more about the impact of technology on locksmithing in this blog post.)

A good auto locksmith can work with a variety of car keys, helping you when it’s most needed.

  • Locked your keys in your car?
  • Lost your only set of car keys?
  • Broken a key in the ignition?

    Types of car keys an auto locksmith can cut

We hope you won’t be stuck in these types of scenarios, but if you are, there’s only one person you need to call: Alex from Galmier Locksmiths. In fact, why not save my number in your phone? You never know when you’ll need it! 0407 022 234.

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This week, we’re looking at some of the most common types of car keys, how they work, and how they have evolved.

Standard cut key

The traditional car key is cut by machine and uses ridges and cuts to fit into your car’s ignition. Even if the key has broken off while still in the ignition, don’t stress. I’ve seen this happen plenty of times and I can solve the problem!

More modern keys are cut with a special machine called an end mill cutter. This creates extra grooves and cuts the key in a precise manner, making the key more secure. While this type of key is more difficult and more expensive to recreate, it can be done! Ask me how.

Remote control key

Remote control keys offer great convenience to drivers, allowing them to unlock the car on approach so once they reach the car, they can hop right in.

If your key has a remote door or boot unlock that has stopped working, we can replace or fix the sensors that connect your key to your car. It’s a simple fix that only takes one call to solve!

Transponder key

Transponder keys contain small microchips that start the ignition once the key is inserted.

Without the microchip, your ignition won’t start. It’s specifically designed that way to make your car more secure and the key harder to duplicate. With the right specialist equipment and transponder systems, however, we can replace your microchip and reprogram the key.

Smart car key

These keys are the latest on the market and are as smart as they sound. With these high-tech keys, you just need to have the key in the vehicle and the car will start.

Valet key

A valet key is not as common these days as it was in the past, but like a master key system, it allowed for different “permissions” for different drivers. As the name suggests, a valet key would be specifically for valet drivers, and would only work to unlock or start the car. However, this type of key would not unlock the boot or glove compartment.


Car key repair and replacement is just a phone call away!

Call a car locksmith for rapid, on-site solutions

If you have lost or broken your car key or have been a victim of burglary, look no further than an auto locksmith to come to you and provide the right car key solution.

Based in Bayside, Galmier Locksmiths will be there when you need us most! Call now or fill in this form!