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How to get a new car key made… without the original!

Sales Galmier - Wednesday, November 11, 2020

 

Help! I lost my car keys!

Having your car keys stolen, damaged, or lost is really annoying.

Imagine having a car, but no car key - it’s the type of thing that can leave even the most serene and calm person feeling frustrated!

So, what do you do? Why, you call an auto locksmith for car key replacement in Melbourne, that’s what!

Now, we know what you’re thinking: “If I don’t have my keys on me, what can an auto locksmith even do?”

Luckily for you, our auto locksmith in Melbourne can cut replacement car keys for you on-the-spot - even without the original to refer to!

And here’s how...

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Did I hear that right? An auto locksmith can make a key without the original?

 

Absolutely! While it's a tad slower than if we had the original to refer to, it’s very much possible.

While it may take a little longer than working off of the original, it’s something that any good car locksmith worth their salt should be able to do.

Not to mention, even with that, an auto locksmith in Melbourne is still much faster than calling a tow truck and booking in with your car dealership or mechanic (who often contract these jobs out to auto locksmiths anyway).

Don’t forget, we work after-hours as well!

There are a whole bunch of different techniques an auto locksmith can use to cut a new set of key for your car without referring to the original - the exact approach we choose to use will depend on your:

  • Vehicle, and the type of lock it has
  • Key design
  • How old your car is
  • Whether or not it has a transponder key

Of course, that isn’t the only question drivers have about our ability to cut and program car keys without the original...

How much is it to get a car key made without the original?

When you’re thinking about car key replacements, the number one concern you have on your mind is cost.

Unfortunately, it can be a bit difficult to answer this question - it all comes down to the specific details of the job itself.

Whatever situation you’ve landed yourself in however, our auto locksmiths in Melbourne will do our best to offer the most competitive price possible given the circumstances.

Understandably, a lot of these jobs are emergencies, which is why we offer a range of different payment options for your convenience. We take cash, as well as eftpos and credit cards thanks to portable card scanners.

What you need to get a new key made

While there are many methods of cutting a new car key without the original, each of them still require a couple of different things:

  1. Proof of ownership
  2. Your unique 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) - think of it as your car’s serial number

Naturally, proof of ownership is essential before we get to work - we need to know you aren’t abusing our auto locksmith service to steal a vehicle that isn’t yours!

And of course, you’ll need your VIN as well if the VIN technique is to work.

Don’t know it off by heart? Don’t worry - assuming you’ve proven that you own the car, it’s easy to find the VIN if you know where to look.

What our car locksmiths will do is unlock your vehicle and check all the usual places like the dashboard, manual or inside the driver’s side door and more to find your VIN - and from there, we simply carry on as normal!

Okay, so we’ve gotten the VIN - how does that help me get a new car key without a spare?

Getting a new car key even without a spare is now possible, thanks to technology!

Basically, every unique VIN comes with a code that tells us exactly how many cuts your keys need, how deep they’ll have to be and their width.

Once we have your VIN, your car locksmith can use our computer database to decipher this code and translate it into a virtual blueprint for your car keys.

And once we have that, it’s a simple matter of applying our experience and training to cut a key that matches the code!

My car uses a transponder key - so how does a locksmith make a new car key if I’ve lost my key and don’t even have a spare?

Our car locksmiths drive around in fully-equipped mobile workshops, complete with all the equipment we need to replace your car keys - in addition to key blanks and key-cutting machinery, it also includes transponder keys and fobs.

We’ve got the fob… but what about the transponder code?

Luckily, in addition to telling us how to cut your keys, the VIN method also tells us exactly what code your keys’ transponders use!

Armed with this information, our team of auto locksmiths can not only cut a key, but program the right transponder code as well, helping keep your car safe and secure.

Since most modern cars are made with an added security, you will need a car signal that matches in your car, and this is found in chips that are in your car keys. You will need the right transponder keys that can get you inside the car and will make your engine work.

An expert auto locksmith doesn’t only provide you with a new car key, but will easily program a brand new transponder key for you that will not only make your car work but ensures your car safety as well.

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Getting new car keys without the original? Get help from a Melbourne auto locksmith!

Do you need a new car key but don’t have the original? Don’t worry - our Melbourne auto locksmith is here for you!

Galmier auto locksmiths provide the best service to motorists throughout Melbourne’s south-east and beyond.

Not only are we fast, but we guarantee best-in-industry service far beyond what most drivers are used to. Hundreds of 5-star reviews and 10 consecutive WOMO Customer Service Awards can’t be wrong!

On top of getting you back into your car when you lose your keys, our auto locksmiths can also:

  • Replace damaged keys
  • Get you back in when you lock yourself out
  • Fix damaged lock cylinders
  • Keep your commercial vehicle fleet on the road
  • Partner with mechanics and workshops
  • Look after all your residential locksmithing needs

All you need to do is get in touch.

So what are you waiting for? Get fast, efficient and reliable auto locksmith services at Galmier - call 0407 022 234, or save our number to your phone, just in case!

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