How Are Car Keys Made?
It’s. The. Worst. Losing your car keys can send you into a downward spiral into terror and anxiety in about a half of a heartbeat, leaving you wondering how you’ll find them, when you’ll find them – or better yet – how are you actually supposed to get into a locked car in 114 degrees without passing out, screaming or having to call an Uber for this mistake. Again. We felt inspired to explain how car keys are made, and hopefully it will give you a little inspiration to get another set and put them under one of those fancy fake rocks we’ve all thought about buying after the third time you lost them.
US Key Service has encountered this problem more times that we can count – if we didn’t we wouldn’t have a job. For our sake keep losing your keys (jokes) but at least now you’ll know what we do when we replace your lost Gilbert car keys and how they are made.
Write down your VIN number.
If you are replacing your lost car keys at a dealership you’ll want to have this information. Depending on the vehicle, you may need to provide you're the dealer with the Vehicle Identification Number in order for them to match the VIN with the car’s key code and make a key from that information. It’s usually easily found on the windshield on the driver’s side but your registration will have it also.
Locksmiths tend to not need a VIN in order to replicate a key, but if the only key you own is currently in the ignition and the windows are up as far as imaginable, good thing US Key Service has been retrieving keys for years and can do so without a scratch to Betty…or whatever your car’s name is.
Just like a snowflake.
Sort of. Keys are intended to be unique, thus the average car theft can’t just pop whichever one they have on them into the ignition and drive off in your gorgeous Range Rover. Because of the uniqueness you’ll need to provide your locksmith with the year, make and model of the vehicle. This will help them to identify what kind of key they need to replicate or reprogram to get you up and running again.
Gilbert AZ car Locksmiths are almost always faster, more reliable and more available than taking your key to a dealer to replace a key. At a fraction of the cost of what a big name dealer would charge you, locksmiths do this for a living and can solve just about any key problem you may encounter.
Making a car key is different than replicating a house key. Although you can walk into Ace Hardware and make a new set for the house sitter, it’s not that easy with a car key, especially if there isn’t one to replicate from because they've been flushed down the toilet. You never know – crazier things have happened.