The programming of transponder keys is a service provided by specialist locksmiths such as ourselves that is becoming increasingly popular as more and more Calgary drivers acquire cars that utilize these modern keys. Whether you are in urgent need of this service and need to know what it entails or you are simply interested in finding out more about the subject before buying a car that comes with a transponder key, the information in this article will hopefully serve as an excellent primer. If you require immediate assistance and do not have time to conduct your own online research, please do not hesitate to call us before reading this guide! We will be happy to answer any specific questions you have and will come to your assistance without delay.
Transponder Key Programming in Calgary: Your Questions Answered
In recent years, we have received many inquiries about our key programming service. The questions that our technicians are most commonly asked can be found below, along with their answers.
What Exactly is a Transponder Key and What Does It Do?
For those who are new to the world of transponder key programming and are not even sure exactly what they are and what they do, let alone why they need to be programmed, the whole subject can be very confusing. In short, a transponder key is a key that contains a microchip designed to send a code to an immobilizer fitted to the ignition of the car for which the key is made. If the immobilizer does not receive the correct code from the key, it will not be possible to start the car’s engine. In other words, transponder keys and the immobilizers with which they are paired provide an added level of security for modern vehicle owners, ensuring that even if someone is able to make a simple copy of a transponder key, they cannot do very much with it: without the code sent by the microchip inside the key, the engine will remain unmoved by any attempts to start it.
When Might I Need Transponder Key Programming Services?
If you buy a new car that comes with a set of transponder keys and you never lose or damage any of them, there is a good chance that you will never need to worry about finding a Calgary locksmith capable of programming such keys but if you are not so fortunate, you will need to approach one of the reputable local service providers as soon as the loss or damage occurs. If you lose your transponder key, you cannot simply have a new one cut, you need to have either the immobilizer or the new key programmed, or both, so that you can start your engine again. The exact procedure that needs to be followed when creating new keys will depend on the make and model of car that you drive: in some cases, the transponder keys are dumb units that the immobilizer must be programmed to recognise, in other cases a new key needs to be programmed to send the code expected by the immobilizer and, in a few cases, both the immobilizer and the new key will need to be programmed to work together. If you do lose or damage a key and would like a new one made, it is always best to do so whilst you still have an original spare because cloning a key is simpler than having to create a new one from scratch.
Can Anybody Program Transponder Keys?
Whilst some transponder keys are fairly simple to program, assuming that you have the right equipment and the necessary know-how, others should only be programmed by qualified, time-served professionals who know exactly what they are doing. Even if you own a car with a key that is said to be easy to program, we would caution against attempting to do the job yourself unless you are absolutely confident in your abilities. If you entrust the job to a professional in the first place, you can rest assured that it will be done properly, without any unfortunate mishaps or unnecessary delays. If you are not sure which locksmiths in Calgary can be trusted to program a transponder key, we suggest looking for online reviews, asking your friends and neighbours for recommendations or, if you want to save both time and money, contacting us directly. We have a great deal of experience in this particular field and provide a first-class service at very competitive rates.
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How Long Does It Take to Program a New Key?
The most common question asked by car owners who need a new transponder key as soon as possible is, “How long will it take?” and the answer depends on the make and model of car for which the key is intended. However, we can give you a rough estimate that covers most scenarios: on average, it takes a skilled technician less than 30 minutes to program a new transponder key. If you make sure that the locksmith you approach is qualified and experienced in this field, you can take this figure as a rough guide but if you choose your locksmith unwisely, it could take far longer for them to complete the job, assuming they are actually able to complete the work at all. Do your homework beforehand and you can avoid the less professional service providers in the area: there are a number of skilled automotive locksmiths in Calgary so there is no need to take a chance on one you are not sure about.
Do I Need to Consult My Dealer?
In most cases, it is not necessary to visit a dealership in order to have a new key programmed and given the high prices that many of them charge, we wouldn’t advise doing so unless absolutely necessary. Skilled automotive locksmiths such as ourselves provide a transponder key programming service for almost all makes and models of vehicle currently being driven on Canadian highways; the only reason you might have to ask a dealer to provide and program a new key for your vehicle is if it is a particularly rare model or one of the very few cars that will only work with keys supplied by the manufacturer. In our experience, whilst there are a small number of more exotic cars that fall into this category, the vast majority of vehicles in Calgary and the surrounding area use keys that can be programmed by a reputable local locksmith.
How Much Will a New, Programmed Transponder Key Cost?
This is a difficult question to answer with any degree of accuracy, without knowing the make and model of car involved and whether there is an existing key to work from. Prices also vary from one locksmith to the next, as you would expect. What we can tell you is that it will cost a lot more to make and program a key from scratch than it will to clone an existing one so it is best to buy a new spare as soon as you lose your main key.