Did you know a standard locksmith probably can’t help you with car key replacement? That’s because most car keys today need more than just a key: they also need car key programming.
When you call Mick’s Autos, we’ll quickly and easily program your car key’s transponder chip so it works with the immobiliser and you can drive your car again in no time.
Electronic, coded transponder chips embedded in the plastic body of the key were introduced from 1995. The chip is passive, so it doesn’t need a battery – the code is read when you turn the key in the ignition.
If the transponder chip is broken or missing, the engine won’t start and the immobiliser’s control unit will have to be reprogrammed if/when you obtain a new key with a new key code.
If you need a new key to replace one that’s been lost, stolen or broken, or if you just want another key as a spare, contact us so we can arrange for the entire process to be taken care of for you, hassle free.
Many early cars were supplied with a ‘master key’ (often red), which was not intended for normal use. The dealer uses the master key to programme a new or replacement key for the car.
Unfortunately, if you damage or lose the master key it could cost hundreds of pounds to replace. You may have to replace the complete engine management system costing more than £1,000.
Car manufacturers have virtually stopped using master keys. They now hold car-specific security information in a central database, which the dealer uses when reprogramming the car and a replacement key. As specially trained to dealer level, Mick’s Autos are able to provide the same, if not better service than that of the main dealer.