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What is a Transponder Key?

transponder keys If you drive a car made after the mid-1990s, your car most likely has a transponder key. If you lose your key or lock the key in your car anywhere in Skagit County, call us to discuss your options.

Many people believe that since their key has a chip in it, that they cannot use a car key service. In fact, many dealerships will tell you that buying from them is the only way to get a replacement key for your car. That’s just not true. We can duplicate many different types of transponder keys. It’s cheaper and faster than visiting the dealership.

A transponder key has a small chip in it. This chip tells the car that it is the right key. The ignition sends a signal to the engine control unit that it’s okay to start the engine. A transponder key is effective for reducing the rate of car thefts. Even hot-wiring a car won’t generally work on a car that starts with a transponder key. Without the chip, the car just won’t start. It also reduces theft because a simple duplicate key won’t start the engine.

However, it can cause a headache for those who don’t use a mobile locksmith that is capable of duplicating a transponder key.  Often, people with these newer vehicles call a tow truck and have the vehicle taken to the dealership to get a duplicate key. It costs a lot of time and money. Buying a new transponder key online is a hassle. You have to wait for delivery. Then, you have to hope that it works. Transponder keys must be programmed in order for the key to work in your vehicle. That’s why it is important that you choose a knowledgeable and skilled mobile locksmith if you lose your key. If the key is not programmed right, then your vehicle will not start.

The best solution for those in Skagit County is to call us. We can duplicate most transponder keys and have you on your way. Our van is stocked with advanced technology to get you on your way fast. We service all of Skagit County. We are available 24/7 to help. We can even help if you’re having ignition problems. We stock several types of ignitions in our van to help you get back on the road.

Call us if you need your key duplicated or if you’ve simply locked yourself out of your vehicle. As a leading provider of locksmithing, we can help you with your needs. Our website is a Skagit County favorite because our customers can get a free quote. Locking yourself out of your car or losing your key is stressful, but we can help you through it. Make sure that you call us immediately for emergency service or book an appointment to have an extra set of car keys made. Let our expertise and affordable pricing speak for themselves. Call us today to make an appointment at 360-202-4373. We are available 24/7 for emergencies.