Mobile locksmiths are available whether you have locked yourself out of your car, lost your keys, or simply need a replacement key made. When it comes to replacing keys, the process is much different today, since the use of key fobs is becoming more and more common, than it was even just a few years ago. In fact, consumers do not even need their original key to make a replacement anymore. Furthermore, your key, whether it is a regular key or key fob, can be duplicated without the need to find the key code.
1. Replacing Traditional Keys
In order to create a replacement for your traditional key, your mobile locksmith will require proof of ownership of your vehicle and the VIN (vehicle identification number) of your automobile. With those two pieces of information, the mobile locksmith will be able to get the key code from the manufacturer of your car, which in turn will enable them to make the proper cuts for the new key. It probably wouldn't be a bad idea to have the mobile locksmith create a backup key while they're at it. Creating a replacement for your traditional key is an easier task than making a replacement for your key fob.
2. Replacing Key Fobs
Key fobs are a little trickier to replace. One reason is that key fobs cannot be reprogrammed once they are programmed to a car. This means you need a completely new device if you were to need a replacement for your vehicle. Another reason that replacing a key fob is trickier is that, depending on the make, model, and year of your vehicle, it may be necessary to disassemble some of the plastic paneling inside your car, in order to gain access to the vehicle's diagnostic port.
Starting the process of replacing a key fob requires the same information (proof of ownership and VIN), as replacing a traditional key. Though each type of car and manufacturer has different steps involved in the process of programming a new fob, two factors that seem to be universal are that the new key fob and the vehicle must be within the same vicinity as each other, and it can take between 10 and 15 minutes to program the new fob for your vehicle.
Because of specialized tools and training that may be needed to complete the replacement of your fob, key fobs are generally more difficult to program.
Find a Local Locksmith You Trust
If you find that you need the services of a mobile locksmith, make sure that you have any documentation you may need to show that you are the owner of the vehicle and then let them know whether you have a traditional key or a key fob. These pieces of information will help the mobile locksmith work more efficiently towards providing you with a solution. If you're in the Tampa Bay area, choose a company like Cheap Lock & Key that is known and trusted, for your locksmithing needs.