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Locksmith vs. Dealership for Mercedes-Benz Car Key Replacement

Locksmith vs. Dealership for Mercedes-Benz Car Key Replacement

Mercedes codes are generated directly from Germany, using your vehicle's VIN number. The key is coded specifically to your vehicle only! This is a great safety feature, because once you replace your key with a new one, the old one becomes obsolete and no longer works with your car, or any other one.

Both locksmiths and dealerships are able to help replace or duplicate your Mercedes-Benz car key, but what is the cost? There are pros and cons to working on both sides of the spectrum.

Locksmiths

A mobile locksmith is the best when it comes to both price and convenience. They are able to bring all their tools on the road and come to any location to create a replacement key, or duplicate a current key.

Mercedes-Benz is a luxury vehicle and not all mobile locksmiths are able to access the data necessary to create key fobs. This is why it is a good idea to call and find out if they have your Mercedes Benz model on their list. Or, just call Cheap Lock & Key, as we support all models...

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2 Types of Key Replacements Done by Mobile Locksmiths

2 Types of Key Replacements Done by Mobile Locksmiths

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...

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Four Reasons You REALLY Need a Spare Car Key

Four Reasons You REALLY Need a Spare Car Key

When you buy a new car, your auto dealer hands you the shiny new keys and sends you out to the open road. But how often do we forget to make a copy of that key? Here’s how that little bit of forethought can save you a huge headache down the road.

1. Locking your keys in the car.

Unless you have a smart key that makes it impossible to lock your keys in the car, it happens to the best of us—your doors lock automatically, or you manually push down the locking mechanism and before you have the chance to think about it, you close the door, turn around, and see your keys through the car window. If you don’t have a spare, you will have to call us to gain access. If you have a spare, you can have someone bring it to you or catch a ride home to retrieve it. Either way, time and money will be saved.

2. Losing the keys to your car.

We all know that when looking for your keys, they're always in the last place you look! However, sometimes you just can't find...

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Create a key from a lock with no key to duplicate.

Create a key from a lock with no key to duplicate.

Maybe your house key broke off in the lock, or you accidentally tossed your car keys out with the trash—however you got there, you suddenly need a new key, and don’t have the original to make a copy. No problem. With the help of a skilled locksmith, there are a couple ways we can have your doors open in no time.

Creating a key from your lock's code.

The first method is called “coding” your lock. Most locks for your home are produced with a “code,” which your locksmith can get either from the lock’s original paperwork or through the manufacturer. The code can only be translated by a professional locksmith—for security purposes, you can’t just look it up—and it tells your locksmith the exact length and depth of your key’s notches, so he can make a fresh new key.

This can also be done with car keys! Just find the VIN number on the inside of your vehicle’s door. Your locksmith can then contact the dealer...

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Laser Cut Keys vs. Traditional Car Keys

Laser Cut Keys vs. Traditional Car Keys

What's the difference between laser cut keys and traditional keys for your vehicle?

Whether your car has a traditional key or a laser cut key could be the difference in the way you approach key replacement. There are major differences when it comes to traditional and laser cut keys that make it easy to tell which your vehicle has and what you would need to do should a situation arise where a duplicate or new key is needed. Let's dive in!

Laser Cut Keys

Commonly referred to as internal keys or a side-winder key, laser cut keys are known for their unique appearance. Laser cut keys are made with a constant depth down the middle, making them thicker and more sturdy in general. The indention made on the key is equally made on both sides so that the key can be inserted and the engine started no matter which direction the key is put in (this is where the internal key name comes from).

Laser cut keys started appearing mostly in high-end vehicles around the 1990's and...

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