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What is a Smart Key (Also Known as a Keyless Ignition System)?

What is a Smart Key (Also Known as a Keyless Ignition System)?

A Keyless Ignition System, or a SmartKey, is an electronic method of granting access to both entry and engine control of a vehicle. In 1995, Siemens started implementing the SmartKey. It was a device available to Mercedes-Benz models only. Over the years, this has evolved and smart keys are now present in vehicles of all makes, models and varying price points.

How does the system work?

The keyless ignition is a passive RFID system, which means that the vehicle sends a code to the ignition chip from its computer. The ignition chip receives the message and, if it recognizes the code, will give the operator full access to the vehicle.

Simply put, as long as your SmartKey fob is inside your vehicle with you when you press the start button or flip the start switch, the engine should start and the car should become drivable.

Not all systems are the same.

While Keyless Ignition Systems generally work the same way, they may be set up differently, depending on the make or...

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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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Microchip Car Keys - Fact vs. Fiction

Microchip Car Keys - Fact vs. Fiction

Microchip car keys - also known as transponder keys - are designed to protect your vehicle. Each key contains a code that the car must recognize before it will start. Without the code, the car will not start.

You only get one microchip key with your vehicle.

Fiction! Yes, your microchip car key is secure because the coding only works with your vehicle. However, multiple keys can be programmed with your specific code, allowing you to have more than one transponder key. This enables you to have replacement keys, should you need them in the future.

Microchip car keys are difficult to disable.

Fact! Sure, transponder keys CAN be disabled, but not easily. Doing so requires specialized equipment and software that generally only a car dealership or a locksmith like Cheap Lock & Key possess. This is expensive equipment that makes it an unattractive option for even sophisticated, high-tech thieves.

Only the specific auto manufacturer can program a transponder key.

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