It’s never easy to buy or replace a car key. Today, cars are as complex as houses, which means keys must be replaced more often. In the beginning, it began with smart phones, today have smart cars, smart phones, touch screens, remote controls, televisions, and on. Do you even know have smart keys? Well, historically, smart keys aren’t really smart keys, they’re fobs which you either keep in your pocket or car drawer, and which you activate by pressing a button on the dash of your car.
Nowadays however, cars are getting smarter, meaning the technology used in their locks has also changed. Manufacturers are building vehicle key replacement systems that allow you to make changes to your pockets and key slots remotely, from your smartphone. Smart locksmiths can do the job for you – safely and quickly. What kind of vehicle key replacement system do you need for your vehicle? There are two kinds: manual and electronic locksmith services.
Manual Car Key Replacement, as the name suggests, requires you to open the door and search for the keys yourself, unless you’re just replacing one single lock (i.e. master cylinder). You first need to unlock the door, then find the lock, and insert a key into it. If it is a high security lock, you might need to use a bit of force to make sure you’ve got the right key. If it is a low-security lock, all you have to do is open the cylinder and find the key inside.
Electronic key technology offers a completely different approach. Instead of opening the door yourself, you simply give the keys to the locksmith. They perform a keyfob check, using the latest identification data to determine whether the key matches the lock. They then mount the new key onto the existing keys and replace them into the lock. The advantage here is that it can take less time and the cost is likely to be lower.
Choosing between manual and electronic key technology will depend on what your needs are, how fast you need the locks replaced and what types of keys you currently have or intend to get. Some people choose to get a complete system that includes not only the keyfobs but other accessories, such as deadbolts and alarm systems. This is not the cheapest option but it can also be one of the most convenient. On the other hand, if all you want is to change the number of locks you have installed, you can probably just purchase a new pair of keys and install the new ones yourself.
In some cases where you are changing many keys at one go, you will find it cheaper to buy a single piece of equipment and install it yourself. It will take you less time and, if you are replacing car locks more often, will save you money. However, if you are going to change the locks regularly or are looking for quality, it is a better idea to buy a service that provides this service as part of its package. These services are usually much better value for money and, in the long run, can prove to be invaluable.