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Is it possible for a layman to program a transponder key?

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As of 2015, anyone can program a transponder as long as the code for the specific vehicle is utilized. It is necessary for the key blank to be compatible with the vehicle too.

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Transponder keys have chips embedded in them that correspond to a vehicle's ignition system. The transponder must be within a certain range of the car for the vehicle to start. Almost every key made during or after the 1990s contains a transponder chip. This was a security measure taken by auto manufacturers to make stealing cars more difficult. Replacing a lost or stolen key with a transponder chip can be costly.

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