To make duplicate car keys, take the original key to a local hardware store to have the key laser cut and duplicated, order a replacement key from the manufacturer or dealer or contact a roadside assistance or key making company to custom duplicate car keys. Duplicate keys must be processed or crafted by professional key makers.Continue Reading
Look up the key type in the vehicle's owner manual to determine if it is a basic key without security features, a fob with automatic keyless entry or a laser cut or switchblade key. Since the 1990s, manufacturers have begun crafting keys with security enhanced features, chips and remote components that make duplicating a key much more challenging for consumers. Therefore, depending on the type of key, a replacement may need to be ordered versus duplicating an existing key.
To duplicate a key without any security chips or features, take the key to a local hardware store to have it cut to match the existing key. The hardware specialist makes a duplicate by matching the key type to a generic key and cutting the specifications with machinery designed to craft car keys.
To duplicate car keys with advanced technology or security chips, request a duplicate at a car dealership or order a duplicate from the manufacturer. Consumers can place key orders online by entering the vehicle identification number and proof of ownership. In addition, a phone call to the manufacturer provides information on how to have a key shipped or picked up after it is duplicated.
In order to get Toyota replacement keys without an original, either visit a Toyota dealership for a new key or contact a locksmith who specializes in automotive keys. If one key is still available and does not have a chip in it, go to a store that makes duplicate keys.Full Answer >
To replace a Honda car key, contact a Honda dealer and provide the key number tag that came with the new Honda, and order a new key. Without the key number tag, the process of getting a new key may be more difficult, and you need to furnish proof of ownership of the car in order for the dealer to make a replacement key.Full Answer >
Determining where to have a duplicate car key made depends entirely on the type of key. Basic keys can be made at most locksmith shops or hardware stores, and require nothing more than a simple cutting machine.Full Answer >
You can replace your car keys by contacting your dealer directly, using a local locksmith or using an Internet website, such as Keyless Ride. Modern car keys may also require reprogramming, which can contribute to a higher replacement cost unless you reprogram the car yourself.Full Answer >