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Car Key Programming

Car Key and Key Fob Programming Service


A brief history of car keys

Today, car keys are a ubiquitous part of life, but it wasn’t always that way. Early cars did not have keys, and it was not until the 1920s that ignition keys became standard. The first ignitions were started with a simple metal key that fit into the lock on the steering column. This style of key was used until the late 1960s, when it was replaced by the now-familiar transponder key. Transponder keys were invented to improve security, as they are much more difficult to copy than traditional keys. They have been mandatory in all new cars in the US since the 90’s. Today, many new cars come with key fobs and remote keyless entry, making it easier than ever to get on the road. However, there’s no doubt that car keys have come a long way since the early days of motoring.



Why do car keys require programming?

When a car key is programmed, it is ‘matched’ to the specific engine management system of that car. The engine management system controls the ignition timing and fuel injection of the engine, so it needs to know exactly which key is being used in order to function correctly. If the wrong key (or no key) is used, the engine will either not start at all, or it will run erratically and may cause damage. Therefore, programming a car key is a necessary step in ensuring that the car will run smoothly, but it also provides a helpful security layer.



When to get a car key programmed?

When you purchase a new car from a dealership they will send you off with a perfectly programmed car key. However, there are a few different instances when you might need to get your car key programmed. The most common reason is if you have recently lost your key and had to get replacement car keys. In this case, your old key will no longer work and you will need an automotive locksmith to get your new key programmed.

Another instance when you might need to get your key programmed is if you are buying a used car and the previous owner only has one key. In this case, you will need to get the key programmed in order to be able to use it with your car. Finally, if your car’s computer system has been reset, you may also need to have your key reprogrammed in order for it to work properly again.



How car keys are programmed

There are a few different ways to program a car key, but the most common method is to use a tablet or laptop. This allows the auto locksmith to connect to the car’s on-board computer and program the key using special software. Once the key has been programmed, it can be used just like any other key – no need for extra keys or complicated procedures. So, while it may seem like a hassle at first, programming a car key is actually a simple and effective way to keep your car running smoothly.



Our car key programming service

Here at Locksmith Tacoma, we’re proud to offer you a reliable and comprehensive car key programming service. We are a team of experienced and professional locksmiths who can come to your location and program your car key on site. We have the latest tools and equipment to get the job done quickly and efficiently. Our services are available 24/7, weekends, holidays, no questions we’re at your service. Another bonus of choosing Locksmith Tacoma are the prices. We keep our prices low because we value our customers and don’t want them to be stretched financially.

We also offer a wide range of other locksmith services such as car lockout assistance, car key replacements, and more.

Contact us today to learn more about our car key programming service or to schedule an appointment.






How much does car key programming cost?

  • The cost of car key programming will vary depending on a number of factors, including the make and model of your vehicle, the type of key you need to be programmed, and the location of the nearest dealer or locksmith. In general, however, you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $200 for this service. If you have a luxury vehicle or an older model car, the price may be on the higher end of this range. Likewise, if you need to have multiple keys programmed, you may be charged a higher rate. Contact us for a quote on your car key programming.



How long will it take to program my car key?

  • On average, it takes about 30 minutes to program a car key. However, the time can vary depending on the make and model of the car.



Do key fobs require programming?

  • The two most common types of keys that require programming are key fobs and transponder keys. Key fobs and transponder keys both need to send an electronic signal to your cars engine in order to start it or perform other functions.
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