Types of Automotive Keys

Your automotive key or car key enables you to open and start your car. In some cases, you don’t even need the actual key to start your car now-a-days. Not every car has the same type of keys. Today there are transponder keys (very popular), VATS, and smart keys or key fobs. Although there are a variety of keys that are made today, they all require only one of two cutting techniques to work. Unfortunately, you are not always in control of the type of key that is required to operate your automobile. However, if you have a preferred type of key that you like to use, there are certain make and models of cars that you shouldn’t even consider You should know that despite your best efforts to continue using a specific type of car key, you may be out of luck because most cars designed today require a key that is technologically advanced. You may have to adapt with the changing industry needs. Besides, the advanced technology used to make your car keys today offer more security than other types of keys.

We’ll start by telling you about the most common type of automotive keys, the mechanical cut keys. These are cut using a traditional cutting machine. You may be familiar with the way locksmiths make standard keys for your office or home. This is the same way traditional keys are made. This was the only way that a key could be made until the 20th century. After which time the laser cutting technique then started to become just as popular. This is because of the increased level of security offered with a laser cut key. You’ll find that most newer model cars require the laser cut keys.

Laser cut keys are also known as sidewinder keys or internal cut keys. This type of key cutting is the most comprehensive because of the many security advantages that they offer. The lock cylinder is more difficult to pick when compared to how easy it is to pick a traditional cut key. They are also less likely to be duplicated because of the special software used and the high-tech machine used to cut the keys. Note that if you are purchasing a newer model car, your car will likely use a laser cut key.

Now that you know the type of cuts that keys are made with, here are the common types of car keys:

  1. Smart Keys

These keys are made with computerized microchips and a sensor that enables users to start the car without a key in the ignition. The driver just needs to have the key on them in order to start the car. There are some advantages to having this type of key and disadvantages. Discuss this with a certified Riverside locksmith, such as one you would find at Riverside Locksmith.

  1. Transponder Keys

The microchip in a transponder key is located in the handle. This is done for security purposes and to prevent auto theft. This type of key can be laser cut or mechanical cut. This depends on the make and model of the car that you have. Most locksmith services are able to effectively program and reprogram your transponder key from wherever you are. They come to your location with the necessary equipment to handle the job.

  1. VATS (Vehicle Anti-Theft System) Keys

This type of key is a mechanical cut key. It has a black resister on the blade, not a microchip like some might think. A VATS key isn’t designed with computer technology.

Whenever you need a new key made, you might want to consider allowing a locksmith to make it for you rather than a auto dealership for various reasons. One of the many reasons people elect to have a locksmith make their key is because it is less expensive. When you lose your key and do not have a duplicate, you can have an automotive locksmith come to wherever you are, rather than having a tow truck take you to a dealership for a new key. This saves you from having to pay tow fees. The process of cutting your key for you is also less expensive than what you would pay at a car dealership. Another good reason to contact a locksmith rather than a dealership is because it will take less time to get your new key. When you are at a dealership, they often make you stand in a queue to wait alongside everyone else who is seeking services, even if it is something as simple as having a new key made. Most locksmith companies offer mobile services, which means they will come to where you are to cut your key for you. This saves you time and money. These days, time is such a commodity that we can’t afford to waste it waiting around all day for something as simple as a key.

Make sure that when you begin searching for a locksmith to make your car keys, you find one that is reputable and trustworthy. If you have a locksmith that you have used in the past and they have managed to maintain their fine reputation, why go anywhere else. Finding a trustworthy locksmith means that you don’t have to worry about them making duplicate keys for themselves and use for themselves or sell to some theft ring. We know this is not something that may happen often, but it is certainly worth considering.  Since a certified locksmith makes keys all the time, it stands to reason that when they cut your key it will be done right the first time. Sometimes, the keys you have made at a dealership are made so fast that they don’t always do a good job cutting the key and you begin having problems shortly thereafter. Take the time to do your research in finding the right locksmith to ensure you get what you are paying for. Worse than wasting time is wasting our money on something that is ineffective.