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How You Can Survive Even After You’ve Lost Your Transponder Key

Most newer model cars require a transponder key in order to start them. They are a convenient way to get your car going and you on the road as quickly as possible. No more looking for a car key because all you need is your fob to unlock and start your car. Transponder keys make it almost impossible for someone to steal your car. Since so many people use cars with transponder keys, we can certainly understand why so many people get frantic when they can’t find theirs. When 24-Hour Renton WA Locksmith is called upon to help in this situation, you can bet that we won’t leave you hanging. We’ll be there in a hurry to program another transponder key for you. You’re never left waiting for too long before someone is there to help you out, so don’t worry. Sit back and relax and leave the job to a trained professional.

It is almost impossible to think clearly or logically when you begin to panic. When you’re unable to find your transponder key, take a deep breath and try to think of the last time you remember using your key. You may be able to go back to wherever you were when you last had it and retrieve it again. However, if someone has a spare transponder key, the most logical thing to do is to give them a call to see if they can bring you the spare fob. If you don’t have a spare, the incident you now find yourself in might convince you that now is the time to have one made and handed over to a trustworthy friend. Some cars still allow you to use a standard key along with a transponder key. If you have a standard key, it may be necessary for you to pull it out until you can find your transponder key or have a new one programmed. Perhaps you’ve had a spare key made of both your transponder and standard key? This would certainly be helpful if you’ve lost your transponder key.

What is a Transponder Chip

If you continue to drop your transponder key, one of the things that can occur is that the transponder chip could fall out. If you find out that your key chi is missing, we can come to wherever you are and reprogram another chip for your key. Sometimes people mistake the chip for a battery, since they look similar. Since our locksmiths are accustomed to working with transponder keys, they will know whether or not you’re missing the chip or a battery. We would like to make it clear that we have everything you would possible need for your transponder key at 24-Hour Renton WA Locksmith in Renton, WA. We have all of the necessary tools and the programming equipment to provide you with another transponder key that will work like new again. Relying on us, rather than an auto dealership is that you’re able to save some money. If you decide to go to an auto dealership, you’ll have to pay money to get your car to them. This means you’ll have to rely on a tow service. With us, you save money because we can come to where you are and provide you with a new transponder key, on the spot.

Planning for the Worst

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; get yourself a spare key. Having a spare key will save you time and frustration. It doesn’t matter if you plan on getting another transponder key at some point, at least have another standard key made that will get you back on the road again. You are less likely going to panic if you know you have a backup key. You also need to make sure you give the key to someone who is worthy of holding on to it for you. They should be available when you need them. You need someone who is trustworthy and reliable. We wouldn’t suggest that you leave the key with anyone who travels a lot, even if they are a family member or close friend.  Doing this would simply be impractical and wouldn’t serve its purpose for giving them a key. When you get ready to buy a new car, this is the best time to get your hands on an additional transponder key. Sometimes the auto dealer will offer you an extra key, we highly recommend that you take them up on their offer because they can cost more than $100 to have programmed. There really is no catch to accepting the extra key. It’s just their way of selling a car. This is an incentive to get you to buy a car from them. It saves you money in the long run to negotiate an extra transponder key up front.

Don’t Buy Lost Key Insurance

This is something that they may attempt to sell to you at the dealership but you really do not need it. Just by making sure you have a spare key, you can decrease your chances of being locked out of your car. If you take them up on the offer to buy lost key insurance, you’ll be expected to pay a monthly fee. Wouldn’t you agree that it makes far more sense to have an extra key? It will certainly save you money in the long run.

If you are always losing your key, we would suggest you buy a key locator. When you can’t find your key rather than running out buying another one, your key locator will do the job of finding the key. If the key is lost, the indicator will not find it. Then, you may have to get another key made. Why not start by investing in something inexpensive that could save you a ton of money in the long run.  We’re all for saving a buck or two and this is why we are passing this information on to you.