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Transponder chip keys are ignition keys that have circuits connected to a chip built inside the plastic head. The circuit is powered by the signal transmitted from the vehicle’s computer so it has no need of a battery. Usually when the programmed transponder key turns in the ignition switch, the vehicle’s computer sends a signal to the circuit. If the circuit fails to respond then the vehicle will not start. Most car manufacturers started using transponder chip technology around 1998 and today almost all car models have adopted it.
The advantage of owning a car that uses a transponder chip key is that it’s significantly harder to steal. The obvious disadvantage is that transponder keys are more expensive to duplicate and way more expensive to replace than regular keys. This is why all the people that are reading this should make sure that they have an emergency spare transponder key on hand.
When you shop around for a locksmith to get a transponder key originated always remember to be sure of the following. First, always ask them how much will the total cost be for the whole job, including the trip charge. Second, make sure you speak with a company that knows what they are doing. Ask them if they are sure they can make a key for your specific vehicle and if they have the equipment necessary. In the case that you just need a transponder key duplication and not a replacement, always remember to check with the walk-in shops first. Most transponder keys can be duplicated in a shop because unlike origination/replacement there is no need in hooking up to the car’s computer to program the key. When a transponder key is duplicated with a clone key programmer, it basically copies the programming on the chip from the original master key to a clone version of the key.
At Metrolocks, our locksmith technicians are equipped with transponder equipment to program almost any key anywhere in the metro area. Since we are a mobile service, we can come to wherever you are and save you the tow truck cost. Our locksmith techs can get to you promptly anywhere in Denver and the surrounding area. We have very competitive pricing and vast know-how when it comes to originating transponder keys so give us a call anytime.