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Key Replacement in Phoenix Area
Need a duplicate key or a replacement remote?
Order your spare car keys or remote replacements, below. Then, bring it into any of our lock shops, for cutting and programming.
Just Need Programming or Cutting?
Just head into any of our four Phoenix locations. See: Can I Program My Own Key/Remote
Please note. For car key programming at our key shops, arrive 1-hr prior to closing to ensure we’ll have the time to take care of you. Programming times vary per vehicle. Thank you.
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Standard car keys in stock at our key shops. Just come on in.
Outside of Phoenix?
If you already have a working key to the car, order your duplicate car key, or replacement remote/FOB, below. Then take the replacement key into an automotive locksmith near you, for cutting and programming (If needed. See: Can I Program My Own Key/Remote).
Types of Car Keys
Why Do Some Keys Have to be Programmed? Can You Program Your Own Keys? When Do I Need a Dealer Key?
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Types of Car KeysThe Evolution of Car Key Technology.
Why some keys have to be programmed and some don’t. Why you will likely need a dealer to get a replacement BMW, VW, or other German replacement car key.
ACME Locksmith sells, cuts, and programs car keys and remotes. We will ship your duplicate auto key or remote straight to you. If you are in the Phoenix area just bring it and your vehicle to any our key shops, and we’ll cut the key and program it to your vehicle for you (additional charges apply).
Car Key Q & A
What are Standard Car Keys? Basically just a metal key. Some have plastic heads, some are entirely metal.
Does a Standard Car Key require car programing? No, you cut this key you take it out to your vehicle, turn the ignition, and it works.
What are Transponder Keys (Also Known As Chip Keys)? If your car key has a plastic key head, it may be a chipped key. Chipped keys have circuits embedded in the key head.
If you take your replacement key to the car and the car does not start, or it starts but then shuts off, it is a transponder key.
Do Transponder Keys Require Keys Programing? Yes. In some cases you can program it, but in many cases an automotive locksmith or dealer will be needed to program the replacement car key.
Is There a Way to Tell if My Key is a Transponder Key? Yes. Most locksmith shops will have a tool that your key can be inserted into to test it. Your vehicle owner’s manual may also tell you if your key needs to be programmed.
Your Remotes Don’t Have the Same Buttons as Mine.
If you don’t see the exact button configuration for your replacement car remote, almost always one with a different button configuration will work so long as 1) It looks the same and 2) it’s for the same year make and model.
It’s just that the buttons that are not supported by model car won’t work. The buttons that are supported will work.
The main exception of this is for cars where a model comes with non-proximately features and proximity features. Those remotes are not interchangeable.
Do Car Remotes Require Programming?
Yes, in all cases. But, the majority of the time, you can program you replacement car remote without connecting to the car’s computer, so it can be DIY.
I Programmed My Replacement Remote, with Key, Using the Direction I found. It Unlocks the Door Using the Buttons, But the Car Doesn’t Start. Why?
When the car manufacturers combined the car remotes and keys into one unit, they didn’t combine the electronics. They just put them in the same package. So many cars with remote/key units can have the remote portion programmed by the owner, but he key portion still needs to be programmed by an auto locksmith or dealer.
Why is Laser Key Cutting So Expensive? Instead of the key cuts removing all of the material, the cuts in laser cut keys only remove a portion of the key’s material. The cuts are milled out. This requires an expensive machine and that cost is passed along to the consumer.
Do Laser Cut Keys Require Programming? Most high security car keys, laser keys, are transponder keys and require programming as above.
What is a Car FOB? Car FOBs do not require that a key be entered into the ignition to start the car.
Do Car FOBs Need to be Programmed? Yes. In nearly every case.