Picture this, Sunday afternoon, here’s my mate and his family swimming in the Katherine River at the low level, pleasant spot, nice picnic, enjoyable day, kids had a fun time but now the day is over and everyone is looking forward to going home, time to pack up, where are the car keys, nowhere to be found. And so the drama and the dollars begin. The story involves tired cranky kids, a tilt truck to get the car home, a lift to work next morning and the sorting out of a replacement car key. It kind of put a down on a beaut day out. There are a couple of options for getting a replacement car key.
In an attempt to keep your car in your hands/garage and not someone else’s modern car security requires a complex key system. Getting a replacement car key is not as easy as it used to be
There are two scenarios to consider here, firstly if you are lucky and have a spare key the steps are relatively easy, however if you do not have a spare key the steps are more complex.
First let’s talk about my mate’s scenario where he didn’t have a spare key, this is what his experienced in getting a new key could have been like;
1/ locate a blank key complete with microchip – if you’re lucky your local locksmith carries the blank key with microchip for your car, if not you contact the dealer of your make of car.
2/ as you do not have a spare key to cut the new key too, the easiest way to get the key cut to your ignition switch is to remove the driver’s side door lock and take this to the locksmith.
3/ take the newly cut key to your Katherine auto electrician who will use their computer/scanner to recode the microchip in the key to the car so it “talks” to your car computer. Note some locksmiths may also be able program the microchip in the key to talk to your computer.
But of course my mates experience was like this. Ring, ring. “Hello Terry speaking”. “Terry I have lost my keys and need a replacement car key.”
Your local mobile auto electrician can organise a replacement car key on your behalf. Just give him a call he comes to you and can organise a new key complete with microchip, cut & programed and put back into your car, all organised for you while you go about your life.
If you do have a spare key of course it is much easier
1/ Take the spare to your local locksmith who keeps blank keys with microchips for the most popular vehicles. The locksmith will be able to cut the blank key to suit your ignition. Some locksmiths can also program the microchip in the key to talk to your computer. If they can’t program the microchip this is where you need your local auto electrician.
And yes my mate still goes to the Katherine, Low Level on Sunday afternoons but is much more careful with his keys and makes certain he has a spare locked up securely at home.
If you ever require a mobile auto electrician please visit www.terrysautoelectrical.com.au for contact details.