"Smart Keys": What You Need To Do To Avoid A Lockout

Posted on: 20 June 2018

Losing your keys is never fun, but it can be even more stressful if you have a transponder key, sometimes referred to as a smart key. These keys may offer convenience and security benefits, but they are also expensive to replace. If you have recently purchased a car with a smart key, the following tips can save you frustration and money later on. 

Tip #1: Get a spare door key

Many modern smart keys have keyless entry and push button starters, but there is still a keyed lock on the door. The emergency key is usually tucked into the transponder and released with a button. This, of course, does you no good if you have misplaced your keys or if they are locked in your car. You can have spares made of the entry keys by any locksmith, and generally for only a few dollars each; this is because most entry keys don't rely on the transponder chip. If you have spares made, you can keep one at home, at the office, or in your wallet so you have one if you need it.

Tip #2: Pay for a spare transponder 

Depending on your car, it may be less expensive to purchase and program a spare transponder if you already have a working one. This is because the settings can be copied from your existing transponder key instead of having to reset your car's keyless system to a new key. Another option with some makes and models is to have a bypass key made. These are designed to bypass the transponder system completely. Although more expensive than a standard key, they still cost less than a replacement transponder. Generally the dealer is the most expensive option when it comes to transponder keys, so it makes sense to research local locksmiths first in order to save money.

Tip #3: Plan ahead 

Finally, contact some locksmiths in your area. Know which providers are able to help with key replacement and car lockout services for a car of your make and model. Not all locksmiths have the equipment or knowledge for every type of car or variety of transponder technology. By learning who can help you in the event of a lockout, you can save yourself some work and worry if an emergency does occur.

A little bit of planning and foresight can go a long way toward ensuring a car lockout is nothing more than a minor inconvenience. Contact a local locksmith for more help.