Transponder keys are considered a safety feature that is also convenient. However, misinformation about the keys have led to some serious inconveniences for some auto owners. To help you avoid those inconveniences, here are some of the myths about transponder keys and the truth.
There Is Only One Key for Your Car
Some car owners mistakenly believe that their car only has one transponder key. The idea came from a rumor that car manufacturers were only making one key to keep cars more secure and to guarantee that customers would have to keep coming back to have their cars re-keyed.
The truth is that there are several transponder keys for your car. Manufacturers know that keys are misplaced or damaged and need to be replaced. At the time your car was created, multiple transponder keys were made.
It is important to note that even if there were no copies of your transponder key available, a skilled locksmith could program a key to fit your car. The cost is usually less than what the manufacturer would charge for the same service.
An Entirely New Key Is Needed If It Is Not Working
Some car owners needlessly spend money on a new transponder key when theirs stop working. Although there are some situations that warrant a new key, not all irresponsive keys need to be replaced.
As with other electronic gadgets, the transponder key sometimes needs to be reprogrammed. Occasionally, the synchronization between the key and the ignition is lost. When that happens, a new code can be created and the transponder can still be used.
Reprogramming a transponder key is delicate work. If you are relying on a locksmith to take on this task, ensure that he or she has the experience needed to get it done.
You Can Save Money by Buying Online
The Internet has everything you could possibly need or want, including transponder keys. However, the availability of keys online does not mean you should buy one. There are potentially issues with buying online keys.
For instance, there is no guarantee of the quality of the key. You could end up with a key that cannot be programmed for your car's ignition. You would be forced to buy a new key from your locksmith and have it programmed. After it is correctly done by the locksmith, you are not only out of the cost of one key, but two. The best way to avoid this is to trust your locksmith from the beginning.