Reading Auto Locksmiths can make spare car keys for most makes & models please call us for a quote
Why are car keys expensive?Immobilisers have been mandatory in all new cars sold in the UK since 1st October 1998, Early models used a static code in the ignition key (or key fob) which was recognised by an RFID loop around the ignition barrel and checked against the vehicle's engine control unit (ECU) for a match. If the code is unrecognised, the ECU will not allow fuel to flow and ignition to take place. Later models use rolling codes or advanced cryptography. The microcircuit inside the key is activated by a small electromagnetic field which induces current to flow inside the key body, which in turn broadcasts a unique binary code which is read by the car's ECU. When the ECU determines that the coded key is both current and valid, the ECU activates the fuel-injection sequence.
Why Does A Key Cost So Much Money?
Reason for the cost is tooling to make a car key Auto Locksmiths spend £1000s on tooling such as lock picks, machinery & programming software just to make a key.
Average Cost On Spare Car Keys
Cloning transponder keys from £55 to £125 deepening on make & model
Its always good to have a spare key at the ready as a car with no keys will cost a lot more than the cost of the spare key the average cost on lost car keys to cars are from £165.00 to £800.00 depending on make & model and security system
Toyota & Lexus can cost up to £2500 inc Pug 107 & the Citroen C1
Some cars like VAG, Fiat, Honda cant be cloned and have to be programmed into the car securty system which can costs more.
I have just brought a key from ebay can you cut it?
A. No sorry we do not cut keys supplied by customers reason for this is the materials the key is made from is cheap and cause more damage in the long run to your ignition or door locks and has a high possibility in snapping.
Customer called up wanting a key made for his Range Rover roof bars customer called main dealer for replacement but was quoted silly money and the dealer wanted to sell a new set off roof bars which are not cheap. One call to Reading Auto Locksmiths we had the problem fixed in under 45 minutes. The lock had to be picked then stripped down to make a key.
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Ford Transit top of the most stolen vans. Gaining entry to a ford transit takes seconds & to program a key into the system can be done in under 15 seconds at Reading Auto Locksmiths we can offer a solution for your transit van please give us a call!
Mon to fri 9.30 to 5.30 Tel: 01189 680 679
One of our customers managed to snap the one and only car key to his beloved Citroen Saxo VTR in Reading. After calling around many locksmiths in Reading he found his luck running out as most locksmiths in Reading only do Houses only. With luck he managed to find us on Google at 5 o'clock in the morning. Unable to get home from work after a long night shift. Reading Auto Locksmiths are on call 24 hours 7 days a week and we stock a large number key blanks and transponder chips for most makes & models.
Why not give us a call for a free quote for a spare car key! Reading Auto Locksmiths your local mobile locksmith service in Reading Berkshire.
We come to you either at home or at your workplace Reading Auto Locksmiths cover Reading, Caversham, Earley, Wokingham, Bracknell, Tilehurst
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Spare Car & Van Keys Cut In Reading
Reading Auto Locksmiths can cut & clone most makes and models for Car & Van keys. Do you need a spare car or van key in Reading? Then call us for a free quote on: 0118 336 0196 Please note we do not cut keys supplied by the customer and also we do not cut eBay keys.
Reading Auto Locksmiths was called to a van with lost keys in Basingstoke. Vauxhall Vivaro vans need a remote to be programmed into the vans security system. As this is the only way to turn of the alarm. Reading Auto Locksmiths had to pick and decode the lock then cut a key to the decode. Next stage was to program the key into the immobiliser system.
Snapped Mercedes Vito Key Reading
Reading Auto Locksmiths was called to a snapped key in a ignition on a 2003 Mercedes Vito van in Caversham. Reading Auto Locksmiths was able to extract the broken key, and read the cuts from the key blade. Then we copied the data stored in the head of the broken key, as this van is fitted with an immobiliser so the data from the old key. Needs to be written to the new keys via a transponder key cloning machine. This works by reading the data, and then is able to send the data to the blank transponder chip. Then we put the chip into the plastic head of the key ready to start the van. This works by a signal picked up when putting the key into the ignition from a Ariel fitted around the ignition barrel.
Reading Auto Locksmiths specialize in picking car locks. We are able to open any car which has lock. The Jaguar XF shares the same lock also found on, Ranger Rovers and Fords, the lock has 10 waffers and 5 depths with anti picks to prevent the lock from being picked. Reading Auto Locksmiths have a dedicated pick designed for the HU101 lock. The pick has been engineered to read all 10 waffers and all 5 depths so when the lock has been picked Reading Auto Locksmiths are able to read the key code through the lock.
The HU101 lock is a well designed lock the lock has a clutch built into the core plug so if the is attacked with a screwdriver the lock will just spin with the screwdriver.