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.