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.
Done a lock out on the Jag last week customer locked his keys in the boot at first the customer called the breakdown service who attended the first call the recovery man was unable to gain entry to the car as the car is in deadlock mode the recovery man then told the customer to call for a auto locksmith and then left. With lucky he found us on-line after searching around.
The Jaguar S-Type is a secure car entry was made by picking the door lock to undo the deadlocks then entry was made into the car but the boot is still unable open once in the car we can then carry out a special security technique to open the boot.
Entry to car 30 seconds
opening boot under 30 minutes
This car is pain to open the boot and is best to carry out the entry method in dry weather & in day light.
Reading Auto Locksmiths was called to a Mercedes CLK 220 over at Matalan Reading customer managed to lock his keys in the boot. Customer was told by the garage it would take up 2 weeks to order a key from Germany. Customer was not happy and could not wait 2 weeks so called around with a lot of calling around he managed to find us on google by putting in auto locksmith reading rather than locksmith reading.
When arrived on site the customer was happy to see us and even more happy when we managed to get the boot lock open.
Reading Auto Locksmiths managed to gain entry into the boot compartment without any damage to lock boot or lock.
How is it done?
Entry is made by using specialist tooling & skill to pick the lock once the lock is picked we can then take a reading from the lock and cut a key to code once key is cut pop it into the boot lock then lock opens sometimes the lock needs flushing out as most people never service the locks on the car and the lock can get sticky or jammed.