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"CHIP-READY" TRANSPONDER KEYS FOR 21ST CENTURY CLASSICS
or chip keys are a whole new challenge for owners wanting extra keys,
or to replace missing keys.
It is no longer enough just to send us a
photo of an existing key, or a key code, and get a new key ready to use.
| TWO ISSUES|
|WHERE TO START|
| BACKGROUND |
To replace a transponder (chip) key involves two separate issues-
MECHANICAL - a key cut or milled so it will turn in your locks (this is how all keys used to be).
We can provide the mechanical part of your requirements - provide a key
and cut it to your (mechanical) code, after decoding your own key, if
that is needed. We proudly continue to guarantee our keys, decoding and
cutting to provide you with the best available keys service for both
older and modern classic cars and motorcycles. We mill (cut) almost all
automotive key types - flat, "laser cut", "sidewinder", dimple, Tibbe.
ELECTRONIC - you will need a microchip that fits into the head of our key and have the chip programmed to the vehicle (to the engine immobilizer anti-theft system).
We generally do not deal with
the electronics in keys because the programming of new keys has to be
done with an original key present at the same time-- not possible by
The good news is that many
transponder chips - especially older-technology ones - can easily be
programmed in a special machine by reading the chip code from an
existing key and transferring it to a new chip. More and more
locksmiths and key cutters, even the ones in shopping malls, stock the
chips and have a programming machine.
The first step to getting a new key is to take your original key to
these shops and let them test it. They will tell you if they can supply
and program the chip you need. If they can, you are ready for the next
step: Keys4Classics can supply a high quality "chip-ready" key and cut
or mill it to code, so the mechanical part of the key is done. When you
receive our key, check that it turns your locks OK and then take the
new key back to the local shop to have the chip programmed and inserted
in the key head.
Generally we supply the key without the chip, just the space in the
head where the chip will go. That way there is a clear division of
responsibility between ourselves (for the mechanical part) and the chip
supplier/programmer (for the electronic part). However, we can often
supply fully chipped (but not programmed) keys when necessary.
We source only the world's best quality keys, cut them to code with
great precision, and fully guarantee our keys and our cutting. Our
"chip-ready" keys cost a little more than the older ("20th century!")
non-chip keys. Our decoding and cutting/milling fees are the same.
From the late 1990s (mid 1990s in Europe) vehicle manufacturers began
introducing a new technology into their keys: transponder or
"electronic chip" keys. A transponder key exchanges radio signals with the ignition system,
and without the correct exchange the engine will not start, even if the
key turns the ignition switch. It provides a great counter-measure
against car thieves, but it is also harder for owners to obtain new
working keys for their vehicle.
Will our "chip-ready" service work for all vehicle makes/years/models?
No, unfortunately not. If you cannot find anyone to duplicate or
program a transponder chip then you may have to go to an authorized
dealer for your vehicle and order a new key from them. Or you could try
just getting a chip and programming from the dealer to add to our key,
there should still be a cost saving with that.
Some vehicle marques have "closed system" keys and you will not be able
to replace them except through a dealer, and even then there are
restrictions on the number of times you can replace keys. Also, some
keys integrate the key blade, microchip and remote (fob/buttons) into
the one key and this type of key may not be available except as an
You are probably already aware that transponder keys from a dealer can
be expensive, so hopefully there is an alternative solution for your
|"CHIP-READY" TRANSPONDER KEYS FOR VOLVO
S40, S60, S70, S80, S90, V40, V50, V70, V90, XC70, XC90 (most years)
also the last years of models 850, 950, 960 etc requiring a chip key.
Contact us for details.
|"CHIP-READY" TRANSPONDER KEYS FOR SAAB 9-3 AND 9-3, 1998-2003 APPROX. Contact us for details.
|"CHIP-READY" TRANSPONDER KEYS FOR "21st CENTURY" JAGUAR (all models after about 1997/98, and Sovereign after 1996) XJR, XJ8, X-TYPE, S-Type. Contact us for details.
are a separate technology to remotes where an exchange of radio signals
enables you to undo the door and trunk locks without inserting and
turning a key. Most remotes can be programmed easily with
do-it-yourself instructions. At this time we do not supply or deal with