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Lost Car Rental Key

Locksmith

OK, if your reading this you’re probably having a problem and we want to help you. If you’re driving a rental car and you’ve just realized that you have a lost rental car key and you’ve felt that ugly “Oh No!” sensation in your chest, relax as much as you can and take a deep breath.
There are a few ways for you to get the help that you need. After taking a deep breath the second thing that you want to do is contact your car rental company and let them know that you’ve lost your car keys. They may have an extra key or key fob on hand in their office that they can get to you. If they don’t, some rental companies actually have contract relationships with a 24 hour locksmith and they may be able to send that automotive locksmith to you. Hopefully it will be a local locksmith and they’ll be able to reach you quickly.
If your rental company does not have a contract car locksmith then things have become a little more complicated, but you should still be able to solve matters. Before you move on to taking steps without your car rental company check and see if they have a “Key Code” code on file for your rental car before “ringing off” with them.
Now would be the time to get in touch with your own private car insurance provider and check and see if they have a “road side”-type program that can help you. If they do they’ll want that “Key Code” info. If you have lost your rental car keys or the rental key fob and find that you cannot expect help from your rental car company or your own insurance company you’re going to have to become more proactive.
Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through this. Essentially there are two types of automotive locksmiths. The car dealership for the make of your rental car is generally a full service car locksmith BUT they typically aren’t a 24 hour locksmith and can’t come to you. So, they usually can’t help in your situation. Now you need to find that 24 hour automotive locksmith on your own.
When you speak to prospective locksmiths make sure that they understand that, since you’ve lost the car keys or key fob that you will require a key replacement. Of course you’ll want the lowest car key replacement cost possible, but keep in mind that a cheap locksmith isn’t always the best locksmith. Check out their reviews and see if they have BBB ratings or other pertinent comparatives.

Locked Keys in Car

If you’ve got a locked car door and the rental car keys are inside your situation is better than if you have lost the rental keys entirely. In these cases, if the car keys or key fob are locked in the car trunk your mobile locksmith will be able to get the car opened for you quickly with some basic car locksmith tools. This may, and probably will, set off the rental car alarm but once your locksmith has their hands on the car keys or the key fob they’ll be able to get the alarm shut down and you’ll be on your way. The car keys or the key fob locked in the “Cab” of your rental car is the least serious and easiest to address problem of the three problems that we are presenting here.

Locked Keys in Trunk

Security technology is going to be working against you if you have the car keys or key fob locked in the trunk. In this case you will certainly require car key replacement. Few if any recent car models have a lock channel installed in the trunk, rather, the trunk can only be opened with the button in the interior of the car and then, in many cases, only when the ignition switch is in the “On” position. Your locksmith is just going to have to make you a car key duplicate. Alright, so now you’re looking for a locksmith that can get you out of this mess and this is the time to be conscious of what it is you’re going to need. You do want to find cheap car key replacement but it’s so important that you find someone who is professional and responsive to get your car keys made. So, let’s return to a few salient points; you want a proven 24/7 mobile locksmith, you want to check their credentials and it’s best IF THEY make it easy for you to do so. Be sure that you have the KEY CODE details for them. And make sure that the locksmith service you contact understands your situation and pledges to you that they are qualified to come to your location and provide you key replacement for the make and model that you have rented.

A good tip here is to ask the dispatcher that you speak with or “Live Chat” with whether or not they are a salaried employee of the locksmith company. If they aren’t, think about contacting another company. A locksmith company using a contracted answering service for dispatch indicates, to us at least, a lack of dedication and certainly implies that their response time will be slower than a locksmith using their own people for dealing with customers in these situations.

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Rekey car door lock cost

rekey car door lock

Lost car key replacement It can cost significantly less to rekey your car door lock rather than rekeying your vehicle’s ignition. It’s a good idea to ask a professional to make you a new key for your car using the car’s door lock in order to save money. You can save even more money by removing your car’s door lock and taking it to a locksmith shop and having them make a key for you there.

You can find many vehicles that share the same key for the door lock and the ignition switch lock. In fact, many mobile locksmith companies will use the door lock as a reference in order to make the ignition key for your car.
There are many tools today that professional locksmiths use to read the car’s door lock code. The most common tool locksmiths use today is called a Lishi tool.
Many mobile locksmiths will come to your vehicle’s location and read the key information from your car door lock using the Lishi tool without removing the lock from the car door. Some locksmiths will prefer to remove your car’s door lock and read the key information that way. Either way they will use your car’s door lock to make the new ignition key.

We recommend you consider using a locksmith service

We recommend you consider using a locksmith service when making a key for your car.
Using a professional locksmith company will cost about $100 to $200. Using a locksmith company will be the most convenient way to go.

Car rekey service

You can save money by doing some of the work yourself. You can remove the car door lock and bring it into a locksmith shop.

Tip:
Before you try making an ignition key for your car by using one of your car’s door locks, you will need to confirm that your previous older key was working on both the door lock as well as the ignition lock. If not, it will be impossible to make an ignition key by using the car’s door lock as a reference.

Check if you have a chip key

Check to see if your ignition switch has an anti theft system installed, (also known as a transponder chip key system), by the manufacturer. If your ignition switch does have an anti-theft system, making a key to start your car will require a professional locksmith to come to your vehicle’s location in order to connect a diagnostic key programming machine to your vehicle’s ECU, (your car’s computer), in order to register the new key to your car. You cannot program a key to your car without your car being present.

Tip:
We recommend you always make a phone call to your local dealership and ask them if they have the key information on file. In many cases it can save you money and time if they do.
Another good thing about the dealership is that you can provide them with your car’s VIN number and get information about what type of key your car requires.

Here is how you can save some money when you lost the only key to your car:

  1. Find a local locksmith shop in your area and give them a call. Ask them if they can make you an ignition key if you bring in the car’s door lock. Make sure to provide them with your car’s make, model and year for confirmation.
  2. Find the most easy door lock on your car to disassemble. We recommend that you do not use the trunk lock or the glove box lock. Remove the door lock from your door.
  3. You can find instructions on how to remove your car’s door lock online or at the auto parts store.
  4. After you have the lock in your hand, take it to a local locksmith shop and ask them to make you a new key to your ignition using your door lock as a reference.
  5. Keep in mind that in some car’s the ignition switch lock is a bit different from the car’s door lock and it will be necessary for the locksmith to provide you anywhere from two up to ten different keys and only one of them will work on your ignition switch lock even when all of them will work on your car’s door lock.

Here is a list of vehicles that share the same key between the door lock to the ignition switch lock:

  • Acura and Honda from 1975. You can find the key code stamped on any of the locks such as the door lock, the trunk lock and yes even the glove box lock
  • Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep remove car door lock cylinder
  • Ford remove car door lock cylinder
  • Isuzu remove car door lock cylinder
  • Kia remove car door lock cylinder
  • Lexus and Toyota from 2003 and up. 90% of the time you can find the key code stamped on the passenger door lock. Lexus and Toyota door locks are very easy to dissemble by unscrewing one screw using a T25 Torx screwdriver.
  • Lincoln remove car door lock cylinder
  • Mazda remove car door lock cylinder
  • Mercury remove car door lock cylinder
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan or Infiniti remove car door lock cylinder
  • Subaru remove car door lock cylinder
  • Suzuki remove car door lock cylinder

How much does it cost to rekey a car door lock?

Using a mobile locksmith company to rekey your car door can cost anywhere between $100 to $200. A mobile locksmith company will charge additional fees such as a service call fee to travel to your car’s location.
It will cost less by doing some of the work yourself such as removing the door lock and bringing it into a locksmith shop.

Key stuck in the ignition or car door lock

Ignition lock cylinder failure symptoms

If your key won’t turn in the ignition switch lock or your car door lock, you are not alone. Ignition switch lock and car door lock failure is a very common problem between many vehicles.
Here is an example of part of an ignition switch lock or a car door lock that can cause the lock to stop working:

  • Ignition switch repair

    Ignition switch

    As you can see in the picture above, this is a standard ignition switch lock with common parts that you can find on many vehicles. The ignition switch lock has parts that help to secure the lock from turning. These parts are called the lock tumbler and they are the parts that are popping out from the top of the ignition switch lock. The two brass colored strips on the side of the ignition lock are holding a part that is called the ignition sidebar.

  • Both the lock tumbler and ignition sidebar always pop out from the ignition switch lock to prevent the lock from turning.
  • Only when a key is inside the lock will those parts level up with the rest of the ignition switch lock for a perfectly smooth circular line in order to allow the ignition switch lock to turn.
  • Lock failure happens when your ignition switch lock or your car door lock has one of these two parts stuck and prevent the lock from turning.

Ignition switch or door lock, how to fix?

Ideally, the better way to fix your door lock or ignition switch lock is by replacing them completely with new locks. You can buy an ignition switch lock or a door lock at aftermarket online stores, auto parts stores, locksmith shops and at dealerships. The cost for those locks can be significantly different. To be a smart shopper it is always a good idea to shop around for those locks online. In many cases you can find differences in pricing between all these places.
Some auto repair shops such as mechanics can change those locks as well.

A convenient option is to use a mobile locksmith company. The locksmith will be able to come to your vehicle’s location which will save you time but in most cases will cost more. They can repair your ignition switch lock or your car door lock right on spot. The locksmith will have additional options to just change a few parts in the lock from actually changing the whole lock itself. That will make it possible for them to repair the lock right on spot. If you’re looking for a locksmith service it is a good idea to call a few companies to get the best price.

GM keys, how to save money:

Programming keys yourself for Buick, Chevy, Cadillac, GMC, Hummer, (only for the years 1998 until 2010).

In most cases you cannot make a GM ignition key from the car door lock, but most GM dealerships will be able to make you a key from the year 1998 until the year 2010 using your car title and your ID. What is great about GM vehicles is that in most cases you will not need to use a professional in order to program your car key even when you have no other keys.

Program GM key: (30 minute process)

  • Insert your new key into the ignition and turn it to the on position. All the dash lights should come on.
  • Do not start the engine.
  • Look for the anti-theft light. (A lock logo or a key logo or just the word theft).
  • Wait 10 minutes until the anti-theft light turns off.
  • Turn off the ignition and turn it back on so the anti-theft lights come back on for another 10 minutes but still do not start the engine.
  • You will need to have the anti-theft light come on a total of 3 times for 10 minutes, for a total of 30 minutes.
  • When the anti-theft light turns off the third time, turn off the ignition and turn it back on.
  • Now the anti-theft light should turn off after a few seconds indicating that your new key has been programmed.

Program a key copy for GM: (15 second process)

  • Insert your old programmed key and turn it to the on position. All the dash lights should come on.
  • Do not start the engine.
  • Look for the anti-theft light. (A lock logo, a key logo, or just the word theft).
  • The anti-theft light should turn off after a few seconds.
  • Turn off the ignition, remove your old key, and insert the new key.
  • Turn the ignition to the on position again. (Do not start the engine).
  • Look for the anti-theft light. (A lock logo, a key logo, or just the word theft).
  • The anti-theft light should turn off after a few seconds, indicating that your new key has been programed.

These programming instructions are for GM vehicles only and are not valid for other car makes. In fact, most other car makes will need professional programming machines/tools in order to program keys. We suggest using a locksmith or the dealership in order to program a new key. Some other car makes will have the option to program a key copy yourself, but  only when you already have two programmed and working keys. For more information on other car makes browse our website.

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Honda Civic key

Honda Key

Mile High Locksmith is an automotive locksmith company. Here we have answered some questions that are commonly asked about Honda Civic keys. After making Honda Civic keys for many years we would like to share with you some useful information about what you can do when you lose your key and have no spare, where you make a key replacement or key copy, as well as what type of key your Honda Civic requires.

Honda Civic key replacement cost

Honda Civic keys have changed over the years. To get the best quote on a key replacement, we recommend you shop around between locksmith companies and your local Honda dealership. However, before you start to call around, make sure you have this information handy:

  • Your Honda Civic’s year
  • Did your old Honda key work on all the locks? (All the door locks and the ignition lock)

Questions to ask – What is the total cost?

(Starting from the year 2001, a programming machine will need to be connected to your car’s computer, also known as an ECU, in order to program the key)

  • If your Honda key needs to be programmed, the dealership will ask you to tow the car in, where as a locksmith will add a service call charge to come to you.
  • What will the cost be to cut and program the key?
  • If the quote is for a key with the push buttons on it or if it is just a quote for a key without the push buttons. For the later years it can be that you will receive quotes for a transponder chip key without the push button on it so you will need to ask the dealership or locksmith to be specific.

Cutting a Honda Civic key:

We would like to point out one important thing you should consider when you are looking for a professional to cut your Honda key for you:
Cutting a Honda key between the years 2003 to 2017 will require a high security key machine and we recommend you make sure you only use an experienced professional locksmith company or Honda dealership to cut these keys and this is why:

  • When a high security Honda key is not cut correctly it can damage your door lock or ignition lock when you use the key. We always recommend you try your new key on one of the locks you do not use often.
  • For many years it is know that Honda has a common problem on the vehicle’s locks and ignitions and has had recalls on them.
  • What happen is that the key blade itself is stronger from the parts, (wafers), inside the lock and it can damage the lock or ignition each time you insert the key into the lock.
  • To avoid the damage make sure your key blade has been cut perfectly by a professional.
  • We recommend you only use a locksmith company or a dealership to cut these keys.
Honda Civic key 1995 to 2000
Honda key replacement
2001 Honda Civic transponder key till 2002
Honda High Security key
HO03-PT 2005-2014 Honda Civic key
Honda Key fob replacement
2006 Honda Civic key fob till 2013

Honda Civic key programming

  • Honda Civics from the years 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 will have just a simple metal key that locks and unlocks the doors, trunk and turns on and off the ignition. No key programming is needed for these years unlike with transponder keys or chip keys in the later years that do need to be programed.
  • For the later years programming a transponder chip key is required in order to have the car start. This includes the years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. From the year 2003 and up a high security key blade will be required.
  • A key fob with push buttons to lock and unlock the doors is an extra feature for the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Keep in mind that for these specific years the remote on the key is optional
  • A key fob or push to start key (smart key), is for the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Honda Key Shell replacement
2006 Honda Civic key shell replacement till 2013
Honda Key fob
2014 to 2017 Honda Civic key fob

Where can I buy Honda Civic keys?

You can by Honda keys almost anywhere including at a Honda dealership, on online stores such as Amazon, Ebay, Ikeyless and Keylessride and many other stores that sell car keys. Ace Hardware also sells these keys as well as locksmith shops. What we recommend you do is to check the quality of the key. When you buy a Honda Civic key that is not from a Honda dealership you may end up buying an aftermarket key. An aftermarket key can be a used key where the insides of the key are used parts and the outside of the key shell has been replaced with a new one. This will make it look like you have purchased a brand new key. Since aftermarket keys can be used keys, they normally cost much less than a new key and can have problems functioning right away or after a short time of use. An aftermarket key can still be a good key and can hold for many years just as a brand new key would. However, we believe you should take the risk into consideration when you are buying any aftermarket keys.

Honda Key
2016 2017 Honda Civic key

Honda Civic key code

One of our favorite types of vehicles to make a key by code for is Honda. From 1972 until 2017, Honda stamps the key code on all of the locks on the vehicle. The key code can be used as a reference to cut the key blade. The key code is not made for programming the key.
If you lose the key to your Honda, you have the option to remove one of the locks from your car such as the trunk lock, door lock, glove box lock or ignition lock. After you have the lock in your hand you can take it to a local automotive locksmith shop and have them cut you a new key by using the key code that is stamped on the lock itself. This can save you money in the end.

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Lost my car keys

Car locksmith

Mile High Locksmith is a locksmith company located in Denver, CO. We are an expert automotive company and we would like to share some useful information with you about what to do when you have lost your car keys and have no spare, or if you have lost your car keys and are worried about someone finding them and getting into and/or stealing your car.

First, you need to understand that there are many ways to change the keys to your vehicle or to have a new key made in a case where you have lost the keys to your vehicle. To begin with, we will break down your options if you are worried that someone will find your car key and will get into and/or steal your vehicle.

Here is what you can do:

  1. You can rekey your car door locks.
  2. You can rekey your car ignition.
  3. You can erase your car key electronic chip and reprogram your car key to a different code.

So which one is the best option? We recommend you chose option three. The reason is because it’s the most cost effective and the safest way to go. Let us explain why.
It doesn’t matter if you rekey your vehicle’s door locks. The vehicle manufactures intentionally make it not so difficult to unlock your vehicle’s doors whether you have the key or not. For safety reasons, the vehicle companies make it easy to unlock the doors. All you really need are the most simple tools. To unlock your vehicle’s doors, you just need to make a gap between the door and frame, take a long stick and press the unlock button. So, even if you change the locks on the doors, it will not really stop anyone from getting into your vehicle if they really want to. To rekey your ignition would also not be the best option for two reasons. The first reason is the cost. Ignitions on most vehicles are very expensive. They are also very difficult to work on. The question is why to open and change such a difficult part in the vehicle when it is not necessary at all? The second reason is if you are rekeying your ignition and not the doors, you will end up having two keys for your vehicle. One to lock and unlock the doors and another to start the vehicle.
This is why we recommend you reprogram your car key when you want to rekey your vehicle. Since 1997, most vehicle manufactures install anti theft systems into the vehicle’s ignition. This system, in simple words, has an antenna in the shape of a ring around the ignition locks and in addition, the car key has an electronic chip inside the key head. These two parts have to be able to communicate with each other in order to start the vehicle. With these two parts, you can register keys and erase keys with special equipment. The companies that normally carry this equipment are automotive locksmith companies and car dealerships.
For service, we recommend you call a few locksmith companies and car dealerships and shop around for prices.

First, be ready with your vehicle information. This information is the vehicle’s make, model and year. Second, if you are the owner of the vehicle, have your driver’s license or another form of ID, and the car title or registration or insurance card.

What to do if you lost your car key and have no spare and just want a new key made

If you are not the owner of the vehicle, you should get a letter or an email from the owner of the vehicle that authorizes you as the agent for the owner. Also, ask the owner of the vehicle to take a picture of their ID and send it to you and make sure they are available in case the technician making the new key needs to speak with them over the phone for further verification. Places that can make you a new car key will be an automotive locksmith or dealership. To save money, we recommend you shop around between locksmith companies and different dealerships. Keep in mind that most locksmith companies will come to your vehicle’s location and will be able to make you a working key right on spot. The dealership will ask you to come to them, and in most cases, tow the vehicle in.
If you have full coverage insurance, we highly recommend you call your insurance company and ask them what your options are. Losing your car key is not the same claim as an accident with an insurance company. Losing your car key is considered a part of the roadside services and will not increase your insurance rate. You will also not be liable for any deductible.
The last tip we want to provide you with is to check the rate for a second key to be made. In many cases, when you are making a key to your vehicle, it will cost half or even less than that to have a second key made at the same time.

Thank you for reading our blog. We hope you find the information here useful. If you have any other questions we did not answer here, please do not hesitate to leave them in the comment box. We will be happy to answer your questions.

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Jeep Compass keyless entry

Jeep Compass key fob replacement

What should I do if I lost my Jeep keys? What are my options? Does my Jeep Compass keyless entry have a chip and if it does, can I program it myself? What is this chip? Mile High Locksmith is an expert car key locksmith company. If you are in Denver, CO, we can provide you with our services. If you are in a different city or state, you can still use the information we provide here.

Jeep Compass key fob programming

What is this chip? How can you program the Jeep remote? From 2007 until 2016, there are two electronic chips in your Jeep Compass keyless entry remote. The first chip and the most important one will be the chip for the anti theft security system. The second chip will be for your car alarm. If you lost your keys and have no spare, you need to understand the difference between the two to understand your options. We will try to break it down for you here.

The first chip is the anti theft security system chip. This chip is made only for the purpose to start the vehicle and has nothing to do with locking or unlocking your doors or your car alarm. Which one of your chips works on a battery? The chip that works on a battery is the car alarm chip. This chip has nothing to do with starting your vehicle. The only thing it does is lock and unlock your doors and controls the panic alarm. So if you have a key to your Jeep and the key doesn’t start the car, it has nothing to do with the Jeep keyless entry battery.

Now that you understand the difference between the two chips, these are your options of getting a new key in a case where you have lost your only key.

Your first option is to get a simple key without any push buttons. This key will still have the anti theft security system chip inside of it in order to start your vehicle. The key will be easy to recognize by its grey color as you can see in the picture.
The reason to use this key is to get a working key for a lower cost. Even if you use your lost key to lock your doors and enable your alarm, by programing this grey colored key, you will turn the alarm off and be able to start the vehicle. Then you will be able to lock and unlock your doors manually and the alarm will stay off.

Gray color of Jeep key
Gray color of Jeep - Dodge key - Y164-PT

Jeep Compass keyless entry

The second option will be to make a Jeep Compass keyless entry. This key will of course work exactly the same as the key you lost. It will have the push buttons on it and you will be able to use it to lock and unlock the doors and set up the alarm.

Rekey Jeep ignition

If you want to rekey your Jeep Compass, (in simple words, change the keys), you do not need to rekey your ignition cylinder. You can just reset your anti theft system code. By doing that, anybody that has or finds your old, lost key will be able to unlock the doors but not start the engine. Reprogramming your Jeep key will be a better way to rekey your Jeep.

How to program a Jeep Compass key

First, you cannot program a Jeep Compass key yourself, unless you already have two working keys with you and you want to program a third key. If you don’t have any keys or only have one working key for your Jeep, you will have to use either a locksmith, dealership or another professional in order to program any additional keys. If you do have two working, programed keys for your Jeep Compass, here is a short guide on how to program a third key:

  1. Insert one of the two keys you have that are already programed into the ignition lock and turn to the ON position.
  2. Leave the key in and on the ON position for about 10 seconds. Make sure to leave it for at least 5 seconds but do not leave it for more than 15 seconds. After about 10 seconds, turn the key back to the OFF position.
  3. Remove the first key and put in the second programmed key that you already have. Turn the key to the ON position. Make sure you do this within 15 seconds of taking the first key out. Also, make sure it is a different key then the first key.
  4. A theft alarm light should come on after about ten seconds
    and you will hear a sound that will indicate entry into the
    “Customer Programming Mode”.
  5. Within 60 seconds, turn the key to the OFF position and take it out.
  6. Now, put in your new key that you would like to program and turn it to the ON position.
  7. After about 10 seconds, you will hear the
    sound like you did before and the theft alarm light will turn off. Wait five
    seconds and turn the key to the OFF position.

Thank you for reading our blog. We hope that we answered your questions, but if not, we would like to provide you with any other information you need. You can post your questions in the comment box at the bottom of this page and we will reply as soon as we can.

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Chevy Cavalier key

Lost Chevy Cavalier key

The Chevy Cavalier has a very simple lock and key system. Where can you get a key copy and what can you do when you have lost your key? How can you save some money by doing some of the work yourself? Mile High Locksmith ™ is an expert automotive locksmith company. We have been working for years with Chevy Cavaliers keys and locks and would like to share some information with you that we have learned over the years.

Did you know that between the years 1982 and 1994, you can find the key code stamp for your Chevy Cavalier on the ignition lock?

Chevy Cavalier key replacement

  • If you just need a key copy for your Chevy Cavalier, you can have these keys copied at many hardware stores or locksmith shops. One of the hardware stores we recommend is Ace Hardware.
  • If you have lost your key to your Chevy Cavalier, making a new key can be difficult. For the later years, you can try to have a new key made with a Chevy dealership. For the older years, most likely you will need to use a locksmith company to make you a new key. What we recommend you do is to shop around for prices between the dealership and a few locksmith companies.
  • If you are looking to save some money in the process of making a new key, one way to do this is by disassembling your ignition lock to find the key code. This can work only on Chevy Cavaliers made until the year 1994. After you disassemble the ignition lock and get the key code, you can take the lock itself or just provide the key code to a locksmith company and they will be able to make you a new key for a lower price.

What type of a key does my Chevy Cavalier require?

Below we will share with you the key blank item number needed for your Chevy Cavalier by the year. Some people find it useful when they either don’t have a dealership nearby or the locksmith in their area doesn’t have the key for your Chevy Cavalier in stock. With this key blank item number, you can order the key online at many online stores and provide it to the locksmith you use.

  • If your Chevy Cavalier was made in the year 1982, then your key blank number is 320470.
  • If your Chevy Cavalier was made in the years 1983, 1984, 1985, or 1986, then your key blank number is 320588.
  • If your Chevy Cavalier was made in the years 1987, 1988, 1989, or 1990, then your key blank number is 320652.
  • If your Chevy Cavalier was made in the years 1991, 1992, 1993, or 1994, then your key blank number is P1099.
  • If your Chevy Cavalier was made in the years 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, or 2005, then your key blank number is 597749.

Does my Chevy Cavalier key have any hidden electronic chip or need to be programmed?

No. Your Chevy Cavalier key is just a simple key in all years, and does not have any special features.

Chevy Cavalier key stuck in ignition

When your key is stuck in your ignition lock, this most likely will happen because of the key itself. What we recommend you do first is to stop trying to use this key on your car. The reason is because your key has gotten worn out over time. Another common reason that can cause this problem is because one of the parts in your ignition lock has gotten stuck.
Here are some solutions for these problems:

  • If your key is worn out, ask a locksmith to make you a new key by your car’s key code. Some locksmiths will be able to read the key cuts by just looking at the old worn out key. If your key is worn out, do not try to just make a copy of the key because this will not help.
  • If the problem is in your ignition lock, the solution for that will be to ask a locksmith to rekey your ignition lock.
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Ford Windstar Key

Lost Ford key

How and where can you get a new key replacement for your Ford Windstar? Does your car key have a chip inside of it? Did you lose the key or just need a key copy? Mile High Locksmith ™ is an expert automotive locksmith company. We would like to share some of the more common questions we receive from our customers about Ford Windstar locks and keys.

Do you have a problem turning your key in the ignition? We recommend that you make a new key by your SUV VIN number.

Key copy
Ford Windstar has just a simple key. If your Ford Windstar was made between the years 1995 and 1997, then your key has no features and can be copied at many hardware stores, locksmith shops, or even Walmart. If your Ford Windstar was made between the years 1998 and 2003, then your key can be copied only by a professional, such as a locksmith company or the dealership.

Ford Windstar lost key

If you lost the key to your Ford Windstar, the cost of a new key replacement will depend on the year of your SUV. Below, we will share a list of what type of key your Ford Windstar requires and where you can have a new key made.

  • If your Ford Windstar was made in the years 1995, 1996, or 1997, then you have just a simple key with no features. The best place to order a new key replacement will be with a mobile automotive locksmith company. A locksmith will have special tools for making you a new key especially for an older model. From 1995 to 1996 it can be that your Ford Windstar will need two separate keys. One for the ignition and the doors, and one for the trunk and the glove box.
  • If your Ford Windstar was made in the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, or 2003, then your key has an electronic chip hidden inside the key head. For Ford Windstars from 1998 to 2003, you will need to call a locksmith for new key. For years 2004 and up you will be able to get a new key either with a locksmith company or Ford dealership. The difference between the two will be the price and type of services. The locksmith will be able to make you a new working key at your SUV’s location, when the dealer will ask you to bring the SUV in.

Ford Windstar key won’t turn in ignition

It is a common problem that the Ford Windstar shares with many other vehicles. The key stops turning the ignition switch. Even when it seems that the problem is the ignition lock, you will be surprised to know that the problem can be the key itself. Even just a small modification to the key, (one that you cannot even see with your eyes), will be just enough to cause this problem. A worn out key is the most common reason why the key will not turn in the lock or even damage the ignition.
Making a copy of the defective key will not solve the problem. The best fix for this will be to make a new key by the car’s key code or VIN number. If that doesn’t help, the next thing will be to call a locksmith and ask them to rekey the lock for you.

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Geo Prizm key

GEO Prizm key

What can you  do if you lost the key for your Geo Prizm? Where can you get a new key made and how can you save some money by doing some of the work yourself? Mile High Locksmith ™ is an expert automotive locksmith company, and we would like to share some of the more commonly asked questions we receive about Geo Prizm keys and locks.

Did you know that you can find the key code for your Geo Prizm on the passenger door locks?

Geo Prizm key blank number

Geo has changed the key blank number for the Geo Prizm two times. Below we will share with you a list of what the key blank number is for your Geo Prizm by the year:

  • If your Geo Prizm was made in the years 1989, 1990, 1991, or 1992, than your key blank number is X192.
  • If your Geo Prizm was made in the years 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, or 2002, then your key blank number is X225.

Geo Prizm key code

When you’ve lost the key to your Geo Prizm and need a new key replacement, you can save some money by doing some of the work yourself. From 1989 until 2002 Geo stamped the key code for the Geo Prizm on the passenger door lock. By disassembling the lock you can find the key code and provide it to a locksmith for a new one. Some people find this very useful when they don’t have any locksmith or dealership nearby.

Tip: If for some reason you don’t find the key code on the lock, you can just take the lock itself to a locksmith shop and have them make you a new key from the lock. Actually, you can disassemble any of the locks such as your ignition lock, door locks and even the trunk lock to find the key code. Most locksmiths will be able to make you a working key to your Geo Prizm from these locks.

Geo Prizm key won’t turn

Over the years we have received calls from customers that find problems with turning their key. The most common reason we find that causes this problem is that the key worn out. The best fix for a worn out key is to make a new key by the key code and not a key copy. If that doesn’t work, the second option to fix the problem will be to ask a locksmith to rekey the lock.

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Mitsubishi Montero key

Mitsubishi key replacement

Does your Mitsubishi Montero have an electronic chip inside of it? Where can you get a new key replacement or key copy? What to do if your key will not turn your ignition? These are some of the common questions we have received from our customers from over the years and we would like to share some of the answers here.

Did you know that you can find the key code information for your Mitsubishi Montero on the passenger door lock?

Key Copy
If you need a key copy made from the year 1983 to 1999, you can get the key duplicate in many hardware stores. One of the hardware stores we recommend is Ace Hardware. From the year 2000 and up, only a professional will be able to make you a key copy, such as a locksmith or the dealership.

Mitsubishi Montero key replacement

Mitsubishi has changed their keys over the years for the Mitsubishi Montero. Below we will share with you information on what type of a key your SUV requires by the year, as well as where you can have the key made:

  • If your Mitsubishi Montero was made in the years 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, or, 1999, then your key does not have any features and are very easy to make.
  • If your Mitsubishi Montero was made in the years 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, or 2005, then your key has an invisible chip inside the key head. These keys are called transponder chip keys and besides cutting these keys, the key will need to be programed to the vehicle.
  • If your Mitsubishi Montero was made in the years 2006, 2007, or 2008, then the only way to get the key blank to the vehicle will be from the Mitsubishi dealership. You can either have the dealership cut and program the key for your, or just buy the key blank from them and have a locksmith company cut and program the key for you.

Mitsubishi Montero key programming

There is no way to program a Mitsubishi Montero key by yourself. The most common way to program these keys is by using an automotive locksmith company or the dealership. The difference between the two is the type of service and prices. An automotive locksmith will be able to come to your SUV’s location and make you a working key right on spot. The dealership will ask you to bring your car in.

Mitsubishi Montero key won’t turn

If your key stops turning or sometimes turns and sometimes doesn’t, most likely this problem is caused because of the key itself. Even just a small modification that you cannot see with your eye will be just enough to cause the key not to work. Another reason can be that one of the parts inside of the lock got stuck and is not letting the key turn.
This is what we recommend you to try. First, get a new key made by either your SUV VIN number, or key code. Do not try to just make a key copy. If that does not fix the problem, you will need to ask a locksmith to rekey the lock for you.

Mitsubishi Montero key code

Sometimes you don’t have any nearby locksmith or Mitsubishi dealership. Some people find it useful to just disassemble the passenger door lock and get the key information that way. On the passenger door lock there is the key code stamp, and you can use this key code information and provide it to a locksmith in order to get a new key. Keep in mind that from the year 2000 and up, you will need to program the key to your car with professional tools.

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Toyota Corolla key

Toyota key replacement

What can you do if you lost the key to your Toyota Corolla? Where can you get a key copy made and how can you save some money by doing some of the work yourself? Does your Toyota Corolla key have a chip inside of it? Mile High Locksmith ™ is an expert automotive locksmith company. We can tell you anything you need to know about Toyota Corolla locks and keys. We would like to share here some of the common questions we receive from our customers.

Did you know that since 1970 until 2013 Toyota stamped the key code on Toyota Corolla passenger door locks? You can take this key code and make a new key for your car.

Toyota Corolla key replacement

Toyota has changed the keys for the Toyota Corolla five times. What type of key your Toyota Corolla requires depends on what year your car was made. Below we will list the type of the keys for the Toyota Corolla by the year:

  • If your Toyota Corolla was made in the years 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, or, 2004, then your car requires just a regular simple key. This key has no features and does not need to be programed to your car.
  • If your Toyota Corolla was made in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, or 2008, then your car requires a transponder chip key. This key has a hidden electronic chip inside, and besides cutting the key, the key needs to be programmed to the car’s immobilizer.
  • If your Toyota Corolla was made in the year 2009, then you can have either type of the keys, a transponder chip key or a remote key combo. Both of these types of keys will need to be programed to your car.
  • If your Toyota Corolla was made in the years 2010 or 2011, then you can have one of three types of keys. You can have a transponder chip key, a remote key combo, or a Toyota G chip key. All of these keys will need to be programed to your car.
  • If your Toyota Corolla was made in the years 2012 or 2013, then you can have one of two keys. You can have a letter G chip key or a Smart key. Both of these key types will need to be programmed to your car.
  • To be sure what type of a key your Toyota requires, you can find out more information by providing your car’s VIN number to a Toyota dealership.

Where can you make a new replacement key or get a key copy for your Toyota Corolla?

  • If your Toyota Corolla was made between the years 1970 and 2004 and you lost the key, you can get a new key replacement with an automotive locksmith company or a Toyota dealership. The difference between the two will be that the locksmith will be able to make you a new key at your location, where the dealer will ask you to come in. You can save some money by doing some of the work yourself. If you disassemble the passenger door lock, you can find the key code stamp on the lock itself and provide it to a locksmith company and ask them to make you a new key. If you just need a key copy, you can try many hardware stores or a locksmith shop. One of the hardware stores we recommend you try is Ace Hardware.
  • If your Toyota Corolla was made between the years 2005 and 2013, then either making a new replacement key or a key copy will require a professional with professional tools. A locksmith company or Toyota dealership can do it for you. What we recommend you do is shop around for prices between the two. You can save some money by purchasing a key blank with one of the many stores online. After you receive the new key in the mail, you can ask an automotive locksmith to cut and program it for you.

Toyota Corolla key wont turn

If for some reason your key becomes harder to turn in the ignition or the door locks, it can happen because of two very common reasons.

  • The first reason can be that your key just has gotten worn out. Even a very small modification to the key will be enough to cause this problem. The best fix for that will be to ask a locksmith or the dealership to cut you a new key by your car’s VIN number or key code.
  • The second reason can be that one of the parts in the lock has gotten stuck. The best fix for that is to ask a locksmith to rekey the lock for you.