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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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Chevy Malibu Key Fob

Chevy key fob replacement

Some Useful Information From Mile High Locksmith®

Mile High Locksmith® is a full service locksmith company that has been in existence for many years. And one of our areas of expertise is automotive locksmithing. Honesty as well as a commitment to being genuinely helpful in as many ways as possible is a hallmark of the locksmith industry and we take this opportunity to be helpful to owners of the Chevy Malibu. The first Chevy Malibu appeared in 1964 and is still in production today. As most Malibu owners already know, there have been A LOT of changes to the car in those 54 years! Of course, some of the many changes in the Malibu have been in the car’s ignition, key/key fob and security systems. We will address those systems in this article and offer you guidance on how to have Chevy Malibu key made.

Old Chevy Malibu simple metal key

1964 to 1978 Chevy Malibu simple metal key

In earlier days the key for the Malibu was a simple metal, mechanical key but with the introduction of the transponder key and the Chevy Malibu key fob the key/ignition system has become considerably more complex and it behooves the Malibu owner to be familiar with this. For this purpose we will assume that we are not talking about the “Collector” Malibu’s from the pre-1978 period. So the following will be a detail of types of Malibu keys from 1978 onward and we will walk you through the steps for Malibu key replacement, how to program Chevy key with original key and how to program Chevy key without original key. Please note the “programming” will get a little elaborate and we want to make sure that you understand the process.

Chevy Malibu Key Replacement

Chevy Malibu Key Replacement by the year

For Malibu’s built in 1978, 1979, 1980,1981, 1982,1983,1984, 1997, 1998, 1999,2000,2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 the key will be a straightforward mechanical key. These keys have no electronic component and require no programming. These will be the simplest and least expensive keys for the owners to manage and, when necessary, to replace.

For Malibu’s built in 2006, 2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012, and 2013 there will still be a mechanical key but these keys will have an electronic “Chip” built into them that will dictate that a specific key must communicate only with a specific car. This type of key is referred to as a“transponder key” and it is a nice anti-theft feature but the key must be programmed to the car or else the car will not start. Don’t worry, we’ll take you through that process (see below) and make it clear for you whether your skills will allow you to perform the work or if it will be better for you to consult a professional.

For Malibu’s built in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 you are most likely to have a key fob. You might think of the key fob system as a “keyless ignition”. The programming of these key fobs is generally a process best left to the professionals either at a GM dealership or a professional locksmith.

Chevy Malibu Key replacement, Key blank reference number

The following is a very valuable reference tool for Malibu owners: to insure that you have the correct mechanical key, transponder key or key fob you will need this information. You probably know that in the case of a mechanical key an appropriate “key blank” is required to produce, or “cut” the key that you need. Similarly, an appropriate “blank” is required for the transponder keys and even for the fob, though for the fob it’s not actually a mechanical blank but it’s still called a “fob”. Below are you “Key Blank” reference numbers (KBR#).

  • 1978-KBR#: Ignition GM J, Door GM K
  • 1979-KBR#: Ignition GM A, Door GM B
  • 1980-KBR#: Ignition GM C, Door GM D
  • 1981-KBR#: Ignition GM E, Door GM H
  • 1982-KBR#: Ignition GM J, Door GM K
  • 1983 & 1984- KBR#: Ignition GM A, Door GM B
  • 1997 to 2005- KBR#: B91-P (blank creates key for both ignition & door)
  • 2006 to 2013- KBR# B111-PT (transponder, chip key for both ignition & door)
  • 2014 to 2018- KBR: Flip Key Fob

How can I make a new key for Chevy Malibu?

There are two principal was ways to get replacement Chevy Malibu keys made and that key replacement depends on the year that your Malibu was built.

  1. You can contact your local GM dealership and ask them to make the replacement for you. But keep in mind that you’ll have to have your car towed to the dealership and you’ll have to provide the dealership with proof of ownership (likely the title) and a picture i.d.
  2. Or you can contact a reputable local mobile locksmith and have them come to your vehicle and make you a new key right on the spot where you and your vehicle are.

Chevy Malibu key replacement cost

Of course, these replacements can be costly. Let’s just make some general comparisons in that regard. To get a mechanical key made at the dealership the dealer will usually charge about $20.00 whereas the mobile locksmith will charge about $100.00 because he must charge you the mobile fee. But consider that you will have to have your Malibu towed to the dealership and the typical charge for a 5-7 mile tow is $30.00 to $100.00 and the compared expenses between a mobile locksmith and a dealership start to flatten out pretty quickly. Conversely, for the transponder key the mobile locksmith will usually charge about $150.00 where the dealer will charge about $300.00 and then there is still the cost of the tow added to that. And again, for a key fob the locksmith will charge about $180.00 to $300.00 while the dealer will charge about $400.00 to $500.00 and there’s still the added cost of the tow on top of that. So keep all of this in mind when to take your decision on which way to go.

But there is sometimes another option- saving some money by doing the work yourself!

There are two ways to save some money on your Chevy Malibu key replacement cost by going DIY.

  1. Finding your key code yourself and having your key made by a professional locksmith (the better choice) or at a key making kiosk in a hardware store or mall.
  2. Programming your Malibu transponder key yourself.

Chevy Malibu key code location

To start saving money on your Chevrolet Malibu key replacement cost, dealer replacement fees, vehicle tows and even locksmiths you must first find the key code for your Malibu that will give you the correct key cut.

  • For the 1978 to 2002 Malibu’s the key code will be stamped on the ignition switch. Once you have that code you will be able to contact a key maker or locksmith (your better choice) and have him cut you a new key by using that code. He will need the year of your Malibu to do this and you will have saved money by not summoning the mobile locksmith.
  • For the 2003 to 2005 Malibu there is about a 50/50 chance that you will find the key code on the ignition switch. If you don’t find it there you’re going to have to call in an expert.
  • For 2006 to 2018 Malibu’s your essentially out of luck because there is no key code information anywhere on the vehicle at all. For those Malibu’s the dealership or locksmith will have to use your car’s VIN number to generate the key fob and that’s going to be more costly.

Program Chevy Malibu key

Can you program a Chevy Malibu key yourself? The short answer is “Yes” if you are dealing with one of the transponder keys. The following is only applicable to transponder keys and you need to know what you’re doing so let us help you out there. It’s fairly easy to program a transponder key to the Malibu as a master key you’ve lost both your main key and your spare and it’s easier still to copy a key program if you do have a working key.

In the event that you have no keys at all to the Malibu you’ll have to program a new master key, which will erase the old keys so if you find the lost keys please understand that they won’t work after you program the new “master”. Before you initiate the process of programming the new master key make sure that your car battery is 100% charged and then follow the steps below. Remember, the following procedures apply ONLY to the transponder key systems.

For a new master key:

  1. Once you have found your key code number and have had a new transponder key cut insert that key into your ignition and place the key in the “On” position BUT DO NOT START THE CAR. You are in the process of programming the key, not running the Malibu. Using a timer or watch leave the key in the “On” position for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on the “Theft Warning Light” on the dashboard as it will be on during these 10 minutes.
  2. When the theft light goes out turn the ignition off. Now turn it back on (the theft light will come back on) and repeat the 10 minute “Key In The “On” Position” procedure. When the theft light goes out, once again, turn the ignition off.
  3. Then, one more time, repeat the steps above so that a total of 30 minutes have passed in the programming procedure. When the theft light turns off the third time your new master key should be programmed.

Copy a new key copy from an existing key:

  1. Insert a PROGRAMMED key into the ignition and turn the ignition to the “on” position without actually starting the car.
  2. Count slowly to 10 or 15.
  3. Turn the ignition to the “off” position and withdraw the programmed key.
  4. Insert a new, correctly coded key that you want programmed to the car and turn the ignition to the “on” position without starting the car. The theft light on the dashboard will light up.
  5. Wait at least 5 seconds and the theft light should go off. When it does turn the ignition to the “off” position. The new key should be programmed to your Malibu at this time.

We at Mile High Locksmith® hope that this article has been practical for you and has provided you with useful information. One thing that we would recommend to the reader after all that has been said here is that, as you are trouble shooting your own key and ignition problems, if you reach the point where you sense that you have gotten beyond your level of competence be sure and get in touch with a professional at the dealership or at a mobile locksmith. That’s the wise way to handle this trouble shooting on your own.

Watch for future articles on automotive key and ignition systems from Mile high Locksmith®. And we hope that you keep yourself and your family safe and your belongings secure.

 

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Acura Key Fob

Key Replacement

Honesty and fair play are the hallmarks of the Locksmith profession. Adhering to those hallmarks is very important to us and we believe that disseminating accurate and useful information to consumers is one of the best things that we can do for both the consumers and for our profession. We are Mile High Locksmith and we have been in business since 2002 and maintain a prestigious A+ rating from the BBB and we want to make it a point in this article to give the Acura owner the very best in general and applicable key and key fob information that we can.

The first thing that we wish to alert you to is that Acura keys and key fobs are somewhat more complex to manage than most keys and fobs. We highly recommend that if you lose a key or key fob or have one wear out on you that you consult either an Acura Dealership or a fully mobile Acura locksmith service. Acura owners should be aware that there is a great deal of specialization that comes with the Acura key and the Acura key fob. Please allow us to take some time to make sure that you, as an Acura owner, have a complete understanding of the keys and fobs, the Acura key fob battery which we always have in stock, how to program Acura key fob and the typical Acura key replacement cost.

Acura Key Fob Replacement Cost

Acura Key Fob

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The Acura owners first cost consideration is whether or not to get your replacement Acura Key at Dealership. The Acura key/fob cannot be “programmed” without the car present. So if you use a Dealership it will usually entail having to have the car towed to that Dealership, which is an added cost, and in many cases having to wait for an appointment to open up in the Dealers maintenance work schedule. By the time you pay for a tow and the service at the Dealer it is not uncommon for your bill to be around $300.00. Add to that the possibility that it might take a couple of days to get the service performed and you’re looking at expenses in money and time. And as the old saying goes- “Time Is Money”.

On the other hand, when you choose a fully mobile professional locksmith they come to you. A 24/7/365 mobile locksmith, and most professional locksmiths that supply car key, ignition and fob services are 24/7/365, brings all of the tools and assets with them in their service vehicles that the Dealerships have which can allow you to avoid the tow and perhaps having to wait on line for the service to be scheduled. The right mobile locksmith can usually be with you within an hour of your call and have the situation with your key or fob rectified in under an hour. And in the end the mobile locksmith typically charges you around half of what the Dealer would.

Acura Key Fob Programming

At this point you may be asking yourself whether or not you can avoid all of the time and expense by just running down to the local hardware store (or a cheap and unprofessional key seller) and having them stamp you out a key or sell you a fob over the counter. The short answer is “No”. Acura is a car maker with a very deep dedication to anti-theft technology and only a professional can make you a key or fob because Acura requires the technician to use key programmer tool “onboard programming” to make their keys and fobs work. Now, from 1997 to 2018 the Acura key code location has been stamped on every lock on the Acura vehicle and a non-professional locksmith can cut a mechanical key for the car without having an original key to format the newer key from. BUT the non-professional still cannot program the new key. This is because since 1997 Acura has produced and supplied Transponder key, or another name for it “Chip key keys and fob devices and in the newer models “Smart Proximity” keys and key fobs for all of their models. What “Smart Proximity” means is that there is a “Chip” or “Transponder” in each key and Fob that “Talks” to the car. In other words, the car and the key/fob recognize each other and if they don’t recognize each other the car won’t start. Originally the “Chip” was in the mechanical key itself or in the plastic fob on the top of the key. This, for example, was true of the MDX model for 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 AND 2014. But the transponder program has evolved over the years from being installed in the physical key, to being installed in the vehicle security door opener fob, to being installed in a fob built onto the key and as of 2014 in some models there is no longer a mechanical key to the car or a key channel in the steering column at all! Some models do still have the mechanical key, these being the lower end units (TL, TSX), but the up end models (RDX, MDX) have the keyless fobs for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Now, that said, there are sometimes options in your choice of a key. For instance, in the 2012 MDX you can choose to have a key without the remote door opener installed in it and this will be a less expensive key. But you can also have a key with the remote opener inside the fob that is part of the key and that will be a more expensive option. And then there are models and model years, like the 2013 and 2014 ILX, where you just don’t have any choices offered by Acura and you have to install the key or device that they require. In all of these cases we counsel you to shop around both in terms of the dealerships and the available professional locksmith companies to insure that you are getting the best advice and the best possible price for the service and for overall expense. So be certain to factor all of this into your decision making process when it comes to both dealerships and mobile locksmiths.

You can see that the Acura key/fob system is fairly complex and is clearly something that needs to be done right. So, please be advised that Locksmith companies will offer you mobile locksmith units responding to Acura key/fob calls that are fully equipped with everything that is required to solve your problem. The Locksmiths programming device attaches directly to the car’s ignition system which tells the locksmith how to cut the key when one is required or exactly what steps are necessary to program the key or fob to the car. When the key is programmed to the car the key is then “registered” in the Acura database which is another security feature. For the mechanical keys which have to be cut locksmiths strive to use only Acura produced key blanks. There are however times and circumstances where they have to substitute a non-Acura made product but these are rare and only occur when the circumstances dictate that they get the key made or fob programmed immediately.

Finally, let us politely point out that there are also circumstances that are not uncommon when an Acura owner may have neither lost nor damaged his/her key or fob but it would still be best to have another key or fob produced for their vehicle. We strongly recommend that every vehicle owner have two keys or fobs for each vehicle owned. In that case if a starter device is lost or damaged you have the second one as a back up and you are not trapped without your car. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Locksmiths are happy to come to you and get the second starting device created for you in case you only have one. And remember, Most locksmiths will have a mobile service 24/7 and so come to you at your convenience while the car is sitting in your driveway or some other safe location, do the work and hand you the key.

So, for key and key fob services for your Acura, decide which is the best option for you- the dealership or the mobile locksmith- and if you do decide to employ the locksmith find the best one in your locality (we suggest that you look for that A+ BBB rating) and you’ll have a quality locksmith on your site to get you rolling in your Acura again in the least amount of time and for the least amount of money possible.

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Subaru Outback key

Subaru key replacement

Did you lose the key for your Subaru Outback? Who can make you a key without the original? Where can you find the best price and what should you watch for when you order a new key replacement for your Subaru Outback? Here are some tips:

The cost for a new Subaru key and where you can make a new key for your Subaru will be determined by the year of your Subaru Outback. These keys are very different between the years. Below, we will break down what type of key your Subaru Outback requires by the year.

Subaru Outback key fob replacement

What is the difference between a Subaru Outback key fob and a fob that is separate?

  • A key fob is a key that is one unit and has the push buttons on it. This is different from a fob where the key and push buttons are separate. (See picture above). The key fob is plastic and has push buttons to lock and unlock the doors, open the trunk and has a red panic button. Subaru started to make key fobs for the Subaru Outback starting in the year 2008 and continues into 2017 models.

What if the fob is separate from the key?

  • If your Subaru fob is separate from the key and has the buttons to lock and unlock the doors and a button to open the trunk but no red panic button then you have just an old fashioned fob. This fob has a different electronic chip and different programing procedures from the key fob that you will find with newer models of Subaru Outbacks.
    Subaru made these types of fobs that are separate from the keys in the years 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Subaru key replacement
Key for Subaru Impreza Forester Outback 05-06-07

Where can I find the key code on my Subaru Outback?

How to save money by doing some of the work yourself

  • You cannot find any key codes on Subaru Outback locks or ignition locks. If you lose your key and are wanting to save some money by doing some of the work yourself, you can remove the driver side or passenger side door lock or the ignition lock and take it to a locksmith shop. You can then ask them to make you a key from the lock itself. This key will work on the rest of the locks as well.
  • Subaru Outbacks from the years: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 share the exact same key between the driver side door lock, passenger side door lock and the ignition lock.
    These keys are just regular keys without a transponder chip key feature or anti-theft system and no programming is needed.
    In these years you can have a locksmith make you a key from the lock and you are done. The key will start the engine as well.
  • Before you remove the lock and take it to a locksmith shop, confirm that your older key was the same key that worked on both the door lock and ignition lock. It is possible that over the years one of the locks has been changed and these keys do not match anymore. If one of the locks has been changed it will be impossible to match the key between these locks without removing all of them.
  • From the year 2005 your key will need to be programed by a professional and your car will need to be present. We recommend you hire a professional to make you a new key replacement for your car.
Subaru key replacement
Key for Subaru Impreza Forester Outback 2000-01-02-03-04

Subaru Outback key replacement cost

  • If you lose the key for your Subaru Outback, there are two places that can make you a new key. The first place will be a Subaru dealership and the second place will be a locksmith company. It is always a good idea to call your neighborhood Subaru dealership and ask them what the cost will be to get a new key replacement. Especially for a Subaru Outback from the year 2004 and older. In these older years, you can just pick up the key from the dealership without bringing in your car. The dealership will ask you to bring proof of ownership.
  • The second place you can get a new Subaru Outback key made will be with an automotive locksmith company. A locksmith company will be a more convenient way to have a new key replacement made, especially if your Subaru Outback was made in the year 2005 or after. The reason is because the locksmith will have mobile locksmith services and will be able to bring the programing machine to your car’s location and make you a working key right on spot.

How much will it cost?

Prices between a Subaru dealership and a locksmith company can be different. The locksmith will add a service call fee when the dealership will ask you to bring the car in which will add towing fees.
If you have full coverage insurance, we recommend you call your insurance company and find out if you have roadside assistance for locksmith services or towing.
Since the prices for service are different between different locksmith companies and even between different Subaru dealerships, we recommend you call a few Subaru dealers and a few locksmith companies and shop around for the best price.

Subaru Outback key differences

  • From the year 1989 to 2004, your Subaru Outback has just a regular key without any features. No programing is needed. The key part number is X251.
  • Subaru Outbacks in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 have a transponder key. This key needs to be programed to your car in order to start it. The key part number is SUB4-PT.
  • Subaru Outbacks in the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 have a high security transponder key. This key needs to be programed. The key part number is DAT17T13.
  • Subaru Outbacks in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 have a key fob.

Information: If you have lost your Subaru Outback key and your Subaru was made in the years 2015, 2016 or 2017, we strongly urge you to verify your OEM part number using the VIN number with a Subaru dealership before any work is done. If you are using a locksmith company, make sure that the locksmith can match the part number you received from the dealership before he tries to program a new key. Making a new key replacement for your Subaru Outback without first verifying the OEM part number with the dealership for these years can cause damage to your car’s computer.

Subaru key replacement
Special key for Subaru Forester Outback SR12-PHT
Subaru key replacement
Subaru Outback key fob
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Jeep Wrangler key

Jeep Wrangler Key replacement

Jeep Wrangler key fob

Who can make a Jeep Wrangler transponder/chip key?

You have come to the right spot for everything you need to know about your Jeep Wrangler key. Mile High Locksmith is a locksmith company with many locations in Colorado. With our convenient locations in Denver, Littleton, Boulder, Loveland and Colorado Springs, Colorado, we have a location near you. We have been making car keys for Jeep Wrangler for many years and would like to share some information with you that may help you in a case where you have lost the only key that you had or you already have a key and just need a spare key made.

Does your Jeep Wrangler key need to be programmed to your car?

Jeep Wrangler key replacement

Jeep Wrangler Locksmith

There is a big chance that no, your Jeep Wrangler key does not need to be programmed. Even though that in any book we have it says that your Jeep Wrangler key is a chip key and that this chip key needs to be programmed to your Jeep in order to start it, we have actually found over the years that many Jeep Wranglers do not have the transponder chip anti theft key feature installed. In simple words, most Jeep Wranglers only use a simple metal key. There are a few different ways you can find out if your Jeep Wrangler has the chip key:
Call a Jeep dealership and provide them with the vehicle’s VIN number and ask them if your Wrangler has a transponder/chip key.
If you Wrangler has a key fob, (a key with push buttons to lock and unlock the doors), than yes, your key has a chip and needs to be programmed.
Do you see an anti theft light on your dashboard? If your key is a chip/transponder key, than a theft light should show on your dashboard for a few seconds when you insert the key and turn the ignition. The theft light can also be a good indicator to let you know if your key is damaged. If you do have a key and it is not starting your Jeep, look for the theft light. If the theft light does not turn off after a few seconds when the ignition is in the ON position, then your key is damaged or not programmed.
What color is the plastic on your key head? If your key has black plastic on the key head or no plastic at all, than the key has no chip. If your key has a gray color plastic on the key head than your key has a chip. Keep in mind that the colors of the key will be only 90% accurate.

Who can make a Jeep Wrangler transponder/chip key?

Jeep Wrangler key fob

Making a key for Jeep Wrangler

There are two places you should check prices and services at to get a new key made:
The first place is at a Jeep dealership. The dealership will be able to make you a key by the VIN number. However, you will need to tow your Jeep to them as well as provide proof of ownership.
The second place to check is an automotive locksmith company. With a locksmith company you will have the options to either tow your Wrangler to them or use their mobile locksmith service. Most locksmiths will charge an additional trip charge/service call to drive to your Jeep’s location.

If your Jeep has just a simple key and does not require a chip/transponder key and you have lost the key, where can you get a replacement key made?

Both a Jeep dealership and a locksmith store will be able to make you a replacement key. Even when it is not necessary to come to your Jeep’s location in order to make a replacement key, a mobile locksmith will travel to you for an additional service call fee. If you lost the only key you had and your Jeep Wrangler does not have the chip key system installed, the locksmith or the dealer will require only proof of ownership without your Jeep physically being there in order to make you a new replacement key.

Wrangler key fob
Jeep Wrangler key programming
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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
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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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Fix broken Honda key

Honda key fob replacement

From the year 2003 to the year 2012, we have been repairing Honda key fobs in the Denver metro area. The types of Hondas we repair key fobs for are Accord, Civic, CR-V, Element, Fit, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline.We are talking about the key fob with the push buttons to lock and unlock the doors with the red panic button. Honda has been making these keys that often times fail for many years. The reason these keys fail is because there is only one small screw that holds the key blade and the plastic together. The plastic is big and weak and the blade is smaller and stronger. I don’t know how they didn’t see the failure coming.
In fact, we have seen so many of these keys break, that first we would like to tell you not to blame yourself because it is the quality of the key that is to blame. Second, there is a way to repair the key at a low cost and we will try to explain how in the most simple way we can.

Honda key fob shell replacement

Honda key fob shell replacement

Replace Honda key shell

At first, as you see in the picture, you can buy a Honda key shell for just a few dollars online. These shells have been made for any type of a Honda key fob. Whether you have more or less buttons on your key fob, Honda makes shells for both. You cannot just buy the right shell for your Honda and fix it yourself. The reason is because the blade is attached to the shell permanently and you will have to have the high security blade cut by a professional. The only part that you can replace yourself will be the inside part. Some key fobs will have one part inside and some will have two parts.

So obviously, the part you are replacing between the broken key fob to the new key shell is the inside part with the push buttons. Most of these parts will have everything inside of them and you will not need to replace anything else besides this part. Some of the Honda key fobs will have two inside parts. The first part will be the part with the push buttons on it and the second part will be an additional electronic chip. As you see in the picture, the green square is where the second electronic chip is located. This chip is the one that makes your car start, so be very careful with it. It is kind of difficult to get it out, so we recommend you just break the plastic around it and be very gentle with the chip inside. After you get this chip out, install it in the new shell.

Honda key cutting

Your Honda key, in professional terms, is called a High Security key. Not just any locksmith can cut this key for you. Only locksmiths that have specific machines for High Security car keys can cut these keys. As you can see in the video, this cutting machine points a laser to a key in order to cut the key from the inside out. That is what makes this key a High Security key.
When you fix your key by replacing the broken key shell with a new key shell, you are basically taking your existing electronic chip that is already programed to your car and installing it in your new key shell. This means that besides cutting the key, you do not need to do anything else.

Honda High security key copy

We hope that you find the information on this page useful. We always like to hear comments from our readers to help us improve information on our website. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in our comment box below. We will reply as soon as possible.

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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 Grand Cherokee key replacement

Key Replacement

How do you make a spare key for your Jeep Grand Cherokee? Where can you buy and program Jeep Grand Cherokee key fobs? Why did your Jeep Grand Cherokee ignition switch stop turning and how can you get it fixed? What should you do if the actual key is broken? Mile High Locksmith is an expert Jeep Grand Cherokee locksmith company located in Colorado at four convenient locations. We have shops in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Loveland. We would like to share some information with you about Jeep Grand Cherokee lock and key services, as well as some other pieces of general information.

Jeep Grand Cherokee key fobs

Jeep Grand Cherokees that were made between the years 1998 and 2004 will have a key fob remote that is separate from the key itself. These key fobs are relatively inexpensive and are usually between $30 and $60. They can be found to purchase on many websites online and some of the websites we recommend include, ebay.com, amazon.com, ikeyless.com and keylessride.com. To program this fob, you will either need the help of an automotive locksmith or a Jeep dealership. You will not be able to program it yourself.

Jeep Grand Cherokees from the years 2005 to 2007 have a key fob remote that comes as one unit with the key. To program these key fobs, you will have to use an automotive locksmith or Jeep dealership as well. The cost between a locksmith company and dealership are usually different. The prices cannot be matched. The reason the prices cannot be matched is because the locksmith and the dealership use different tools and resources to cut and program the key. What we recommend you do is shop around for prices between the two.

Some Jeep Grand Cherokees from the years 2008 to 2017 will have a smart key. The smart key can be cut and programmed by an automotive locksmith company or a Jeep dealership. Again, we recommend you check around for the best price between the two.

Spare key for Jeep Grand Cherokee
Where and how to make a spare key for a Jeep Grand Cherokee all depends on what type of a key your Grand Cherokee requires. Your Jeep Grand Cherokee will have one of four different types of keys. The four different types of keys are regular keys, transponder chip keys, key fobs and smart keys. For example:

A regular key, or what we like to call an old-fashioned key has no extra features and is just a regular metal key. These keys can be copied in many neighborhood hardware stores such as, Ace Hardware, The Home Depot, and even at Walmart. Your local locksmith shop will also be able to copy this key for you. Before you are heading on your way to make your key copy, call your neighborhood store to make sure they have the duplicating machine. Jeep Grand Cherokees that are from the years 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998 will have this type of key.

Starting in the year 1999 all the way until 2017, most of the Jeep keys will be transponder keys, also known as chip keys. However, sometimes we still find that until the year 2003, a Jeep Grand Cherokee can still have just a regular key. An easy way to know the difference is by looking at the color of the key head. A regular key will have a black color whereas a transponder key will have a gray color. If you do have a transponder key and want to make a copy, a hardware store will not be able to help you. You will either need to call or go to an automotive locksmith or go to a Jeep dealership to cut and program a transponder key.

Jeep Grand Cherokees from the years 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 have the transponder, (chip key), and these keys need to be programmed to your Jeep’s immobilizer. Although, between 1999 and 2003 you might have a key that does not need to be programmed. Remember, a good way to be able to tell if your transponder key has the invisible chip inside that needs to be programmed, just look at the key’s head color. A black color means it is not a transponder key, and a gray color means it does need to be programmed.

What does the transponder key do?

The transponder key has a hidden chip inside. This chip is programmed to your Jeep’s immobilizer and has a wireless connection between your key and Jeep. The immobilizer is a part of your Jeep’s security which is called an anti-theft system. In simple words, if your transponder key is not programmed to your Jeep’s immobilizer, the anti-theft system will block your gas pump. This means that you will be able to use the key to open the vehicle’s doors, turn the ignition switch and crank the engine, but the anti-theft system will not let the fuel get to the engine.
How to program a third key

(You must already have two working keys in order to program a third key).
1.Make sure you have two working keys with you and the third key you want to program already cut.
2.Insert your first old programmed key into the ignition and turn the ignition to the ON position. You will see all the dash lights come on. DO NOT start the engine.
3.Leave the key inside the ignition on the ON position for at least 3 seconds but no longer than 15 seconds.
4.Turn the ignition to the OFF position and remove the key.
5.Repeat the same exact steps with the second old programmed key. After about 10 seconds, when the second key is still in the ON position, a chime will sound.
6.Turn the ignition to the OFF position and remove the key.
7.Now you can insert the new key that has not been programmed and turn it to the ON position, but still do not start the vehicle.
8.After about 10 seconds, you will hear the chime sound.
9.Turn the ignition back to the OFF position and then turn it back to the ON position again for another 5 seconds.
10.Turn the ignition to the OFF position and remove the key.
11.Your new key has now been programmed.

You can program up to eight keys to your vehicle by repeating these steps.

Jeep Grand Cherokee key won’t turn in ignition
It is a common problem in Jeep Grand Cherokees that the ignition switch will not turn. The reason is is that these ignitions have a common problem with one of the wafers inside the ignition cylinder getting stuck. The best fix for this problem is to call a locksmith and have them re-key the ignition cylinder. Another problem that can cause the ignition to stop turning is a worn-out key. Making a key copy will not fix the problem. What we recommend is to have a locksmith company or Jeep dealership make you a new key either by your Jeep’s VIN number or by key code.
TIP: If your ignition switch is becoming harder and harder to turn or the key is getting stuck and it’s hard to pull it out, stop using this key. Call a locksmith or dealership and have them make you a new key. In many cases this will fix the problem.