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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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The Brinks Digital Deadbolt

Cheap keyless door locks

A product assessment review from Mile High Locksmith®

Brinks Locks

It’s a Digital world these days, and it will be a more Digital world tomorrow. Digital devices and technology are improving many industries and devices and making those devices easier and more convenient to use. That’s certainly true in the area of home security and it now even extends to the residential digital keyless door lock. A great many reviews on-line now report very favorably on the keyless door locks for home. Modern folks just like not having to carry a house key and the keyless option is becoming more and more popular.

Brinks door locks

Brinks hardware

An excellent and cost effective option in the realm of keyless door locks are the Brinks door locks and Brinks security locks. Brinks has been in the security business since 1859! So you can be confidant when you purchase Brinks door locks and Brinks hardware that you are getting one of the best affordable products on the market.

The “Keyless” function in the Brinks locks is an option, there is a key channel and a key provided with each lock but the digital keypad allows the owner to refrain from carrying a key. They have deadbolt level security, the convenient keypad access, they are easy to install and program and have an “Auto-Lock” feature that locks the door after a pre-programmed period of time that is loaded via the “Master Code”. The Brinks security locks are powered by 4 AA batteries and come in an attractive Satin Nickel finish. The Brinks locks can serve as either a keyless front door lock or a front door key pad lock and of course can be installed on the back or any other door that can take a deadbolt-style lock. In the case of a multi-door installation you can hire a qualified locksmith to set the Brinks locks keyed alike so that you have all of your locks working with the same key (remember, there is a mechanical key with each lock so this would be an arrangement where you only needed one mechanical key for all of your locks).

Cheap door locks

We mentioned that that the Brinks door locks are cost effective and affordable. But we want to assure the reader that they are not cheap keyless door locks in the sense that they are poorly made or undependable. They are not “Cheap” in that sense. They are a safe and dependable product brought to you by a very well established American company and we recommend them as a less expensive alternative to some of the more expensive keyless door locks that are on the market.

You should feel perfectly comfortable installing Brinks door locks at your home.

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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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Lost GM key replacement 1990-2005

Old GM key replacement

DIY: GM vehicles that required  VAT keys and how you can save some money by doing the work yourself.

From the year 1990 up to the year 2005 some GM vehicles require a VAT key in order to start them. Here is a list of GM vehicles that require VAT keys and some information on how you can save some money by doing the work yourself.

Keedex Micro Vats tool

How to find vats resistance without key

  1. Cut a functional mechanical (non VATS) key for the ignition
  2. Insert the key into the ignition
  3. Slide the Micro VATS unit over the head of the key
  4. Use the selector switch on the Micro VATS to determine which of the 15 values (It is necessary to wait between attempts 4 minutes)
  5. The correct one will start the engine.

Vat key list by vehicles make model and year

Buick key

  • Buick Century 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 or 2005
  • Buick Lesabre 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 or 1999
  • Buick Park Avenue 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 or 1996
  • Buick Reatta 1990, 1991 or 1992
  • Buick Regal 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 or 2005
  • Buick Riviera 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 or 1999
  • Buick Roadmaster 1994, 1995 or 1996

Cadillac key

  • Cadillac Allante 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 or 1993
  • Cadillac DeVille Concours 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 or 1999
  • Cadillac DeVille 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 or 1999
  • Cadillac Eldorado 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 or 2003
  • Cadillac Fleetwood 1993, 1994, 1995 or 1996
  • Cadillac Seville 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 or 1997

Chevrolet key

  • Chevrolet Camaro 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 or 2002
  • Chevrolet Caprice 1995 or 1996
  • Chevrolet Corvette 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 or 2003
  • Chevrolet Lumina 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 or 2001
  • Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 or 1999

Oldsmobile key

  • Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 or 1999
  • Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 or 1996
  • Oldsmobile Aurora 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 or 1999
  • Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 1994, 1995, 1996 or 1997
  • Oldsmobile Toronado 1990, 1991 or 1992

Pontiac key

  • Pontiac Bonneville 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 or 1999
  • Pontiac Firebird 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 or 2002
  • Pontiac Grand Prix 1994, 1995 or 1996

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.

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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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Rekey locks after closing

Same key for all door locks

Why should you rekey your door locks after closing?

It is a very common thing for people to hire a contractor to improve their home before they put it on the market. These contractors in many cases will need access to the home even when the home is vacant to finish their work. The contractors do not always return the keys and who knows if one of the employees did not make a key copy. Maybe the previous owner’s roommate, spouse or kids still have a key to your newly purchased home. It is always better to be safe and change the keys when you move in just to keep a peace of mind knowing that no one has your house keys.

Rekey vs new locks

How much does it cost to rekey a house and will changing locks on a house cost more?

Rekeying your house doors using a locksmith service can cost anywhere from $10 to $30 for each lock, plus a locksmith service call fee and labor fee. We recommend you consider buying new locks and this is why. If you have locks from the manufacturers Schlage, Kwikset, Defiant or Emtek on your doors, you can buy the same manufacturer’s locks in a 4 pack of locks. These locks are already keyed to the same key and cost about $30 to $60 for each pack depending on the manufacturer. This option will let you change your locks from old locks to new locks, allow you to change the color of the locks, come with a manufacturer warranty and will  have the latest technology for locks on the market. You can buy the locks from the  manufacturers Schlage, Kwikset, Defiant or Emtek at most of the hardware stores such as The Home Depot or Lowes, order them online from websites such as Amazon or Ebay, as well as buy them at your neighborhood locksmith shop. For more information on buying new locks visit our page Cheapest way to rekey locks. The lock manufacturers Schlage, Kwikset, Defiant and Emtek make these locks easy to install using their installation guides. The packages of locks will always have a small instruction book attached and all you will need are a few very simple tools  for the installation. These manufacturers also have full support if you have any questions on how to install them. You do not need to be a professional locksmith in order to install these locks.

Schlage lock
House keypad door lock

Latest technology door locks

After you close on a new home, it is a good idea to look into the latest technology for door locks. A lot has changed. Most locksmiths and realtors will suggest that you rekey your locks after closing but we recommend you look into keypad locks, keyless locks, bluetooth locks from Schlage locks, Kwikset locks or keypad WIFI locks from LockState.

Keyless door lock
WIFI Door Lock

WIFI door locks from LockState

Have you ever had the nagging feeling you forgot to lock your door? With the WIFI door locks you can check if your house door is locked, lock or unlock your door using a computer, tablet or your phone from anywhere in the world just as if you were standing by your door using a traditional key. No more getting locked out from your home. Allow people to enter your home with a temporary code. No need to hire a locksmith to rekey your doors in the future.

When should I consider hiring a locksmith?

  • When you just want to rekey the existing locks on your doors.
  • If you have more difficult locks to work on such as French door locks.
  • If your house doors are old it can be a challenge to change the locks yourself.
  • Just for a more convenient way.

Hiring a locksmith will be the most easy option when you either want to rekey your locks or when you are replacing your locks. A locksmith will have the experience and additional tools. We recommend you always use a locksmith for your home projects, but after that being said, it is possible to change your locks yourself and we would like to share with you some tips in case you decide to change your door locks yourself:

  • Size. To avoid modification problems try to measure your old locks and buy the same size locks.
  • Try to keep the same manufacturer’s locks
  • Make sure your door is not more thick than a normal door. It can be a challenge if your door is thicker.
  • If you have a metal door. It is easier to install a lock on a wooden door and can be difficult on a metal door.

Another good tip is to have a locksmith on speed dial just in case when you are trying to install a lock yourself and decide to let the professional finish the job.

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Schlage locks

Schlage lock

The best lock for your home

Schlage deadbolt

It is time to move on! Every generation is changing with the technology, and yes the locksmith trade is changing too.

Best security lock for wooden front door?

If you are the owner of a house or a condo or if you are living in an apartment, using a key to lock and unlock your door may not be your best option. Of course the opinion on this will change depending on who you ask.

There are two leading manufacture lock companies in the United States. These companies are Schlage and Kwikset. It is safe to say that you can find Schlage locks or Kwikset locks, or even locks with a different brand name but still owned by one of those two companies, on about 70% of homes in the country.

The difference between Schlage locks and Kwikset locks is the quality of the locks, (how many years the lock will work on your door), as well as the design of the lock. There is a very small difference in the level of security, but as far as security goes most Schlage locks or Kwikset locks really share the same type of security level.

Schlage key

Kwikset key

Key copy

Schlage locks and Kwikset locks have been the leading lock manufacturers for homes in the United states for decades.

Both Schlage locks and Kwikset locks use simple keys that are easy to copy almost anywhere including hardware stores, locksmiths shops, Ace hardware, The Home Depot, Lowes and even at some Walmarts.

If you are wanting to install new Schlage or Kwikset locks, then we as a locksmith company recommend you look into keyless locks and this is why:

  • You can change the access code on the lock yourself without spending locksmith fees.
  • If you are out of town and someone needs to access your home you can provide them with a temporary code that you can erase at a later time.
  • No more losing the key and paying for expensive emergency locksmith fees in a case where you get locked out.
  • You can open the door with your smartphone without using the keypad from anywhere in the world.

Why to buy a lock with a high security key when you can buy a lock with no key at all?

Recommend lock:

Schlage connect lock, Control access with your smartphone

  • Fingerprint resistant – works in the rain and with gloves
  • Sleek profile without sacrificing strength
  • Choose up to 30 different codes
  • Lock or unlock from anywhere
  • Receive alerts when specific codes are entered
  • Connect with z-wave
  • Alerts: receive alerts when lock tampering or forced entry.

For more information on installing new locks on your door please give us a call or email us at: milehighlocksmith@gmail.com

If you have more questions you can post a comment at the bottom of this page and we will try to respond to you as soon as possible.

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Toyota Prius Smart Key

Toyota key replacement
Toyota push to start
Program Toyota smart key
Toyota Prius key replacement
Toyota key replacement

Toyota key code lookup

You do not need to contact anyone really to get your Toyota Prius key code. The key code has no use beside just providing you with the information for cutting the key blade. This key code has nothing to do with programming your key to your car. To get the key code all you really need is a T25 Torx Screwdriver in order to release the screw from the passenger door lock. If the passenger door does not have a lock, use the driver side door.

Toyota door lock
T25 screw for Toyota door lock

Toyota Prius smart key replacement

Mile High Locksmith is an expert automotive locksmith company located in Denver, Colorado. We have been working on Toyota locks and keys for many years and would like to share some useful information about Toyota Prius smart keys.

If you just need a key copy, or if you lost the key and need a new key replacement, or if you’re not sure who has your key and you would like to rekey your car, here are your options:

Push to start

Toyota key replacement

First, you cannot replace the key, program the key, or key copy your Toyota Prius smart key yourself. For any of these services, you will need to contact either an automotive locksmith company with the right equipment to program proximity smart key systems, or contact a Toyota dealership.

Your Toyota Prius smart key has two parts. The first part is the fob itself, or in professional terms, you can call it a proximity key fob. The second part is the emergency key, (smart key insert), that been created to only unlock the door in a case the push buttons on the key will not work.

Program Toyota smart key fob

Your Toyota anti theft system is built in a way that if you have an existing key and you would like to just add a key you will be able to add up to four keys in the system. If you lost the key and have no spare key, in order to program a new key replacement, the locksmith or the dealership will need to erase all of the keys from the anti theft system memory and program the new key with a different code. By doing that your new key will become the master key for the car.

Rekey car locks

In a case you would like to change the keys for your Toyota Prius, all you really need to do is erase all of the keys from the anti theft system memory and reprogram either your existing key or a new key to your car. By doing that the key will receive a different code and any key that was not reprogramed will no longer work.
Before you replace your key or make a key copy you will need to know that from 2010 to 2016 Toyota has made four different types of keys for Toyota Prius.

Key insert

The key insert has no chip and will not require any programming. In order to cut the key, you will need to contact either a Toyota dealership or an automotive locksmith company with a high security key cutting machine. For an example you can watch our video we have shared.

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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

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