As you can see in the picture, this key is a transponder chip key. This key is clear and lets you see how it looks inside. There is no battery, no push buttons, and normally you cannot see the parts inside the key because it is covered with grey or black plastic. As you can see in the blue square, it is just part of the key blade. The red square shows the electronic chip that actually operates more like an antenna.

Does my car key have a chip?

If you are asking this question, then most likely the answer is yes. Starting in 1997 many car makers started installing security systems in their vehicles that require a car key with an electronic chip inside. This chip does not require any electricity and does not power up with a battery. Even if you do have a battery inside your car key, the battery has nothing to do with your car key security chip, which is also called a transponder key or anti theft system.
We have seen all kinds of different videos and posts online that explain to you how to bypass the security system between your key and your car. We have also seen videos and posts that tell you how to transfer electronic chips between keys. We want to ask all of them why they would want to do that! For most cars, from 1997 to 2010, a brand new, shiny key that just came out of the oven, normally costs just a few dollars. The dealership or a locksmith will charge you only a few dollars for the key, and most of the cost will be for labor, cutting and programming the key. So it really doesn’t make any sense to do all the work they talk about in the videos and posts found online just for a key that is worth only a few dollars. You could end up spending more than this if you end up damaging your vehicle. We have actually seen customers who take out their whole ignition, buy and install a new one and end up damaging it and then they call us to come help them fix it all. They end up spending two to three times more than what they would have spent to begin with. We highly recommend you call a locksmith or a dealership and ask them to make you a new key to your car, and ask them what it will cost. We also encourage you to shop around for the best price.

Is my car key chipped?

The vehicles that might not have a chipped key are Chevy pickup trucks, possibly other pickup trucks, Saturn, Kia, Hyundai, Isuzu, possibly Chevy sedans, GMC, Toyota Corolla and Camry. But again, having a chip in the key, since 1998, is an extra feature. So it is a possibility that if your vehicle was made after 1998, your car or truck key is chipped. We give it about an 80% chance.

Here is a list of vehicle manufacturers that install anti theft systems in vehicles from the year 1998 and up:

Acura, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hummer, Infiniti, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Pontiac, SAAB, Scion, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.

What is this chip?

This chip has nothing to do with your car’s door locks or your car alarm, (also know as a keyless entry). In fact, most people don’t even know that this chip exists until they lose their car key.

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