Programming a Replacement car key
How do you program a replacement key?
All modern cars are fitted with a diagnostic socket, this enables specialist computers to interface with the car. We use this socket to plug in either main dealer manufacturer tools or our specialist key programming computers. Once connected to the car we have the ability to program a range of ecu's (electronic control units or computers) fitted the the vehicle, however the control unit that contains the immobiliser is the one we need to program a replacement car key.
Can i use a secondhand car key?
Unless the key has been programmed to your car before the answer is no, and with some vehicles like fiat or Alfa Romeo sometimes keys that have missed a programming cycle (weren't present when key programming was carried out) can no longer be programmed back to the vehicle.
The reason for this is when you program a new key to a car immobiliser it locks the transponder in the key to that car. NEVER buy a second hand key thinking it can be programmed to your car ... you will just waste your money.
Can you reprogram my original car key?
On the whole the answer is yes, there are a few exceptions but most cars will allow original keys to be reprogrammed.
Do you stock replacement car keys?
Yes we do, at replacement car keys we have a comprehensive range of car van and truck keys including remote keys for most common vehicles on the road. If your remote car key is not in stock we can usually get it in 24 hours and in a lost keys situation and the unusual event we don't have your remote key in stock, we can get you up and running so you can drive your car, then return to program the remote key.