Many people who have needed new car keys will tell you all about the headache of getting replacements. It can be a highly expensive, not to mention time-consuming, process. Vehicle owners can spend anywhere between $50 and $1,500 – or more – just on the replacement key alone and usually have to wait weeks for the parts to arrive from Singapore or Europe.
For years, car owners needing new transponder keys have shelled out the cash, then sat and waited….
Thankfully, those days have passed. Now, Lock, Stock & Farrell have a special diagnostic machine which can cut the wait time for Perth customers from two weeks to just one hour.
Why Did Replacement Car Keys Get So Expensive?
Until almost two decades ago, an owner could replace their car keys more cheaply and easily than any other part of the car. The proactive owner simply took the slender piece of cut metal to a locksmith, paid a small fee, and waited about ten minutes for a new one to be cut.
Unfortunately, the ease and convenience of key cutting was also reflected in the ease of hot-wiring the ignition switch. Car thieves found cars with old-fashioned keys far too easy to steal and by the late 1990s car manufacturers had begun responding to concerns from consumers and law enforcement.
They introduced a small chip which was inserted into the handle of the key. The chips emit a customised signal to the ignition when turned, which enables the car engine to start. The vehicle can only be started with the transponder’s unique signal code.
These chips have proven hugely successful in preventing car theft and are now standard on most vehicles today.
However, as a result, replacing lost, damaged or misplaced keys has become more complex – and more costly. Until now.
An Easier Way to Get Replacement Keys
Lock, Stock & Farrell can help frustrated car owners with lost keys both swiftly and cost-effectively. No more paying to have your vehicle towed to the dealership, or waiting for a new key to be made half a world away. We can reduce the wait time for a replacement key to just an hour or so.
Rather than having to order a replacement transponder key from the manufacturer in another continent, for any customers in the wider-Perth area who own an Audi, Volkswagen, Seat, or Skoda, Lock, Stock & Farrell will come to you with our special diagnostic technology.
We have a whole fleet of vans at the ready to serve customers who need new transponder keys now. Our technicians use our special diagnostic machines to synchronise a new key with the vehicle’s existing onboard computer, giving you immediate access to your car. No matter what time of the day or night, Lock, Stock & Farrell can get you back on the road quickly and at a reasonable price.
We can supply the service at a fraction of the cost most car dealerships will charge. Our transponder key prices start from $129, but you will need to supply the vehicle’s VIN number for a confirmed price.
Click here for a complete list of all vehicles that our new special diagnostic machine can work with.
In addition to replacing transponder keys, we also offer the following quality services:
- Traditional-style Key Replacement
- Lock Recoding & Repairs
- ECU Resetting Services
- Replacement Key ‘Shells’
- Car Remote Cloning & Programming
Don’t spend hundreds of dollars and up to two weeks waiting for the car manufacturer to help you get back on the road. Lock, Stock & Farrell’s revolutionary new technology gets you around the manufacturer and back in your car.
If you need an immediate transponder key replacement service, please call (08) 6350 8500 to reach our friendly, helpful team. We will also gladly answer any questions about our range of other locksmith products and services.