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Why book a car key replacement service through Airtasker?
Getting a replacement for your lost, stolen, or broken car key is easy when you do it via Airtasker. Our platform helps you find nearby car key replacement specialists in a matter of minutes.
And since our process lets you specify your location and your budget for the job, you don’t need to worry about going over budget in an emergency or having to wait for hours beside your locked car. If it’s your first time requesting a Tasker, here’s how to do it:
First, select the “Post a task” button and fill out the task post. You’ll need to indicate your location, budget, and the details of your car. After this, tap “Get quotes”. After a few moments, you can expect offers to pop up on your screen. Take a look at the quotes, and feel free to browse through the Taskers’ customer reviews. Once you find a specialist who fits your needs, tap to confirm your appointment with a local car key replacement service. And that’s it!
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Top Car Key Replacement related questions
Yes, a car key replacement service can do this. But you’ll need to provide identification and proof of ownership before they get started. The mobile car key replacement specialist will usually ask for vehicle identification numbers and IDs, so make sure to keep these on hand. This step helps your locksmith make sure that they’re not accidentally helping someone with suspicious motives.
This depends on the Tasker you hire. Usually, though, the kinds of car keys that a specialist cover include:
- Basic keys and fobs
- Transponder keys
- Laser-cut keys
- Switchblade keys
- Smart keys (keyless entry remote)
To limit your offers to those from Taskers who can duplicate your particular car key, indicate your car model in your task post.
First, search the area, then check the vehicle. If you still can’t find the car keys (or you know for sure that they were stolen), get your vehicle information and contact a car key replacement service through Airtasker. The Tasker will ask for proof of ownership and then create a new car key - and perhaps a spare for any future emergencies. If you’re looking to up your home/garage security, consider hiring a home security expert near you.
First, locate the notch in the fob and open it using a flat-tipped screwdriver. Next, check the battery type, then simply get a new one. Next, replace the battery, close the fob, and test the key. Got car problems that are more complicated than a dead key battery? For matters like these, it’s best to consult an expert. Can’t be bothered to go to the dealership or service centre? You can get a mobile mechanic who’ll go to your location instead.
It depends. This kind of car key can be duplicated, but it cannot be “replaced” the way traditional car keys can (i.e. cutting a new one). This is because smart keys are programmed to connect to your vehicle. So if you lose it, you may need to get your car towed to a dealership or service centre, where the experts can program a new key (and erase the original key connection to be safe).
Yes, this is typically part of the protocol when getting your car key replaced since the locksmith will want to make sure that only the rightful owner is trying to get a new key. Usually, a locksmith will create a new key for you based on your VIN and car model/year/make. More advanced car keys, though, such as smart keys, cannot be replaced will require programming of both the vehicle and a new key.
What do car key replacement services include?
When you book a car key replacement service, you can usually expect a Tasker to get your vehicle details, then create a new key for your car. Depending on the kind of car you have and how modern its key is, you can expect either a quick key cutting process, some programming for a transponder-type key, or worse. You may have to get your vehicle towed to a service centre where a new key can be programmed to work with your car.
In general, here’s what you can expect when you request a car key replacement specialist through our platform:
Identification of vehicle and car key details
First, you’ll need to give the Tasker the details of your vehicle, such as the make (its brand), model, and year. If you didn’t put this in your task post, please give this information to your confirmed Tasker. This will help them determine the kind of key needed.
While you’re at it, prepare your VIN (vehicle identification number). You can usually find this on the dashboard, a rear-wheel well, at the engine block, or in your car insurance information. A VIN consists of 17 letters/numbers over budget and is only applicable to cars made after 1981.
Request for proof of ownership
Once the Tasker arrives, they’ll request for the VIN as well as proof of ownership. Have some IDs ready to speed up this verification process.
Replacing older car keys
For cars made before 1981, you’ll only need to get a new key cut. Since there’s no programming involved, a mobile car key replacement specialist can usually get this done pretty quickly.
Replacing transponder car keys
If you have a transponder key, the car key replacement specialist will cut a new one then program it to work with your vehicle. Sometimes, though, the Tasker can simply send over the new key with instructions that’ll help you do the programming yourself. This involves pressing the buttons on the key, sort of like making a code that will connect your car and its new key.
Replacing smart keys
Smart keys are a bit more complicated to work with. They’re also the most advanced of all the car key types. They’re engineered so that they’re constantly communicating with your vehicle, which improves security and makes it harder to manage when you do lose the keys. Depending on the Tasker you hire, you may need to get your car towed to the service centre. There, they will reprogram the vehicle and program a new smart key for it.
Car key replacement isn’t the only car-related service you can request through our platform. In addition, you can find mobile car service experts who’ll take care of your service requirements without having you drive to the dealership. Got more specific fixer-uppers? Our platform lets you book specialists who can deal with everything from faulty ignition systems to broken car alarms.