Before starting to work on your vehicle, we will ask you to provide Proof of Ownership (Driver’s License & Car Title/Registration).
Service key (sometimes called a Test key) is a key that will operate the car but has no chip in it. This key can have a plastic head or be made of metal only.
Although this is a very cheap key, sometimes lost keys can cost more than transponder keys. Service keys are in use mainly for older cars or for test keys before cutting the transponder keys.
With older cars, VIN information is not always available. Without the key code available we may need to charge a bit extra for labor.
GM VAT KEY
An older version of the Transponder keys. The service keys in this category are used to determinate the right VAT value of the car. Each car is equipped with this system is basically a pre-program key that will start the vehicle. To find out the right VAT Value we are cutting a test key and trying to start the car each time with a separate VAT value.
This system was in use by GM, Cadillac, Chevy and many other GM models between the late 80′ to the late 90′.
This system is no longer in use and has been replaced with PK3 keys and Circle + technology, A transponder key system.
Passive Anti Theft System, owned by Ford and in use in many Ford (and some Mazda) vehicles. The PATS system has 3 generations PATS1, PATS2 & PATS3. Form also uses a PCM or HEC systems to program transponder keys. In 2011 Ford changed their encryption system and now supports 80bit encryption for the new transponder keys.
If your key stopped working and all you see now is fast red blinking “Theft” Light, try to jump start the car before calling a locksmith.
Transponder keys are keys that contains a small chip that communicate with the car. There is an antenna around the ignition switch that sends the signal from the key to the car ECU. In most cars, the wrong key will crank the car but will not start it, in some Chrysler models the car will fire up for few seconds than the ECU will kill the fuel pump.
Lexus, Mazda, Volvo, Toyota, Honda, VW & Audi started this trend and in the past few years even Ford & GM adopted this technology.
Hi Security keys (often called Sidewinder keys or laser keys) are in use and beside the funny looking keys they are just regular transponder keys.
Chrysler fob keys are in use in the past few years. The fob keys operate similar to a transponder key with one bad issue. Due to design the chip is now soldered to the main board. If you drop your fob you may cause it to stop working and has to buy a new one. There are some after market solutions to solve that problem.
NISSAN INTELLI KEY™
Intelligent Key is a Proximity key used by Nissan and Infiniti. It has all the proximity features but Toyota got the Smart Key so.. Nissan went with the Intelli-Key. Other than that the hold the same basic functions.
TOYOTA SMART KEY™
Toyota & Lexus are using that technology with the Smart Key system. A smart fob that will operate the car without actually using the key to start it. Corvette is also using the smart fobs and many other high end cars. These fobs are bit more expensive to buy than regular transponder keys.