Auto Keys come in many versions. These keys can be traditional with cuts on one edge or cuts on both edges. Some keys have electronic chips in them, and some are all electronic with no traditional key at all. Some keys require no programming, others require the car to be programmed to fit the key, while other systems require the key to be programmed to fit the car. Some of the cars today have a key that is just a remote. These keys have to be in the car for the start button to work. Some of these systems are designed to keep you from locking your keys in the car. The locksmith community works hard to keep up with the technology in order ensure your ability to have keys made in the case of lost or stolen keys. It is always a good idea to have spares made before you are stranded without keys. Duplicate keys are cheaper than keys made from scratch.

     Traditional Keys  are generally limited to older cars (90's and earlier) although some new cars such as Hyundai and Kia use non chipped keys in some of their models. These keys can be duplicated by your local hardware store if the keys are not too worn. If they are worn down your local locksmith can cut a new key that is like it was from the factory.

     VATS keys are the original anti-theft keys that General motors started in the 90's. These keys have a resistor on the blade of the key that you can see. The main issue that these systems have is the circuits are dependent on resistance values being within a specific value. Loose connections, corrosion, broken wires, and worn keys can make the car fail. Bypass modules are easy to install on non Cadillac GM cars and cost less than $120. If you have a Vats Key it would be to your advantage to find the resistance value. This can be done with a ohm meter measuring between the resister contacts on the key. This is needed to be able set up a bypass module if desired. Call lock Doc if you would like to have a bypass module installed.

     Transponder Keys (chip keys) are the next generation of anti-theft keys. This system on most cars built in the US include a chip in the head of the key. This chip has a numeric value that the car either recognizes or does not recognize. If it recognizes the key it allows it to run, if not the computer will shut down several systems of the car. To make original keys for this system the key is made and the locksmith connects a computer to the car (usually via the OBD port) and programs the car to allow the new key to function. The locksmith may be able to erase keys if needed to keep lost or stolen keys from being used. Some vehicles erase all keys when programming a new key. There is no way to bypass the transponder system 

     European cars such as BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes, and some others use a similar system but the key has to match the car. This requires the locksmith to extract the information from the car and program the key. At this time lock Doc does not have this equipment; although soon we will be purchasing additional equipment that will do some of the European cars.

     Remote head keys are the just like the keys listed but with a remote built in to the head of the key. These keys are programmed in the same way but may need to have the remote programmed as well. The same programmers are usually used to program the remote, often at the same time as the key. Lock Doc stocks many of these keys but may need to order the needed keys. We often have them shipped overnight. Lock Doc can program and cut keys supplied by the customers but we do not guarantee keys not supplied by us. Be careful ordering online, there are many different chips and getting the right key to work your vehicle may be tricky. Very often the only difference in keys is the chip inside which may not be the one needed.

     High security laser cut keys such as Honda, Lexus, Hyundai, Kia, and some others are the ones that are cut on the flat part of the key. These keys may or may not have transponder chips in them but do require special machines to cut them. Lock Doc uses a computer driven key machine shown on the home page to cut these keys.

     Fobics are basically a plastic electronic key that is placed in a slot and turned like a regular key. These all have remotes and are programmed similar to other cars. These keys are popular on the newer Chrysler and Dodge, and other vehicles such as Mercedes. Some are dealership items but some are not. Check with Lock Doc for information on the specific cars or trucks.

Proximity keys are for the cars that have push to start buttons. These keys are sensed by sensors in the car and allow you to unlock and start the vehicle without getting the key out of your pocket or purse. They are designed to not allow you to lock your keys in vehicle; this system works well but is not 100%. Most cars have dead spots inside, allowing the vehicle to not sense the key and allowing the keys to be locked inside. Lock Doc is able to purchase and program most of these keys as well. If your battery is dead in your vehicle the remotes will not be able to unlock your vehicle, but most proximity keys have an emergency key in them. If there is no key hole visible call Lock Doc or google where is the emergency lock cylinder on your type of vehicle.

     Locked out? Lock Doc uses different tools to unlock your vehicles. Lock Doc prefers to pick the lock using the latest picks that allow us to pick not only traditional locks but also high security locks such as BMW, Honda, Mercedes,  and Lexus. Do not damage your vehicle by prying with screwdrivers; call us. Often insurance will reimburse the cost of the locksmith. Insurance will not pay for the damage from prying into your car. Years ago people used slim jims and other tools that went into the cars door to manipulate the rods connected to the locks; newer cars use cables that cannot be manipulated by those tools. Do not let someone put tools into your door! Many vehicles had airbags and sensitive sensors inside the doors. If you need a Locksmith in Robertsdale, Bay Minette, Foley,Loxley