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How Do I Replace My Car Keys If I Don’t Have a Spare?

Life is chaotic sometimes. Every day seems to pull us in at least twelve different directions. It is hard to try and manage everything some days, but we all try our best. Of course, mistakes are bound to happen, but we try to manage them as much as possible.

One of the biggest headaches that people might have to deal with is the loss of car keys. You obviously need your car key to operate it, but if you don’t have a spare, then what do you do? Replacing the key isn’t as simple as getting a new key and driving away. We’ll walk you through the steps for replacing a car key.

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The first thing you need to do is remember what type of car key you had. Most cars produced after the late 1990s will have a programmed transponder key. These keys are designed to match your specific car and nothing else, which is great for security purposes, but it is a pain to replace. You will have to buy a new key if yours is completely lost and program it into your car again.

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Key in the ignition of a car


Newer cars have keyless remote entry systems that don’t really need a physical key for the ignition. It is convenient, but both of these key types are stressful to replace. Without a spare to copy, you will likely need to go to the service center at a dealership to replace it. You will need to provide some information about your car, such as the VIN and in some areas proof of registration to you, to help them accurately make a copy. This might also be the perfect time to have a spare made just in case the worst happens again.


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Key Services in Yuma, AZ

The technicians at Alexander Toyota can certainly help you get back into your car with a new set of keys. All you need to do is let us know what the problem is and schedule an appointment. If you have any questions, then please give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.