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Have you lost your BMW car keys? Is your faulty BMW transponder key causing consistent ignition problems?
If you are tired of issues such as these, contact California Keys Locksmith today. We will provide you with a duplicate key or repair the transponder key for your BMW should you need immediate emergency assistance.
BMW or Bavarian Motor Works is one of the most popular automobile companies. This German-based company was founded in 1916. BMW is also the parent company of the Rolls Royce range of cars.
BMW is known for producing the best luxury vehicles that provide optimal performance. BMW cars also have some of the best security features. The company introduced high security chip keys in their cars in 1955. Although
BMW cars are tough and well secured, certain parts of the car such as the BMW ignition key are vulnerable to problems.
If you face any starting problems with your BMW car keys, you must immediately get help from an expert locksmith that provides BMW ignition repair services. If there is any problem with the BMW chip key, you may face problems starting your vehicle. If the problem persists, you need to get a new key for your BMW or get a new ignition installed for your car.
At California Keys Locksmith, we have the best technical experts who are trained in repairing the high-security BMW key. They are also experienced in performing BMW ignition repair. We also specialize in repairing BMW transponder keys.
Our car keys have an uncanny ability to get lost inside coat pockets or underneath couch cushions — or to disappear altogether. Before the 1990s, this disappearing act wasn’t a big deal. You could get a replacement key at any hardware store or locksmith and, of course, the car dealership. But that ease of making a new replacement key also made it easy for a thief to steal your car. These days, advances in key fob technology have made vehicles more difficult to steal, but the price has been costlier car key replacements.
Here’s a rundown of what you’ll face in the way of cost if you have to replace your key, along with some alternatives that could lower the bill. The prices quoted here are for Santa Monica, California, but parts and labor costs in your region will vary.
Basic Keys and Fobs
On most modern cars, an electronic key fob — also known as a remote or transmitter — is an integral part of the key set. The cost of replacing a key fob remote can range from $50 to over $100 depending on the automaker and complexity of the design. All key fobs need to be programmed. Some dealerships will do it for free, while others will charge a half-hour to an hour of labor.
But there is a way around this fee. Most key fobs can be programmed with a specific combination of button presses on the remote and key turns in the ignition. Some owner’s manuals will show you how to do it, and you can also find this information online.
Finally, you can purchase aftermarket key fob remotes online or from a locksmith. Like most aftermarket products, the quality will vary, but they are a less expensive alternative.
After the mid- to late 1990s, manufacturers began placing a transponder chip in the plastic head of the car key. The chip emits a signal to a receiver in the ignition. If this “immobilizer” detects the wrong signal — meaning that the wrong key is in the ignition — the vehicle will not start.
A transponder shank is either a basic car key or a laser-cut key (more on laser-cut keys later). The major difference between a basic car key and a transponder key is that the chip in the transponder key must be programmed before it can start the vehicle. All dealerships have the machines necessary to program the key. Some might program it for free, but others will charge up to an hour of labor. Most auto locksmiths should also have these machines.
In some vehicles, the transponder key and the fob are an all-in-one unit, which adds to the price of the car key replacement and limits the places you can find a replacement.
We checked the price of a basic transponder key on an older Ford F-150. The dealer quoted us $160 for the new key and an additional $75 for the fob. If you go to a locksmith, expect to pay about $20 to $30 less.
A potential low-cost alternative for access to your car is to order a basic car key without the transmitter. This key will do everything but start the engine and can come in handy if you ever leave your keys inside the vehicle.
If you’re the type who frequently loses car keys or locks them inside the car, you might be able to save money on the programming by creating a third car key to have as a spare. If you already have two car keys, a number of vehicle brands will allow you to program a third key on your own. You can have a locksmith cut this new key and then you follow the procedure for programming, which can frequently be found in your owner’s manual. If the manual doesn’t show you how, try searching online for the procedure. Try “How to program a (insert your year, make, model) key” as your search terms.
Our searches found a method that is said to work on many domestic vehicles. Insert one of your two working keys and turn the ignition to the “on” position for at least 3 seconds (the car does not need to be started), then repeat the process with the second key.
Now insert the new third key and again turn it to the “on” position for another few seconds. This step should program the extra key. But before you try this method and spend money on a key, we suggest you check with the dealership or your local automotive locksmith to see if the process is one that will reliably work with your car.
You can tell a laser-cut key apart from a basic car key because the shank is slightly thicker and has fewer carved-out grooves. Laser-cut keys are often referred to as sidewinder keys due to the distinctive winding cut on the shank. The machines needed to cut these keys are significantly more expensive than standard key-cutting machines and are not as likely to be found at every locksmith or hardware store.
Laser-cut keys also have built-in transponder chips, and they need to be programmed at the dealership or by a locksmith, preferably one who is a member of the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA). You can search for a certified locksmith near you by visiting the ALOA website.
If you have any problem starting your BMW or face any ignition problems, California Keys Locksmith will solve them for you. You can visit our website or call us on 714-230-1000 for BMW ignition repair or for a new BMW transponder key.
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