Car Keys in Arlington Virginia
You lost your only car key and looking to get a replacement key made? Do you call the dealership or a locksmith? Here are a couple things to consider before making that decision.
Calling a locksmith won't always save you money. The rule of thumb is with a working key and can drive your car, make sure you ask your dealership for a quote first.
A locksmith can really help when you're stuck without a key after dealer hours. Especially if it is not safe to leave your vehicle overnight. Safety should be your main concern but many people lose their keys at home and can wait. We all need our car and almost panic when we lose the key.
Usually programming needs to be done at the vehicle, you probably will have to tow it to the dealership. This takes time, effort and money. Locksmiths can make you a key wherever you are.
If the ignition has been changed or rekeyed it will have to be replaced. This is when a dealership will cost more and you should consider calling a locksmith. We can replace your ignition at a reasonable cost. For some cars a dealer will require a new computer module (very expensive) to be installed. Some locksmiths can instead "reboot" or "reflash" your computer which costs less.
Make sure you check these things out before you spend your money. Some companies tell you a lower price to get your business. Sometimes, you can get a plain metal car key copied or made for cheap at a key shop or dealership.