Types Of Car Keys: Which One Is Right For You?

There are many reasons why you might need a replacement car key — the transponder stopped responding, the old key broke in the car’s ignition, your keys were stolen, or you lost your keys. Whatever the reason, knowing which type of car key is best for you is important when choosing a replacement. 

After deciding, contact the locksmiths in Gainesville at Be Secure Locksmith. We specialize in all types of car key cutting and key making. Get in touch with us today to schedule locksmith services

Traditional Vs. Laser-Cut Keys

Traditional-cut car keys remain the most popular type of car key, and many locksmiths use the same technique to cut these keys as regular keys used for safes, homes, and ordinary locks. However, laser-cut car keys are growing in popularity and most new cars use them over traditional keys. Laser-cut car keys offer numerous security advantages; their lock cylinders are more difficult to pick compared with traditional car keys and also are hard to duplicate since they are made using expensive high-tech laser cutting machines and highly specialized software.

Common Types Of Car Keys

The four most common types of car keys include the following. For more information about which car key replacement is right for you, contact our professional locksmiths. 

Transponder Keys

These are car keys with a computer microchip on the handle to help prevent key fraud and to alert security. Transponder keys might be laser cut or mechanical depending on the vehicle’s make and model.

Smart Keys

This type of car key uses computerized sensors and microchips for opening and starting a car without needing to actually use a key. All you need the key with you and your car unlocks and starts due to the key being nearby.

Vehicle Anti-Theft System (VATS) Keys

This is a mechanical cut key with a blade that has a black resistor on it with one out of 15 potential values for additional security. Some people mistakenly think a resistor is a computer chip. However, VATS keys do not have any computer technology.

Valet Keys

This type of car key is slightly modified so you can operate the door locks and ignition but not be able to open locked trunks or glove boxes. They are issued with a transponder key or standard smart key.

Why Get A Car Key From Our Gainesville Locksmiths?

Getting a car key replaced by our experienced auto locksmiths is the better choice for vehicle owners. Unlike the car dealership, our locksmiths can replace your keys in a convenient and timely manner at a lower price! If you lose your keys and don’t have a way to start your car, our team can come to you and provide emergency services and replacement — no need to have the car towed. Need a new car key? Contact Be Secure Locksmith today.