Car Keys

Car keys are without a doubt but precious objects with so much importance and opinion over your car. It is used for ignition, opening and locking car doors as well as the trunk.  Aside from being saddled with the responsibility of opening, closing doors, and sparking your car to life, it also plays a considerable role in the security of your vehicle. With the rapid evolution in the design of car keys, security components have been added to new prototypes.  This is a welcome idea; but while the different options on car keys seem endless, it is imperative that we go through and outline some of the car keys available to the market for you.

Conventional Car Key

These are the traditional car keys with metal ignition edges and a plastic groove that gives a holding surface to the key. Most automobiles using the conventional metal car keys do have separate keys for ignition and door/trunk opening. One good thing (maybe bad) depending on how you look at it, is the fact that these keys can easily be cut and duplicated by a local locksmith.

Chip Key/Transponder Keys

Also known and called transponder keys. The chip key is electronically wired and has an electronic microchip that is housed in a plastic encasement and is electronically encrypted. Transponder keys are designed to enhance security, and so, they are difficult to duplicate.    The chips in the key are matched with the vehicle code. it identifies the code on every use to give access to the car, and also to ignite the engine. The chip functions alongside an activated radio signal; which is sent from the vehicle. In most models of a vehicle using the transponder key, several attempts to ignite the car’s engine with the wrong key can automatically shut down the entire system of the vehicle

Remotes keys

Remote controlled car keys are designed to give access to the owner, start the engine and open/lock the tailgate and turn on/off the alarm system of the vehicle using a remote. Remote controlled cars use either an infrared signal or a radio transmitter to send encrypted messages to the receiver which is inside the vehicle. In some cases, remote-controlled cars have a spare metal key (switchblade) which can be used to bypass the remote controlled operation of the vehicle.

Rolling Codes Key

While transponders are built to send the same encrypted signal to its receiver, the rolling code key is designed to carry new codes to the car each time it is to be used. So, this, therefore, means that a separate code is sent at every usage. Common problems with the rolling code and transponder keys lie when the battery is weak or if there is interference to the car responding, you might need to move closer to it a bit. Where every possible alternative fails, it’s a clear indication that it is time to contact your local locksmith like us to get you back on the wheels in no time.

Keyless Entry Systems

This type of car security system doesn’t require a physical key to gain access to your car. All that is needed here is a remote or a keypad usually located around or on the door handle. In most cases, keyless entry systems do have an additional key or a push button that starts the engine.

Valet Key

These are specially designed additional keys that are meant for use when your car is with a valet. Valet keys are only intended to turn the engine on but can’t open the trunk. Also, the valet key restricts the amount of power supplied to the engine, as this prevents a valet worker from taking your vehicle on a free ride.

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