Losing your car key fob is a stressful and frustrating experience. This means you can’t drive around, you have to pay for new keys, and if it’s lost or stolen, then that means someone else has access to your vehicle.
Having an extra set of keys on hand is the best way to prevent this from happening. With that, you might be wondering: can I make a copy of my key fob? If so, how, and also, what benefits can it offer me? In this article, we’ll help answer these questions by tackling the following:
- What is a key fob?
- How do locksmiths make a copy of my key fob?
- What are the benefits of having a spare key fob?
- What should I consider before making a copy of my key fob?
- Where can I get a copy of my key fob?
What Is A Key Fob?
A key fob is a small device that attaches to your car keys. This little contraption can be used for many purposes, such as opening doors or starting cars without having the need for an actual physical key! A keyfob may not look like much but its versatility and convenience help make everyday tasks easier by not having to lug around all different types of bulky devices or a huge bunch of keys.
The most common type of key fobs is those for cars, which you can purchase at any store in the auto section. They’re usually about as big as your palm and made out of metal or plastic with buttons on them so they know where the car door lock will be located if it’s inside or outside when opening/closing manually before pressing down on one side of the button – which unlocks it, either way, depending what position each individual left their vehicle in!
How Do Locksmiths Make A Copy Of My Key Fob?
Locksmiths have to be careful when copying vehicle key fobs because they’re not usually given the original keys by their clients. Instead, locksmiths use an optical scanner that takes a picture of the client’s transponder and deciphering circuitry on one side of it. They then shoot infrared light through another lens onto this surface while moving them around with two fingers across its mirrored underside.
These movements are translated into analog signals which correspond with all possible values for each key entry point in order to find out what code produces a “latched” or engaged signal from within. The process can take anywhere between thirty minutes and three hours; however, this can vary.
Simply put, locksmiths use a special device called a code reader which can scan the keys and generate an electronic image of them. They then take that information to make duplicates for you. Locksmiths can use specialised tools and software to create digital copies of the keys stored in your car’s memory, which they then cut for you on-site so that it works with your locking system perfectly.
What Are The Benefits Of Having A Spare Key Fob?
Have you ever lost your key fob? Without a spare, there is no way you can use your car. Imagine knocking off work and you get to your car only to find out you don’t have your key fob! Fortunately for those with an extra set don’t need to worry because when their key fob gets misplaced, or worse yet stolen, then all hope is not gone. Having a spare key fob will allow you to have another form of protection in case your keys are lost or stolen.
A spare key fob is also a great way to ensure that you never find yourself locked out. Even though many people think of their garage as more secure than their front door, burglars still break into garages just like homes by cutting through them or using power tools on windows at night when no one is home to get at your car.
What Should I Consider Before Making A Copy Of My Key Fob?
There are a number of factors to consider before you decide to copy your key fob. Consider these three things before making copies: where will you store them, how many do you need, and does anyone else have access to them? These questions can help ensure that what should only be an inconvenience doesn’t become something more serious like identity theft.
Other factors to consider include the following:
- Make sure that the person copying it has permission from the original owner.
- Consider if it’s worth having an extra set made for emergencies or resale value (depending on what type they are), as well as other factors such as proximity to work/school.
- Ensure that the keys you are copying will work with your vehicle and ignition lock before making copies of them, as they may not be identical models.
Where Can I Get A Copy Of My Key Fob?
To make a copy of your key fob, you could go to a dealer. However, the best option cost-wise is to take it to the locksmith because they will be able to duplicate it for you. If you would like more information on how this can be done or if there are other questions that we can answer, please feel free to contact us at any time! We are always happy to help in any way we can.
If you are looking for the best locksmiths in Melbourne for your lock choices, Casey Locksmiths is the preferred choice for all your locking needs.
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