How to change car keys with chips

Car manufacturers use transponder keys, also known as chip keys, to make cars more difficult to steal. Chip keys have digital codes that allow them to communicate with vehicles equipped with transponder systems. Each key has a unique numeric code, so the correct key must be inserted into the ignition in order to start the car. Because the technology is complex, changing chip keys is more difficult and expensive than replacing other car keys.

Call your local auto shop and ask if they can cut chip keys. If possible, take your chip key to the shop and ask for a copy. An additional chip key can only be cut if one of the original keys is present.

Locksmith’s call. If you need to replace a lost smart key, you should have a professional with the right equipment create a new smart key and program the car to recognize the key.

Tell the locksmith the year, make and model of your car and ask if they have the equipment to cut and program new chip keys. The locksmith can create new chip keys for some vehicles such as Fords. You must take other vehicles such as BMWs or Volvos to a car dealership for a key change.

Call your local dealership that specializes in your vehicle brand and request a new chip key. Arrange with the dealer to have your vehicle towed to a dealership.

Provide the representative with your ID and vehicle registration documents. You must verify ownership of the vehicle before the dealership can make new chip keys.