Transponder Keys


What is a "High Security" Key? 

The term "High Security" in automotive keys basically refers to the type of blade the key has. Regular automotive keys are either single sided or double sided cuts meaning they are either cut only on the top (single sided) or on the top and bottom (double sided). These types of keys can be cut with a basic key machine or key duplicator, unlike high security keys which are "milled" down the center of the key blade using a high security key machine with a special cutting blade. (see pictures included in this posting)

People may not even realize that their cars have high security automotive keys, because there may not be any buttons to press, or even a battery to change. Automotive High Security keys have actually been around for more than 20 years. 

Which vehicles have High Security Keys? 

Nearly all car manufacturers today have some or all of their models equipped with High Security keys. Lexus vehicles came equipped with high security keys ever since they introduced the LS model back in 1989. VW began using High Security Keys in some of their cars in 1998, with the majority of their vehicles being equipped by 2000. Honda Motor Co. began using high security keys on most models in 2003. More auto manufacturers have begun to equip their vehicles with high security keys over the past few years. 

What does this mean for you? It means the cars are becoming much more difficult to steal, but it also means that the keys are much more difficult to cut (the reason we have invested in this specialty machine to cut these difficult to cut keys). 

There are a few makes and models however which are dealer only when it comes to getting replacement or duplicate keys made. This means only the dealer can provide you with a new key. We however can provide and program keys or the majority of high security key models. Call us and see if we can save you lots of money compared to the highly inflated dealer prices for extra or replacement high security keys. We can often generate new keys even if you lose all of your existing keys.

How can I get extra high security keys or get new HS keys if I lost my other keys.

Simple. Call us at Bowling Locksmith Services 757-653-6317. We have the equipment to cut new High Security keys for you.

High Security Keys


What is a Transponder Key?

Transponder keys are commonly used by a variety of automobile manufacturers in their newer model year vehicles because they provide an added security for your vehicle. The keys themselves may not appear much different than a standard all-in-one key fob, however the technology inside makes them far superior to standard automobile keys.

Transponder keys are specially designed to provide a higher level of security by placing a signal emitting “chip” inside the key. When the ignitions is turned on this chip is activated when it receives a signal from the computer in your vehicle, which is known as the ECU, or electronic control unit. Communication between the key and ECU is required to start the vehicle. If the coded message coming from the key chip is not present or incorrect your vehicle will not start or will shut down shortly after staring. This technology greatly increases the security of your vehicle’s ignition, as it cannot be started by any other means.

Transponder Key Programming

Replacing a transponder key for your vehicle is not as simple as getting a new key cut to match your ignition. While some transponders can be programed if you have one or two existing keys and follow a specific set of instructions if you lose all of your keys or have a car that does not offer on board programing a locksmith or dealer will have to use special equipment to tap into your cars computer and program new keys.

Why do Transponder keys cost so much?

The proper tools, training and key blanks are all required to make a key properly. When choosing a locksmith ask lots of questions and check them out thoroughly. Also, beware of on-line gimmicks selling discount keys. There are many on-line companies selling phony unusable keys and remotes much cheaper then maybe you were quoted. The old adage, ‘If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.’ should be adhered to. Push to start cars operate on the same principle and basically rely totally on the transponder portion of the key to prevent a theft. The next generations of keys are already making an appearance. The newest keys combine remote functions, transponder technology and a laser cut high security mechanical key.

How can I get extra transponder keys or get new transponder keys if I lost my other keys.

Simple. Call us at Bowling Locksmith Services 757-653-6317. We have the equipment to cut and program new transponder keys for you.