Car Key Replacement Houston

Are you searching for quality car key replacement services in the Houston area? Do you need affordable key duplication services or transponder key programming? The Get-Locksmith Houston team is here to assist you with unparalleled customer support and the most affordable solutions in town. Call (713) 766-6328, get a free quote now and schedule an appointment or let us send over the nearest mobile locksmith that can reach you in less than half an hour!

Car Key Services We Offer

Car Key Replacement - Get-Locksmith HoustonOur authorized and insured Houston team handles the entire array of locksmith car key and lock services, including standard, non-transponder car keys for older models, high-security key fobs and remotes, sidewinder keys, as well as the latest push to start fob keys and more. Here are a few of the most popular services we are hired to do:

  • key copy duplication services

  • transponder key programming

  • transmitter key cutting

  • push to start key services

  • duplicate key making with VIN and pictures

  • car immobilizer key programming

  • manual and wireless entry programming

Give our friendly and experienced customer support representatives a call if you cannot find the exact service you are looking for in the list above. We cover all car brands and models and we can assist you with branded key fobs, affordable replacements, high-quality key cutting and programming, and professional car lockout services.

Transponder Programming Services Houston

Generally speaking, transponder keys encompass electronic micro-chips located inside the head of the key. This is why most people call them “chip keys”. The term “transponder” is a mix of “transmitter” and “responder” and the main reason why these systems were created is to deter the problem of car theft. The very first transponder system was introduced by Corvette more than three decades ago as a consequence of the high number of stolen vehicles the brand was dealing with. Once the chip keys started to be used on a large scale, the number of vehicle thefts recorded a sudden drop, proving their high efficiency. The system was called VATS, short for Vehicle Anti-Theft System and it continues to be one of the most powerful car thief deterrents found on most of today's cars.

Modern-day car transponder systems are comprised of a few integrated but separate components, including electronic chip keys, induction coils placed near or around the ignition lock, immobilizers or remotes and Engine Control Modules (ECM). When a key that has been programmed is placed inside the lock cylinder of the ignition and turned ON, the induction coil, also known as an antenna ring, will immediately release a burst of energy via radiofrequency. The transponder chips will capture this energy and respond by sending back the identification code for the vehicle using RF signals. The signals will reach the indiction coil, which will further send the identification code to the vehicle's computer. Provided the key code matches the code located in the memory of the car's computer, the immobilizer will be instantly disabled, which will translate to the engine starting.

The same procedure will also cause the security light to go off when the car will recognize the key. In case this light starts to blink, it means the computer has failed to recognize the key's identification code, which will prevent the vehicle from starting and continuing to run. If you are currently dealing with blinking car security light, we advise you to pick up the phone and give us a call. We are your go-to chip key repair service in Houston. We can reach you in less than half an hour in case you need to immediately start your car and your faulty transponder system is preventing you from doing it.

We use the most advanced key cutting tools and programming software and we can make a new transponder key for you on the spot. No matter the complexity of the key and the brand you are driving, we will help you get back behind the wheel in just a few minutes or more. 

Chip Keys For Popular Car Brands

Car key laser cutting - Get Locksmith HoustonThe most popular General Motors brands like Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Pontiac or Cadillac all benefit from OEMs that incorporate advanced chip key systems. If you are looking for replacement transponder keys for any of the vehicle brands that are owned by GM group, we can use single and double-sided keys to interrogate the car and establish the right VATS values. These values must match the VATS values of the keys in order for the new keys to be used to start the engine. We provide quick VATS assessment and transponder key programming on-site, so make sure to get in touch with us as soon as you notice your key is missing or broken.

The models that are owned by the GM brand also feature additional anti-theft systems in the form of PASSLOCKS and Mechanical Anti-Theft Systems. The MATS system is tied to the ignition lock cylinder and is a good deterrent against tampering, as it prevents anyone to start the engine without the right key. The PASSLOCK feature relies on a sensor inside the cylinder of the ignition and uses 10 different values found in the memory of the car computer. When someone tries to forcefully rotate the ignition lock, they will actually break the magnet sensor. This will result in the immobilization of the car. All of our technicians are highly trained and experienced and have replaced lots of these ignition models that rely on the two technologies, as well as other similar anti-theft features on other brands of vehicles. The most common issues that we are asked to fix are related to keys getting jammed in the ignition lock, as well as keys that fail to turn in the ignition.

PK3 keys along with Circle Plus keys are two of the most common types of transponder keys we work with. They are standard types of cut keys that can operate ignitions and door locks on most vehicle brands.

The GM brands also use Flip Remote Keys starting 2010. These are the so-called laser cut key made of metal that flips out of the fob (FOB - frequency operated button). They can be proximity keys that require you to push a button to start the engine. The push-to-start option is also known as an E-Z key and it is compatible with 2010-2014 models of Buick LaCrosse, 2012-2014 Buick Verano, or 2012 GMC Terrain, 2012 Chevy Cruze, 2013 Chevy Equinox and other Volt models, to name just a few.

There are also Cadillac models that use proximity remote fob systems, including 2008-2014 CTS models, 2009 XLR, 2014 SRX, and others. They can all be started by simply pushing the start button found on the dash and the fob can also be used as a transponder key and remote. Nonetheless, the vehicle will not start unless the antenna ring can find the right identification code in the transmitter.

Provided you have lost your transponder key or you suspect someone has stolen it, we can effectively erase the PATS code located in the vehicle's computer memory to prevent the missing key from ever being used again. We also rely on advanced key programming tools that can easily create a brand new PATS ID code. This will help us program a fresh set of keys that are perfectly compatible with the newly generated code.

Call now and let us assist you with any car metal key, transponder key, flip remote or smart key fob repair and replacement job at good rates anywhere in Houston.