There are plenty of reasons why you might need a spare or replacement key for your car. As small items, they are easily lost or stolen, or perhaps the blade has snapped in the car door or ignition.
Whatever the reason, the car key cutting process is a simple one – however, it requires skill, experience, and the right equipment to do the job properly. In this article, we will answer the question: how does car key cutting work?
Step 1 – make a pattern
Every car key has its own unique pattern, which needs to be duplicated. If you have a spare key, we can make an accurate pattern using that as a template. If you don’t have an original, we can still help you, so long as you have your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (see below for more information on this service).
Step 2 – cut the key
Once we have the key pattern, we can cut out a physical key. For this we need a key flat (also known as a key blank). This is a thin strip of metal from which we will cut out the pattern of your key. There are several methods of doing this, including a metal-cutting blade and a grinder. Here at Open Door Auto Ltd, we prefer a laser cutter, as it provides greater accuracy.
Step 3 – program the transponder
If your car has a transponder key (and most modern cars do) you will need to program your newly-cut key before you can operate the vehicle. This normally involves inserting the key into the ignition, waiting for the security light to come on, and then leaving it for 15 minutes for the car to connect to the new RFID chip.
Can I have a car key cut without the original?
It might surprise you to know that we don’t even need the original key to create a replacement for you, which is good news if your key has gone missing or been stolen. We can create an accurate replica of your old key by referring to your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). This is a 17-digit number that is unique to your vehicle. It can be found in your vehicle registration certificate and is usually printed (or stamped) into the body of the car.
We have access to specialist equipment that can replicate your car key using your VIN. This is then cut out of a key flat, as normal. Since, by definition, you will not have the original key to hand when using this method we will need to see some photo ID, as well as proof of ownership of the vehicle in question.
Car Key Cutting Overview: Final Thoughts
We provide a local car key cutting service for customers across Rhondda Cynon Taff. Whether your key has been lost, damaged, or stolen, or you simply need a duplicate, Open Door Auto Ltd is here to help. Our trained and experienced auto locksmiths will come to you, with everything they need to make a replacement key in the back of their van. Whether you’re at home, at work, or stuck at the side of the road, call us on 01443 799 000 or 07772 390 058 and we will come and help you.