Automotive locksmith blog

Buying Electronic vehicle keys on Ebay and Amazon

April 21, 2016
If you are in the market for a spare key for your automobile, check with a locksmith first on what type of keys are best for your vehicle. Truly, sometimes a good deal is just that; a good deal. Often times, we think we can buy almost anything online on shopping sites like Ebay and Amazon. While there are some good deals to be had, electronic car keys are too important an item to buy used, or worse, China imports. Many of the keys on Ebay and Amazon are re-purposed to look and seem new, while the electronic boards inside are, in the best scenario, actually re-furbished and unlocked. While others may be China knock offs. In the case of the knock offs, the electronic boards inside are limited in function, may only last a week or two or even a few months, while a re-furbished OEM board will last many years, functioning as new. While some sellers on Ebay and Amazon might be selling good keys, only reputable locksmiths and car dealers can be certain to be actually sell new OEM or re-furbished new OEM keys and remotes. Buy local, and be sure to pay only once to get your keys programmed. No locksmith or dealer will guarantee keys will program or last any length of time without you also having purchased the product from their business. After 6 Locksmith guarantees all key and car remotes we sell up to six months with normal use, to be free from defects, excluding remote batteries.
 

Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Keys

January 13, 2016
Is your vehicle dash showing things like seat belt, brake lights or battery lit up on the panel while running? Is your dash lit up with the engine off and the key removed? It is not a faulty ignition, but rather the computer in your vehicle is going bad. Specifically the ECM module may be going bad. See your dealer or mechanic for repairs. If your keys will not work after the repair, call us for help.

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Toyota Keys 1999-2003

May 13, 2015
Did you know some Toyota vehicle owners have no choice but to replace the cars computer once the last spare key is lost? Not every vehicle was transponder based, but those that were need the computer changed to be able to program new keys so the car will start and run again. Transponders are basically a computer chip which tells the vehicles computer that the right key is being used, and it is ok to start the vehicle. These were added to Toyota vehicles because of the high rate of some models...
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Ford Keys Not Working

February 24, 2015
Ever have a replacement or duplicate transponder key for Ford, Mercury, or Lincoln made and it would not program to your vehicles computer? Your old keys worked just fine, but now the new keys won't program to your vehicle so it can start. Try checking the PCM fuse relay in your vehicles fuse panel. Many customers report the car hesitating to start or the immobilzer (anti-theft) light coming on intermittently while driving or attempting to start their vehicle. This is a sure sign the PCM fuse...
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1998-2002 Honda and Toyota Keys

February 24, 2015
Did you know if you lose your only vehicles' key to an older Honda or Toyota vehicle that you could have to replace your immobilizer unit in the vehicle right alongside the keys? When Toyota and Honda first introduced transponder based systems in their vehicles to prevent auto theft, the immobilizer unit in these vehicles was meant to be replaced along with the keys. The keys are assigned to to the vehicles immobilizer unit from the factory. Unless the units computer is re-flashed (Honda) alo...
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Key-less Entry-Does My Car Truck or SUV have this? How can I tell?

October 20, 2014
All vehicles are issued a 16 digit code called a Vehicle Identification Number from the factory regardless of company, year or country of origin. Most car dealers can use this information provided by the customer to obtain information that might not be obvious to the vehicles' owner. One of these not so obvious things might be the features the vehicle was assigned when it was manufactured by the car maker. For example, key-less entry might have been installed from the vehicle and one car remo...
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GM Cars, trucks, SUVs key and lock problems

August 21, 2014
So what can you do when your ignition lock or door lock stops working correctly? What can you do with a broken key problem? If you try and glue a key or remote back together, it will not work. Improperly repaired keys stuck together with glue or tape only prolong the issue you are having. Imagine getting glue inside the ignition, door lock or trunk lock. Glue inside any lock is an invitation for a lock replacement. Our company can repair locks and keys at a fraction of the cost of a lock repl...
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Honda or Acura Ignition Change, Key Problems, ECM replacement-Read This!

March 1, 2014
Did your vehicle ignition recently need to be replaced or changed on an Acura or Honda vehicle made after 2003? Be sure that your mechanic also changed the plastic hub around the face of the ignition lock. There are two plastic connectors and an FCC Label on the transponder based ignition portion of the ignition lock housing. This part is called the immobilizer control unit receiver, and allows transfer of information from the vehicles' key to the vehicles ECM. Make sure you transfer the old ...
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Broken Car Key? Broken Remote? Call After 6 Locksmith

January 28, 2014
Broken remote? Broken electronic smart key? Broken car key? We can help! Just like the pictures below, sometimes you only need the housing of a key, also known as a key shell. Most shells cost only $25, and key cutting will cost an additional $25.00. So, for only $50 you could replace your seemingly broken or damaged key for a fraction of the cost of a replacement key. You might ask, what if the key or remote doesn't work at all? Call us for a free quote, it's that simple.
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