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CAR KEY TYPES

Car technology just keeps on improving.

Driving has never been better and safer – this truly is a golden age for the modern motorist, although one item that could do with improvement is the car key.

Even though many vehicles these days don’t need a physical key to open and lock their doors, many older makes and models still require just the one metal key blade to unlock doors and start their engine.

No matter whether we use an old-fashioned metal key, a remote key or a flip fob key, we still need them to open up the car and start driving.

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DIFFERENT CAR KEY TYPES

These are straightforward car keys which don’t contain any features except for the mechanical key cut specifically for each individual vehicle.

The next generation of car keys are regular car keys with a remote attached.

Newer vehicles require remote car keys with a folding metal key blade – often referred to as flip fob keys. The remote opens and locks the vehicle’s doors and activates other security features, while the key blade starts the engine.

More recent vehicles are equipped with a car key fob – although it has no metal blade it still needs to be inserted into the ignition lock for the engine to start.

And finally, this key fob only needs to be in the vicinity of the vehicle to open and lock its doors and start the engine. It doesn’t have to be placed anywhere specific within the vehicle to activate its push-button ignition system. Some fobs have a hidden built-in blade to allow access to the vehicle should the fob fail for any reason.

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COMMON CAR KEY ISSUES

Even though car keys can be considered essential, they’re still comparatively fragile.

There are so many ways to damage them, and to understand why a fob key can be so vulnerable, we have to understand what’s inside them.

So here are a few FOB KEY facts:

For over 20 years car keys have evolved from a simple mechanical key blade to a sophisticated keyless entry system.

Since vehicle theft is very lucrative, manufacturers of upmarket vehicles like Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Volvo have invested millions to ensure fob key security isn’t compromised.

Information stored in fob keys can range from when the vehicle was driven, how far it was driven, how full the fuel tank is, what the vehicle’s identification number is … and even GPS data.

All this information can be used by insurance companies and law enforcement agencies to prosecute those attempting – among other criminal activities – insurance fraud.

HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON ISSUES:

Keep your keys safe

Until technology advances to the digital keys where physical car keys will no longer exist, we must hold on to them. Fortunately, car key repair and auto locksmith services are available and can supply with a car key repair or, if necessary, with car key replacement services and get us back on the road in the least amount of time.

Car Keys Solutions, based in London, is the perfect partner in this regard and most trusted. Car Keys Solutions can fix broken, snapped or damaged keys, damaged cases, damaged button pads, battery replacements, emergency auto locksmith services, and all these are done where you are at our Car Keys Workshop or by sending them in the post to us. Our pledge to you is that we always try to repair, but when no repair is possible, a new car key, flip fob key or fob key will be recommended. When in our coverage area you won’t need to tow your car home or to another location; we’ll come to you.

Our sophisticated equipment, including the up to date software, available to our well-trained professionals, will give you less expensive repair or replacement key with a minimum of inconvenience. Whether you need just the metal blade replaced, or the fob, or both, we have it all covered. We are equipped and ready for any eventuality. Give us a call from 08:00 to 22:00, seven days a week. The cars we service are, among others: Land Rover Freelander, Land Rover Discovery, Ford Focus, Ford Mondeo, Ford Transit, Renault Megan, Vauxhall Astra, Vauxhall Vectra.

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IF YOUR CAR KEY WON’T
WORK EVEN IF IT LOOKS INTACT

Yes, it’s obvious that a car key won’t function when it’s in pieces, but what happens it if looks in perfect shape on the outside but still won’t work?

Car keys have progressed from being simple mechanical devices to become complex pieces of technology with sensors, wireless connection and remote controls on the inside – all of which can become defective without leaving any kind of visible clue on the outside.

So repairing a malfunctioning car key first involves a thorough investigation of the internal electronics, and then repair work to failed components or a complete replacement.

Our fully-trained team of technicians can handle common – and not so common – faults in all types of car keys. They’re operational from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm, both in our workshops and on the road so you can avoid the usual inconvenience when sorting out your car key problems - and save yourself a great deal of time and money, too.

You’ll save time because there’s no need to wait days for a dealership to provide you with a replacement key, and you’ll save money because using Car Keys Solutions means you won’t have to have your vehicle towed to the dealership … you won’t need to hire another vehicle in the meantime … and our prices are considerably lower than those of any dealer.

And as for the inconvenience you’ll save? If you’re anywhere within London and the Home Counties, our mobile technician will be with you and working on your car key solution within 60 minutes of your call to us.

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LET’S LOCK THIS UP …

Obviously car keys work differently now than they did in the past, but they’re still absolutely essential for a vehicle’s operation and security. And given that a newer key fob loaded full of high-tech electronics can fail when you least need it to, should that happen to you you’re going to need yours repaired or replaced as fast and as economically as possible.

So when you need the services of a reliable car key repair company or those of an auto locksmith we’d be delighted to welcome you to our London or Milton Keynes workshops, or even to come to you.

Car Keys Solutions is the premier and most reviewed car key repair service and auto locksmith for London and surrounding counties. Contact us between 08:00 and 22:00 Monday to Sunday — yes, seven days a week. With Car Keys Solutions, you are always in good hands.

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Our most common car key repair requests:

  • Replace rubber buttons or the entire button pad
  • Replace microswitch on a circuit board
  • Replace other electronic components
  • Replace broken key blade
  • Replace remote key shell case
  • Replace remote key battery or accumulator.

Here, at Car Keys Solutions, other services we provide include:

  • Emergency auto locksmith
  • Spare car key
  • Car key replacement
  • Car key programming
  • Vehicle security and safety
  • Common fault fixing

IMPORTANT! – We also have an online car key repair service available at this link E-SHOP KEY REPAIR

KEY FOB FUN FACT

In the late 1800s, the fob was a decorative ornament on the thin chain attached to a watch carried in a waistcoat or waistband pocket. Nowadays most car key fobs are much more functional than ornamental!

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QUESTIONS:

The cost of car key repair or replacement varies, depending on the make and model. For more information, please contact us on the Contact page.

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“ABSOLUTELY NO COMPLAINTS AND SPOT ON SERVICE”

“Car Key Solutions came recommended and from my 1st phone call enquiry to the Technician conducting the work faultless, highly professional and only happy to recommend.”

Tom Evans

“GREAT COMMUNICATION FROM BOOKING SERVICE”

“Engineer arrived on time and was extremely professional. Problem was fixed in less than an hour. Big thumbs up to Car Keys Solutions.”

Chelsey Meuio Santos

“SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT, VERY PROMPT, POLITE AND EFFICIENT”

“The price was good, and overall can't be faulted. The technician was great, keeping to social distancing appropriately. Very much recommended.”

Rob Melling

“ABSOLUTELY NO COMPLAINTS AND SPOT ON SERVICE”

“Car Key Solutions came recommended and from my 1st phone call enquiry to the Technician conducting the work faultless, highly professional and only happy to recommend.”

Tom Evans

“GREAT COMMUNICATION FROM BOOKING SERVICE”

“Engineer arrived on time and was extremely professional. Problem was fixed in less than an hour. Big thumbs up to Car Keys Solutions.”

Chelsey Meuio Santos

“SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT, VERY PROMPT, POLITE AND EFFICIENT”

“The price was good, and overall can't be faulted. The technician was great, keeping to social distancing appropriately. Very much recommended.”

Rob Melling
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OUR LOCATIONS

It couldn’t be easier to arrange an appointment for a time and location that suits you, any time between 8am and 10pm every day, anywhere in London and the Home Counties. Or you’re more than welcome to visit one of our London and Milton Keynes workshops to have your key duplicated.

EAST FINCHLEY

East Finchley
142-144 East End Road, London, N2 0RZ

Monday to Sunday:
08:00-22:00

KILBURN

Killburn
286-288 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 2DB

Monday to Sunday:
08:00-22:00

SOUTH LONDON

South London
220-222 Portland Road, South Norwood SE25 4QB

Monday to Sunday:
08:00-22:00

MILTON KEYNES

 Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Monday to Sunday:
08:00-22:00