Car Key Cutting from Photo
If the option ‘Key + Cutting’ is available in drop down box, we can cut the key from a clear picture of the blade.
The blade should be on a flat background.
The picture should not be blurred and the cuts of the key should be easily identifiable.
You can see example photos bellow:
Car Key Cutting from Key Number
We can cut keys to the manufacturer’s key number (often referred to as the ‘key code’).
Key number will usually be on a black plastic key tag and will start with two numbers or letters followed by additional five numbers.
NOTE: The key number will not be on the key itself.
IMPORTANT: Keys cut to key number will be cut to the original locks of the vehicle. If the vehicle has previously had the locks changed then obviously this key will not work.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is car key cutting?
You’ve probably heard the term “car key cutting” but what does it really mean? Well, car key cutting is a precise process that involves creating a new key for your vehicle. It’s not just about cutting a piece of metal; it’s about crafting a key that perfectly fits the unique lock of your car.
When you insert your key into the ignition or door lock, the unique pattern of cuts on the key matches the pattern of the pins inside the lock. This allows the key to turn, unlocking the door or starting the car. So, when we talk about car key cutting, we’re referring to the process of creating a key with the exact pattern of cuts to match your car’s lock.
This process can be done online by professional locksmiths using specialized equipment. They can cut keys by code or by picture.
So next time you lose your car keys or need a spare, remember that car key cutting is the professional and precise process that will get you back on the road. It’s more than just cutting; it’s about ensuring your key works perfectly with your car.
How much does car key cutting cost?
The cost can vary quite a bit, depending on several factors.
Firstly, the type of key you need cut plays a big role. A basic car key without any electronic components can be cut for a relatively low price. However, if you have a modern car with a transponder key or a key fob, the cost can be significantly higher.
The easiest way to proceed is to go to our shop and select the type of key you need.
Can car keys be cut at home?
Technically, yes, it’s possible, but it’s NOT recommended unless you have the right tools and experience.
Car key cutting requires specialized tools and a precise hand. The key needs to be cut exactly right to fit your car’s lock or ignition. If it’s off even by a little bit, the key won’t work. That’s why this task is usually left to professional locksmiths.
Moreover, modern car keys often have electronic components. These keys, known as transponder keys, need to be programmed to your car’s ignition system. This requires special equipment and knowledge, and it’s not something that can be done at home.
So, while you could theoretically cut a basic car key at home if you had the right tools and skills, it’s usually best to leave this task to the professionals. They can ensure the key is cut and programmed correctly, saving you a lot of time and potential frustration.
What is the difference between car key cutting and programming?
These are two distinct steps in the process of creating a new car key, and both are crucial for the key to work correctly.
Car key cutting refers to the process of creating a new key that matches the unique pattern of cuts or grooves of your car’s lock or ignition. This is done using a specialized key cutting machine and a blank key. The result is a mechanical key that can physically turn the lock or ignition.
On the other hand, programming is a separate process that’s necessary for modern cars that use electronic keys, such as transponder keys or key fobs. These keys have a small chip inside them that communicates with the car’s ignition system. In order for the key to work, this chip needs to be programmed to match the car’s system. This is done using specialized programming equipment.
So, in essence, car key cutting creates the physical key that turns the lock or ignition, while car key programming ensures the key can communicate electronically with the car. Both processes are necessary for a new electronic car key to work correctly.