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Nearly all cars made after 1995 were built with an added security measure located right within the key – specialized computer chips that make it nearly impossible to duplicate a key or grant a thief access to your car. The benefits of high security car keys are numerous – even if a criminal manages to force your ignition to turn over, without the properly programmed computer chip in their hands, they aren’t going anywhere with your car.

But while the benefits of a high security key are clear and obvious, you might also consider the possible fall backs. Having a key that is specially programmed and impossible to duplicate is nice for keeping out those with malicious intentions, but what about the actual owner of the car? An entire industry has been built around products that help you find and locate your keys when lost, and losing one’s car keys would not exactly be considered a rare event. So in the event that you, as the car owner, lose your high security keys, what do you do?

People are often quick to assume that they have to go to a car dealership for the make of their car in order to get a new key fitted. While it is true that you do have this option, it is, fortunately, not your only option, and as car dealerships often charge up to twice as much as independent locksmiths for this service, it is certainly not your wisest option. While you cannot just walk into any old Home Depot or Lowe’s to have a new key made the way you might with a non-computerized key, there are some independent hardware stores that offer this specialized service, and at a cost that is not as terrifying as you might expect.

If you really want to be as prepared as you possibly can for the event of losing your keys, it may even be a good idea to have an extra key made before you run into any problems. Sure, you may never have to use it, but if you find yourself in an unfortunate situation, you will be very glad that you have it. This is especially true if the circumstances around your lost key also involve any towing, repairing, or programming costs – if you’ve already got an extra key on hand, it’ll give you one less thing to worry about as you deal with the problem.

Shell Lumber & Hardware in Miami, in addition to our vast supply of hardware products and exotic and domestic lumber, also offers our very own on-site locksmith. Furthermore, in addition to our high security car key duplication services, we also take care of transponder keys, novelty keys, and keys by code. As every car is different, we suggest calling ahead at (305) 856-6401 to ensure that we are able to take care of your make and model, but we know that losing your car keys can be one of the biggest hassles you ever have to face, and we are dedicated to getting you back on the road as quickly and securely as possible.


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