How to Get a Key Made Without the Original: A Locksmith’s Guide
By Elegant Lock & Key

If you have ever lost your car key (keys or bulk keys), you know the panic that sets in. You may think that you are out of options and will have to spend hundreds of dollars to make a new key. However, this article will explain ways to avoid situations like that and make sure you pay the minimum whenever you lose your car keys again.

Get a metal key – the cheapest way to avoid high costs.

Nowadays, car keys and push-to-start systems mostly have a key inside the remote. When all of your keys are lost, the locksmith technician will charge an additional fee (Between $20-$60) to create a new blank before cutting the key.

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That is because car keys and remote head keys are expensive, and to make sure the locksmith got the key code right, he’ll cut a blank key that costs a couple of bucks only.

Go to the locksmith shop near you.

To avoid the high costs of locksmith labor, it would be wise to consider ordering a blank key specific to your car’s make, year, and model.

At Elegant Lock & Key, we stock many blank car keys. If you’d like to schedule (same day service) an appointment at our shop or would like us to come over, no problem, give a call to Sean, and he’ll take care of you.

But what happens if I don’t have the original or the blade?

First, don’t go to the dealership! Unless money and time are not an issue for you. Searching for an anonymous locksmith with KeyMe Locksmiths is also a bad idea. The best option for you is to find a local locksmith store near you.

This way, you’ll be sure you have a working key for a reasonable price, with a local store to come back when needed. Do not compromise on less than that.

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Is there any difference between domestic and foreign cars?

Price-wise, yes. Especially when talking about European car manufacturers. Some will not let you touch the car’s computer without hardware and software. Some of them will require you to buy a Token from them to cut a key. But when it’s about a domestic car, Japanese or Korean, the process of car key cutting and replacement is about the same. Look at our Free Locksmith Images Gallery.

What should I look for when hiring a local locksmith?

The three biggest important things every local locksmith should have or acquire are:

  • Knowledge
  • Timely Manner
  • Honesty

Once you’ve found all that, your locksmith quotes, in general, will be less.

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Conclusions

It is important to remember that the locksmith industry is not regulated in Pennsylvania. That’s why it’s essential to do your research and find a reputable locksmith that you can trust with your car key replacement. Elegant Lock & Key has been in business for over 20 years, and we’re always here to help.

Our customers’ reviews

car key without original Tom2018 Ford Escape Key Made – Kingston, PA

“This is the second time I’ve used Elegant Lock & Key, and both times they were great! I called ahead to Sean, to make sure they could make a 2018 Ford key since it’s a newer model. Sean said no problem and had me come right in. They made the key quickly and even programmed it for free. I will use them again.” – Tom

Vallery2020 Ram Remote Head Key Replacement – Old Forge, PA

“I lost my only key to my brand new 2020 Ram truck and was freaking out! I found Elegant Lock & Key online and read their amazing reviews. I gave Elegant Lock & Key a call, and they had me come right in. They made me a new key and programmed it for free. I would highly recommend them to anyone!” – Vallery

sandersonsLost all of my keys – Dalton, PA

“My husband rushed out of the house this morning and accidentally left all the keys inside. I called Elegant Lock & Key, and they were able to come out and make me a new set of keys right away. They were very friendly and did a great job. I would recommend them to anyone!” – The Sandersons

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Shawn the Locksmith
Shawn the Locksmith

Since childhood, Locks & Keys were my favorite hobby. In 2018 I started my professional practice with several companies in upstate NY. I always knew that one day I would open a locksmith shop of my own. Elegant Lock & Key is the place where I can play with locks all day long.

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Vince Brunetti
Vince Brunetti
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Got a used glass display case and needed a new key they made a new key in less than 12 hours great 👍🏼
Madame Asia J. Miller
Madame Asia J. Miller
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I am a realtor and needed help rekeying a lock fast. He came out within 20minutes! Had it done within 10minutes! I was amazed!! I will neeeeever call anyone else but him. He was also very kind! I wish I could give him 10 stars
leaphigh
leaphigh
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He was in touch every step of the way. He was very innovative with the installation and even secured the doorframe. The rate was low and I was not made to feel uncomfortable in any way.
Kathryn Gerrity
Kathryn Gerrity
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Lost my keys after looking for them for hours. Sean was at my house within 2 hours of calling & the whole process of making a new key took less than an hour & more affordable than other locksmiths I called. Saved my weekend!!
Joe Weissberg
Joe Weissberg
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Shawn is great and got my 2019 Honda crv car key / remote within 10 minutes in and out for a really good price. Would highly recommend
James Biondo
James Biondo
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Shawn was very fast and helpful with our lock problem. Highly recommend.
Jackson Dart
Jackson Dart
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Shawn was quick even though it was late! Willing to work with me and got it handled really fast. Thabks guys!
CJ Cerra
CJ Cerra
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Calling all Realtors and Consumers, Shawn was out within 15 minutes to rekey, he was very professional and fair pricing! Would not hesitate to use or refer him in the future.