Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Lowdown on Chipped Keys, Copying a chipped key for less than $20

Cars are getting harder and harder to break into. This can be seen as a good thing or a bad thing depending on your situation. For instance: I have the best commercial van on the market, a Chevy Express, and it requires a chipped key. I can cut a key exactly the same as my key, and it will turn on the lights, radio, open the doors...Everything but start the car! DOH!

Here's the lowdown on MOST transponder keys: You don't program the key, you program the vehicle! You can go to your dealer and they will charge you $200 to copy the current transponder, home depot will do it for around $100, OR you can simply teach your vehicle to recognize both!

Step 1: Get a transponder key that will fit your vehicle. The B111-PT fits my Chevy Express.

Step 2: Take your key blank to a key cutting station/locksmith/etc and have them cut the blank

Step 3: Take the old key and turn the ignition to ON for 5 seconds.

Step 4: Turn the ignition to OFF and within the next 5 seconds, replace with new key and turn to the ON position for another 5 seconds.

Step 5: Turn the ignition back to OFF and remove the key.

The vehicle should now be programmed to the new key! If it doesn't work, repeat steps 3-5.

If you DON'T have a Chevy, you can still find a key that will work using the

Ilco key cross reference database


How to program your car by


  1. If i had read this article when i was looking for a lock smith that could reprogram my key. Though lock smith Toronto charged not that much, it could be better with couple dollars in a pocket

  2. My big thanks to you! You saved me so much time and money! Locksmith Vaughan nowadays are charging really big price as for simple lock duplication. In my opinion, especially when it`s so simple, they must do it for free when you give them to cut your key!

  3. Yes It is an easy way to make duplicate key for any lock to copy the original key and it is not for safe. So you can buy replacement key fobs for your vehicles at best market price.

  4. So far for 20 bucks i've found only one locksmith in Brampton - . Really cheap and accurate work for that ammount of money.

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