Automotive keys are now available in different types and at varying prices. On should select their key as per their preferences and budget. The different kinds of automotive keys are as follows :
- The traditional car key –
It is the most basic of all types. They are generally seen in old car models. They lack any sort of encoding. They are made with machines used to cut metal. They can be cut with a standard key blank. This type of key is the easiest for car key replacement.
- The master car key –
It is a key intended to make copies of the keys incase one loses the key or thr key is stolen. Earlier, this was the method of security granted to some cars. However, if you lose the master key it was a costly affair to get it replaced. Also, if the master key could not be replaced one would have to change the enetire car locking mechanism. It would prove to be a real costly affair costing one thousands of dollars. Nowadays, tge recent car models do not have any master key system. So if you are purchasing a second hand car, ensure that you have the master key if it came with the car model.
- The transponder car key –
It uses a microchip in the key handle. It is said to be more secure than the traditional car key. When this key is inserted in the ignition, tge sensor responds to it and activates the transponder. One more transponder key is the rolling key code. It has the mechanism to send a new code every time the car is used. This feature makes it mote secure than the traditional transponder car key.
- The switchblade car key –
It is made such that it folds within itself. It is just like the switchblade knife. There is button on the key that pops out while the key is being used.
- The valet car key –
Some cars have keys specially designed for valet parking. This key has the feature of being unlocked and started only. The car owners can give it to the valet and be assured of their car’s safety. It does not allow the valet service providers to open tge trunk, glove box or even perform any other function. This is very useful in today’s generation where valet parking is almost unavoidable if you go out of your homes.
- The smart car key –
It is the key which enables you to open your car with a button. It does not need to be inserted into the ignition to get tge car started. They are usually replaced at the dealers. It allows one to start the car without having to reach the car.
It is very important that you keep an extra pair of car keys with you to avoid difficult situations. When the keys are stolen or the keys are lost, it becomes very expensive to get the keys replaced or fix the locking systems.