How are duplicate keys handled? Nearly everyone worries about the potential for accidentally being locked out of their vehicle. Fortunately, it's relatively easy to get extra keys for your new car. Some dealerships may try to charge a small fortune you for having extra keys made, but you can also visit a local locksmith to replace your transponder key. This allows you to shop around and go with whomever has the best price for you.
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Unlike plain metal keys, you will have to prove vehicle ownership before a legitimate retailer will sell you a key. This is true whether you purchase your key blank from a dealer or you go to a local locksmith. At minimum, expect to have to show your license and registration before you'll be allowed to walk away with a duplicate key. This is done to protect you from unauthorized people being able to make duplicate keys and then stealing your vehicle.
Does a transponder key do anything besides locking doors? This depends on the type of vehicle you're considering buying. Some vehicle models will automatically turn on the factory alarm, whether or not you explicitly tell it to do so. When you go to start your car, the transponder chip in the key will tell your vehicle that the key is a real key. Cars without transponders can often be stolen by a thief with little more than an ordinary screwdriver, so having a transponder will help to prevent thieves from easily hotwiring your vehicle and driving it