It used to be just about every motorists worse nightmare. You put your car key into the lock, turn it, and there is that unpleasant feeling as half the key snaps off. Or worse still, it breaks off in the ignition, leaving you with a car that you cannot start and cannot lock, unless you have a spare. That used to be, and still is for many, a difficult and costly problem to sort out. With luck, you might have a spare key, and a garage could cut a replacement or two and manage to extract the remains of the broken key. At worst, you might have to replace a lock – and we can all remember the days of buying second hand cars with a load of different keys, sometimes one for the driver’s door, a different one for the other doors and a third for the ignition!Visit replacement car keys website to know more
Of course, over the years technology has improved, and more importantly so have materials. In today’s world, mechanical metal keys are far stronger and better designed than in the past and far less likely to break. That said, we are now faced with a new menace – the electronic key or worse, the key card. In some ways, these are certainly an improvement on old-fashioned systems, not least because they mostly remove the need to put a key in a door lock, which was always the most likely place to break one. No, the biggest problem with electronic keys and cards is that in their own ways they are just as easy to damage. It’s very simple to put a key card in your back pocket and hear that sickening cracking sound as you sit down. Or, as many have done, to put your clothes in the washing machine and a few moments later be confronted by the sight of a costly electronic key fob revolving slowly underwater.
In the early days of new key technology, breaking or damaging a remote key or key card was far more of an issue than breaking a mechanical key. As these units ‘communicate’ with the car, security coding frequently meant a very expensive trip to the garage. If you had a spare key, then the problem was not too drastic, as a main dealer could obtain a replacement. However, this did normally involve not just programming the new remote, but also reprogramming the car and the other keys. If you did not have a spare, the situation was worse. Quite often, the equipment needed to program the car and the keys was not portable, so the car had to be trailered to a garage and before long; the bill had grown out of all proportion.