At the beginning of the 20th century, the first Model T Ford cars required a simple car key, but it was separate from the starting process itself. The first true ignition key for a car was introduced in 1949 by Chrysler. Ignition keys for cars were largely the same for years after. What’s more, they were relatively simple keys that could be copied for only a few dollars.
Then in 1986, things started to change with the Chevrolet Corvette, which had a special chip installed that would prevent the car from starting if the chip wasn’t present in addition to the proper key pattern. This began the slow process of car manufacturers introducing more and more complicated. Leading us today to keys that require specialized programming, in some cases the computer chips in these cars are the only process used to start the car, not even requiring a ground metal pattern like traditional keys.
These more complicated car keys unfortunately include higher prices. It’s not unusual for a dealership to require as much as $500 for a replacement key. Such a high price can be an uncomfortable surprise when you’re already dealing with the unexpected crisis of being locked out of your car. It doesn’t help that this is usually a situation that has you feeling like you don’t have any real choice in what to do.
Fortunately, we at Acme have worked with automotive keys since the beginning. Better yet, since 2009 we’ve been a preferred partner with AAA, offering on call assistance when you find yourself locked out. Our 15 automotive locksmiths are capable of getting to you nearly anywhere in the Greater Cincinnati area in 90 minutes or less with a factory cut key and remote to get back into your car. We carry the most state-of-the-art tools to program nearly every key for most makes and models of cars. We can also program factory-original remotes and electronic transponder keys in the field. When you find yourself stranded and locked out of your car, we have you covered. Better yet, plan ahead by working with us to create a backup key for your car before you find yourself in a pickle. And the best part? We are often able to provide these services at a prices far lower than a dealership.
So don’t leave yourself stranded or desperate in the case of a car emergency. Give us a call today!