Does Your Car Key Have a Chip in it? We Can Help You
RBM Lock & Key can provide locksmith services for high-security car keys
Over the years, locks and keys have continually evolved in order to keep ahead of the skills of lockpicking thieves. Car keys with computer chips or other high-tech security features designed to deter theft are an excellent example of the fruits of this lock and key arms race in the automotive world.
Types of High-Security Car Keys
One of the most common types of high-security car keys is the VATS (Vehicle Anti-Theft System) key or the PASS (Personal Automotive Security System) key. No matter what you call it, this key is effective in deterring theft because it adds an additional layer of complexity to the lock and key system. This key has a small precision resistor embedded in the key shaft, with contact points on either side of the key. When the key is inserted into the correct ignition lock, these contact points form a circuit that allows the car to start. This type of key makes a thief’s job harder, because they have to not only get the correct key shape, but also the correct resistance level in order to complete the circuit and start a stolen car.
What to Do If You Lose or Break Your Key
If you have lost or broken your high-security car key, you don’t necessarily have to go to the dealer to get a new one. This is a big relief because often dealerships charge an arm and a leg for a new key. Unless you have some sort of warranty coverage for this issue, you are much better off calling a locksmith like RBM Lock & Key to assist you. Unlike the dealership, who may not be able to come help you right away, we have a team of 24/7 mobile locksmiths just waiting to help.
RBM’s Locksmith Services for VAT Keys
We can cut a new key copy that will work in your high-security lock. The first step is to test your lock to determine the necessary resistance level. Then we select the correct key blank from our stock of VATS key blanks which has the correct type or resistor already embedded in it, and cut that blank to shape for you. If the lock itself is damaged, we can replace it for you with a brand new one, and if you’ve merely locked your high-security car key inside your vehicle, we can of course provide a simple unlocking service. Call us the moment you need help with your high-security car keys!