The range of transponder keys is quite diverse and more costly to duplicate or replace than non transponder keys for several reasons . Not only key blanks are more costly , but the equipment and software needed is expensive and a fair amount of skill is needed to duplicate these successfully . Furthermore as new models enter the market , software must be updated and a bigger costly variety of transponder key blanks must be held in stock adding to the overall costs .
Some keys with remotes need further programming to allow the remote to activate the central locking , to lock and unlock the vehicle .These remote key blanks are quite pricey and replacing a car remote key when the original is lost can cost anything from R 900 to as high as R. 18000 or more depending on the vehicle make and model . There is also the chance that the key is lost in a remote area or a place which is not safe and therefore an added risk for it to be broken into , or being stolen by the person who found the lost key , or have actually stolen it on purpose with the intent of fetching it later when the vehicle owner is gone for help .
There can be added towing cost to get the vehicle to a workshop to have the computer box removed or reset for the purposes of supplying a new duplicate vehicle key.
It is always easier to have a duplicate vehicle key made as well as it being a lot more cost effective while you still have a key for the vehicle and I therefore suggest that you get a spare key made before yours is lost.
As most agents are very expensive and do not offer this service after hours , but there are a select few like Mayfair Locksmith who do offer this service at our workshop, note because of the complexity of the duplication of Transponder keys , it is not always possible to assist a client with a new key after hours . Now Mayfair Locksmith is offering spare transponder keys at a very reasonable price of R. 1350 for most vehicle models call us now to find out if yours is available and for bookings.