When you own a vehicle, it is common to have a sense of security that you will insert your ignition key and the vehicle will start. However, there are reasons that your ignition key may need to be replaced, whether due to loss, damage, or lack of security. For example, when you own a limo, you may have drivers or valets that will also have keys to your limo. Should the driver and employer separate, it may be necessary to change the ignition key for security reasons. Alternatively, if your key is lost, stolen or damaged – for example, broken or bent – it may be necessary to replace the ignition key in the limo car, either for security purposes or simply for functionality.
If you need to replace your ignition key in a limo car, you have several options, depending on the age of your car, type of key you have, and how soon you need the replacement key.
In the 1990’s, many car keys produced were coded – in other words, there is a physical key, and also a code imprinted on the key. This coding is to increase security in the car and make it more difficult for thieves to steal it. However, it also makes replacing the key more difficult. Whereas keys without codes are much easier and cheaper to replace, coded keys add security.
If you have lost a key that is not coded, you can contact a locksmith in your area to cut a replacement key for you. It is best to reach out to a locksmith that specializes in auto keys and working on cars. The locksmith will check your ignition to determine if they have the correct key available, and, if they do have it, will then be able to cut the replacement key. This can all be taken care of in just a few hours.
If they key is coded, you will need to either visit an automotive dealer with your make and model of car, or order a replacement directly from the manufacturer. It is often more expensive to go through the auto dealer, but takes less time than ordering the key from the manufacturer, so the route you choose really depends on your budget and how soon you need an ignition key. To save time and money if you choose to use the auto dealer locally, you can have a locksmith go ahead and cut a replacement key for you, and then just take that key to the dealer to have the replacement key coded for ignition.
If your keys are lost or stolen, and you need a replacement key for security purposes – much like one changes the locks on a home if security is compromised – you will have to order not only a replacement key, but also a new ignition switch. You will not be able to simply get a new key made that is different from your old key – if you want to make sure that your old keys don’t work because you’re concerned about theft, you can take your limo to a locksmith specializing in auto keys, or to any local mechanic that deals with security systems, and have the ignition switch replaced and entirely new keys made.