A transponder key is an electronic device created by car manufacturers that acts as a low-level signal transmitter and receiver. This microchip is embedded in the head of the key and has a unique serial number that needs to be identified by the car’s RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) before starting or unlocking. As this technology became widespread among car manufacturers, it drastically reduced auto theft, leading to its adoption by almost all car makers since it was introduced by GM in their 1985 Corvette model. Because of its highly secure system, we recommend using a transponder key as the centerpiece of your vehicle security system.
Why is the Transponder Key Preferred and More Secure?
The transponder key uses a digital ID or serial number that makes it virtually impossible for anyone else’s transponder key to open your car, adding an extra layer of protection against theft. Compared to standard keys that have only a few classic cut combinations which can easily be manipulated, transponder keys provide higher levels of security. With this type of key, you have peace of mind knowing that your vehicle is virtually secure since there’s no way for thieves to ‘hot wire’ or break into its ignition.
How Do You Know if You Have a Transponder Key?
You can tell if you have a transponder key by identifying the two major parts: the blade and bow (which looks like the head of the key). If the bow is covered with layers of tin foil or rubber shell usually in black color then it’s likely you have a transponder key. Alternatively, you can open up your head to see if there’s any chip built inside but take caution not to damage it while doing so. You can also check online for information about your particular car model including whether it has a transponder feature or not in its security section.
What To Do When Your Transponder Key Is Lost Or Damaged?
If you need to replace or get a spare for your lost key, contact Smart Locksmith who can provide reliable local locksmith services such as cutting blank keys and reprogramming chips matching with your car’s RFID so they work effectively again. In addition, Atlanta Lock & Door are leaders in replacing and reprogramming transponders keys with their goal being 100% customer satisfaction on every job they do.