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Car Keys - The Definitive Guide

Car Keys - The Definitive Guide

Completely updated guide that will help you Identify the type of car key you have in case you need a replacement or a duplicate made by an automotive locksmith. 

Mechanically Cut Car Key

Mechanical Keys

Basic car keys usually seen in older vehicles, This key can be made in almost any hardware store.

Transponder key

Transponder Key

this key is equipped with chip that’s sending a unique code to the car’s immobilizer.

High security key

High Security Key

The “Laser Cut” Car Key made with advanced laser cutting equipment. Hardware stores and retail chains can’t duplicate laser-cut keys

Tibbe key

Tibbe Key

You will have this key if you own and old Jaguar or in some Ford Transit.
Tibbe keys require a specialized cutting process

Valet key

Valet Key

The valet key works only in the ignition and the door locks this key will NOT unlock the trunk.
Normally he will by gray

Vats key

Vats Key

VATS keys are essentially the first electronic keys, duplicating a VATS key is not as simple.

Emergency key

Emergency key

The emergency key works just like a standard key you can find it inside your smart key and it used to open the doors only.

Remote key

Remote Key

Remote car keys are battery operated and have a button on the key fob, some keys also equipped with remotes starter.

Switch Blade Key

Switch Blade Key (Flip)

Flip key is designed to fold away inside the fob when it is not being used.



Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep began introducing either a FOBIK key as new models were introduced or existing models were upgraded starting in 2010.

Smart Key

Smart Key (Push to Start)

One of the newer car access options, they are designed to stay in your pocket when you open the car and start it.

Smart Key w: LCD Screen

Smart Key with LCD Screen

This key of BMW models are progressively equipped with high-tech features, The Display Key with fully-featured touchscreen.

Card style key

Card style key

This key is used for few Mazda models only.

Drop style key

Drop style key

This key style is used is used in one model Hyundai and Infiniti only.

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