Transponder Key Programming Service

We’re the Affordable Choice For Your Automotive Key Needs

Have you lost or damaged your car’s transponder key? At Platinum Locksmith we have the tools and technology to provide transponder key programming for you. We’re a family-owned company with over a decade of locksmith experience, serving the Tampa and Hillsborough, FL areas. As a mobile locksmith, we promise fast response times and can easily copy or replace your keys on the spot at home or the office. There’s no need to go to the dealer, which is often expensive. We offer affordable rates and reliable auto key locksmith services.

Transponder Key Issues

a variety of automotive transponder keys

Transponder keys are some of the most common and most durable automotive keys out there, but if and when they malfunction or become damaged don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our technicians can cut and program as many new ones as you need on-site with the key blanks and programming equipment in our locksmith vehicles.

​It’s helpful to know some of the signs of a malfunctioning transponder key so you are sure to get it repaired or replaced before you get locked out of your vehicle or find yourself in a situation where the vehicle won’t start.

  • “Key not in car” dashboard alert – if you have your key in hand but your car isn’t recognizing it, this could be caused by a damaged RFID chip.
  • Locking issues – if the vehicle doesn’t lock or unlock consistently using the key remotely this could indicate a transponder issue.
  • The engine doesn’t start – your key is in the ignition but the car won’t start could mean the vehicle’s computer isn’t recognizing the transponder key and vice versa.

Transponder Key Programming

What is a transponder key? Transponder or high-security car keys have an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip in the head. They have helped to significantly decrease auto theft since their introduction, as you can’t easily start a vehicle that uses a transponder key without it. The transponder key has an anti-theft code in it which sends a signal to the car’s immobilizer to start the car. Basically, the code in the key needs to match the code in the car. A locksmith uses that code to program the key with special car key programming equipment.

Did you know that a transponder key doesn’t have a battery? So, no need to do a battery replacement on these types of keys. The radio frequency emits a low-level signal that is only activated when it is close to the vehicle, thus a battery issue won’t be the reason you need to replace or reprogram your transponder key.

Car fob replacement programming is typically simple but depends on the make and model of your vehicle, as does how long it will take. The cost will also depend on the make and model of your vehicle, but we will do it at a more affordable rate than taking the car to the dealership. NOTE: To cut and/or program a new transponder key for you we’ll need your title and registration to prove you are the owner of the vehicle.

Other Automotive Key Services We Provide

While we can program a transponder key, we also offer other car locksmith services.

  • Single-sided key cutting – we can cut a wide variety of automotive keys including single-sided keys for vintage makes/models.
  • Laser key cutting – also known as sidewinder keys, we have the specialized equipment necessary to make high-security laser-cut keys.
  • Chip key programming – also called transponder keys, we can program copies of your chip key and make new ones from scratch if you’ve lost all your copies.
  • Key fob replacement – we carry fob blanks for a huge variety of automotive makes and models and can program them on-site in our locksmith vehicles.

As a locksmith that can program keys, we offer services for all makes and models. Just give us a call to let us know your car details and we’re happy to come to you, as well as give you an estimate.

Benefits of Working with a Professional Locksmith

The biggest benefit of working with a professional, certified, and insured locksmith is that you’ll get quality work every time. Our technicians are trained in the latest techniques and equipment, and our locksmith vehicles carry all the tools and equipment needed to fix almost any car key issue you might have. We always use the best brands in hardware and parts, and we guarantee the level of workmanship of our locksmiths.

Call Platinum Locksmith Today

We have proudly served the Tampa and Hillsborough County, FL areas for a decade. We provide fast response times, skilled technicians, and affordable rates. As a mobile locksmith we can meet you anywhere you are on the road to fix, repair, or replace any key or car issues you might have. It is our mission to provide the best possible locksmith service we can to our customers. Call us today for your transponder key programming needs.