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Need spare keys for your home, business, or car? Our reliable key duplication service in Buffalo, NY, offers accurate and affordable duplication of traditional and high-security keys. Contact Alta Locksmithing's professionals today for fast and convenient key duplication solutions.
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Whether they be house keys, business keys, or car keys, Alta Locksmithing can create copies for you with our key duplication service! We know how important it is to have a backup key in case of emergencies, which is why we offer quick and efficient services so you can get your key back, and have a backup key to boot!

Alta Locksmithing has the best local building and car key duplication services to offer high-quality duplicate keys while helping you to save money. We can even create keys for transponder keys, key fobs, proximity keys, and more! So if you're in need of a copied key, don't hesitate to give us a call!

What is Key Duplication?

Key duplication involves the creation of an identical copy of an existing key. This process can be done by hand or with the use of a machine. Depending on the type of key, the process of duplication can vary.

For instance, hand-duplicated keys are usually only used for basic keys such as house keys or office keys. On the other hand, machine-duplicated keys are often used for more complex keys, such as the transponder key or key fob.

What is the Difference Between Key Cutting and Key Duplication?

Key cutting is the process of creating a new key from scratch based on your current lock, while key duplication is copying an existing key. When someone requests a key cut, it requires special machinery and equipment, which is why it is usually done by professional locksmiths. Key duplication, however, can be done with a simple key duplicator machine, which is why it is often available at hardware stores.

Why Might You Need Key Duplication?

Typically, you may want a duplicate key if you have lost your original key or if you simply want a spare key. Having an extra key is always a good idea in case of an emergency. For example, if you lock yourself out of your house, you can give your spare key to a trusted friend or family member so they can let you in.

In addition, some people choose to have replicated keys made for their car or business. This way, if they lose or bring the wrong key, they can still get into their car or office with one of the key copies.

How long Does it Take to Duplicate a Key?

Most house keys can be duplicated within minutes, while more complex keys such as transponder keys may take a bit longer. More than often, the majority of the waiting that is done during the process, happens as the locksmith is on their way to the job site. All in all, the process is usually quick and easy, so you won't have to wait long to get your duplicate key!

How Much Does it Cost to Copy a Key?

On average, your standard key duplication will cost between $4-$10 for basic keys. If you have a more complicated or high-security key, the price may be higher. With key fobs, car keys with transponder chips, or smart keys, it's best to contact a locksmith like Alta Locksmithing to inquire about how much it'll cost for your specific type of car key duplication services.

To get an exact quote, please call us at 716-331-8964 and we will be happy to assist you!

Are Duplicate Car Keys Legal?

Of course! With the correct permissions and vehicle identification number, you're allowed to have as many duplicate keys as you want. Though every type of car key is not copied in the same manner.

Some basic car keys that have built-in transponder chips can be easily duplicated at the right hardware store, or through a mobile locksmith. Other more sophisticated vehicle keys that have programmable microchips can only be copied with the help of a professional locksmith, one who has the specific machinery and software required to do so. Just remember that if you give a copy of your car key to someone, they will have access to your car -so only give copies of your car key to people you trust!

Can Key Fobs be Duplicated?

Key fobs, also known as proximity keys or keyless entry fobs, are small devices that are used to unlock and operate a vehicle without the use of a traditional key. Some key fobs can be duplicated, while others cannot.

For example, if your key fob has a transponder chip that is programmed to your car, it cannot be duplicated without the help of a professional locksmith. This form of copying requires a blank key, otherwise known as "key blanks," in which the key blank is cut and programmed to match your car.

On the other hand, if your key fob does not have a transponder chip, it can be duplicated using a standard key cutter. This process is much simpler and can often be done at your local hardware store or through a mobile locksmith.

Can Transponder Keys be Duplicated?

Transponder keys, also known as chip keys or ignition keys, are equipped with a transponder chip that is programmed into your car. This type of key cannot be duplicated without the help of a professional locksmith, which is why Alta Locksmithing recommends key duplication services to those that want to save themselves a trip to a car dealership or local hardware store.

As previously stated, a transponder key typically can't be copied alone, and attempting to do so isn't recommended. Only a professional locksmith has the key blanks and hardware required for car key duplication.

There's also always the risk of having a transponder key duplicated at a hardware store or by an inexperienced locksmith, increasing the chance that your new key will not work properly. This could end up costing you more time and money in the long run, so it's always best to entrust your key duplication needs to a professional like Alta Locksmithing.

What is a Smart Key?

A smart key is a type of car key that uses RFID technology to unlock and/or start a car. Smart keys are also used to activate different functions in the car, such as opening the trunk or rolling down the windows.

Can Smart Keys be Duplicated?

Smart keys, also known as proximity keys or push-to-start keys, are equipped with a transponder chip that is programmed to your car. This type of key typically can't be duplicated without the help of a professional locksmith, which is why Alta Locksmithing recommends key duplication services to those that want to save themselves a trip to a car dealership or local hardware store.

Can a Car Key Replacement Happen On-Site?

Luckily, with Alta's mobile locksmith service, house key, commercial key, or car key replacement is possible anywhere! No matter where you are or what time it is, if you need a new key, our locksmiths will come to you.

What to Do if the Initial Key Is Missing or Damaged?

Here at Alta, we are often asked whether customers need to bring in the original key when they come in for key duplication services. The answer is no - in most cases, we are able to duplicate a key without the original.

However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. For instance, if you have a rare or antique key, it's always best to bring in the original so that we can make an exact copy. In addition, if you have a key that is part of a unique security system, we may need the original in order to program the duplicate key.

Whatever route you take, having a basic key copy made doesn't have to be difficult - just be sure to have all the necessary information on hand, and your local store or locksmith will handle the rest. If you're still unsure whether you need to bring in the original key, just give us a call and we'll be happy to advise you!

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At Alta Locksmithing, we understand that losing a key can be a frustrating experience. That's why we offer a quick and easy home and car key duplication service. We can copy almost any type of key, and we keep our prices very competitive. With us, customer satisfaction is a guarantee! So if you need a copy of your key, come to Alta Locksmithing - we've got your back when it comes to backups!

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