Please note: We do NOT cut or program customer supplied blanks, chip keys, remotes, or key fobs that are not purchased from us. This includes blanks or remotes purchased online.
Bob's Master Safe and Lock can make most transponder keys at both of our locations. For us to duplicate a transponder key at one of our locations, in most cases you must be driving the vehicle to make an extra duplicate key and we must have access to the vehicle to program the new key. There are a few ways to make a transponder key, and the method used depends upon the make and model of the car. The following is an overview of the process:
Cloning or Programming?
Some transponder keys can be cloned. These are usually for the older cars that first used transponder chips in the key, most but not all are pre-1998. That means that the programming in the head of the key (the chip) can be copied (cloned) from the old key to the new duplicate using a tool known as a cloner. This is becoming less common as more cars move to a rolling code method used by the electronics of the immobilizer in the vehicle. The cloning PDF file below lists the cars that can have their keys cloned, and usually in-car programming is not needed.
Most newer vehicles use a rolling code method of programming. This means that the vehicle must be programmed with the key at the time of purchase of the new key with a special tool known as a TKO (Transponder Key Originator) that is plugged into the vehicle's diagnostic port. We have this equipment at both of our locations. Usually this programming requires a PIN which is obtained at the time of purchase of new key. If your vehicle requires a PIN (most do), we have access to the manufacturer's computer systems (the same ones that the dealers have) and can get the PIN without going to the dealer by using the VIN for the vehicle. Our agreements with the vehicle manufacturers require you to sign a release form that gives us the authorization from you to access the PIN codes and programming information for your vehicle from the manufacturer's database and generate a key using your VIN,
and certifies that you are the owner of the vehicle. Proof of ownership is required as is a photo ID matching the registration. The vehicle must be brought to us so it may be programmed to accept the newly generated duplicate key (or we must go to the vehicle to program it if you have lost your ignition key). This process may take up to 1 hour to perform all the steps to program the vehicle. The factory designs the programming process to be slow so thieves can't just reprogram your vehicle and steal it quickly. Keys that require a PIN code,
key code or in-vehicle programming will not be made under any circumstances without the release form being signed. This release form is filed at our office and is subject to audit by the vehicle manufacturers.
Please note that purchases of keys made by VIN code are non refundable. Keys cut by VIN are tested in front of the customer to make sure they work, we do not charge the key by VIN lookup fee if the key doesn't work.
We charge $69.95 for transponder keys which can be cloned and $129.95 for standard transponder keys that require in-vehicle programming using the TKO. If your key contains remote buttons or needs to be special ordered from the factory, the prices may be higher - we will inform you of the price once we know what kind of vehicle you have before we begin making the key.
We do not cut, warranty, or program customer supplied blanks, chip keys, remotes, or key fobs.
The TKO PDF below lists the vehicles that our TKO equipment can create keys for.
Note that we cannot warranty or cut customer provided keys, key blanks, remotes, or key fobs that are not purchased from us, give out key codes or PIN codes, or access the factory databases without a signed release form. Our agreements with the manufacturers prohibit us from providing the PIN, key code and programming information to the public. If you have replaced your vehicle locks, transponders, immobilizer, or ignition control modules with parts not installed by the factory (at a junkyard, auto parts store, mechanic, locksmith, etc.) the above PIN/programming lookup process will not work (as we can't look up your information, and the factory info for your vehicle will not match the aftermarket parts) and we cannot make a key for the vehicle. We do not under any circumstances mail keys made by this process or make keys for a third party.
Making a key by VIN if you have lost all keys
If you have lost all keys to the vehicle, we can come to you for an additional charge and make a new transponder key using the VIN number for the vehicle for most vehicles. You
will need to sign the release form required by the vehicle manufacturer when we arrive, and you will need to provide proof of ownership of the vehicle and a photo ID. Keys will not be generated for vehicles without this information. Again, If you have replaced your vehicle locks, transponders, immobilizer, or ignition control modules with parts not installed by the factory and registered by the manufacturer (at a junkyard, auto parts store, mechanic, a locksmith, etc.) the above PIN/programming lookup process will not work (as we can't look up your information, and the factory info for your vehicle will not match the aftermarket parts) and we cannot make a key for the vehicle. We do not under any circumstances mail keys made by this process or make keys for a third party. Please contact us at 317-783-3861 for more details.
Click here for a list of vehicles that can keys can be cloned for.
Click here for a list of vehicles that must use the TKO to program the vehicle for the key.