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Car Key Programming

Car Key Programming Specialists


Looking for a locksmith in Seattle that does car key programming? Capital Locksmith has you covered. We specialize in auto locksmith services. As such, we can repair and reprogram any key fob. A mobile unit can come out to your exact location at any time to reprogram your key.

Capital Locksmith is a licensed, insured and bonded local locksmith providing the car owners of Seattle with quality auto locksmith services at great prices. We operate 24 hours and day, 7 days a week. We provide a variety of services for all types of keys, including key duplication, key programming, and transponder key programming. We also provide emergency services for those who are locked out of their cars. No matter what type of car you have, we can help you get back on the road.


Gone are the days when keys were steel forged with teeth that would physically turn internal lock tumblers to unlock a car. Car key technology has modernized quickly over the years. At Capital Locksmith, we keep our services up-to-date to reflect the complexity of modern car lock and key hardware

Types of car keys

There are a variety of car keys available on the market, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The most common type of car key is a standard, mechanical key. This is simply inserted into the ignition and turned to start the engine.

Due to improved regulations all newer model cars have a transponder key. A transponder key uses a small electronic chip to communicate with the car's ignition system. Transponder keys are more expensive than standard keys, but they do provide an extra layer of security.

Finally, there are a variety of smart keys for keyless entry. These use wireless technology to communicate with the car. This allows the car to be started without the need for a physical key. The smart key can also be used to unlock the doors and trunk of the car. Smart keys are the most expensive option, but they play on the added convenience and security.

What is car key programming and what does it do?

Car key programming is the process of syncing a car key with a car's ignition system. This is required for transponder, fob keys and smart keys. Typically when a new car key is created or you have just acquired a replacement car key, it will need programming. Car key programming can also be done if a car's ignition system needs to be reset.

A professional locksmith or auto mechanic will connect to the car's diagnostic port and input a code that will match the car key to the car's ignition system. Once the car key is programmed, it will be able to start the car.

How to get your car key programmed?

In order to get your car key programmed, you will need to take it to a qualified locksmith, auto mechanic or car dealership. They will have the necessary equipment and knowledge to program your key quickly and easily. The process usually only takes a few minutes, and you will be able to drive away with a working key. It is important to note that not all keys can be programmed easily. It's best to check with a locksmith or dealer before getting your key programmed.

Car key programming FAQs

Here are some of our customers Frequently Asked Questions about car key programming.

How much does it cost to have my car key programmed?
How much does it cost to have my car key programmed?
The cost of key programming will vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle. However, it typically ranges from $75-$200.
How long does it take to have my car key programmed?
How long does it take to have my car key programmed?
The length of time it takes to program a car key varies as well, but it usually takes between 30 minutes to an hour.
Do all car keys need to be programmed?
Do all car keys need to be programmed?
No, not all car keys need to be programmed. Only transponder keys and smart keys need to be programmed. Standard car keys can simply be inserted into the ignition and turned to start the car.
What if I lose my only car key?
What if I lose my only car key?
If you lose your only car key, you will need to have a new one made and programmed. This can be done by a locksmith or dealer, and it will typically cost between $75-$200.