If you lost your Chevrolet (Chevy) key, broken your switch blade key in the ignition lock, you want to replace an old worn-out Chevy remote or keyless entry device in Columbia Missouri, or just looking for an affordable or convenient way to get a copy of your key so you have a extra key.

Great News!

You have found the best solution to your problem and by reading this one simple web page you will learn the basics of Chevy keys and lock systems. There are various alternatives  to duplicate your key or to recover from a stolen or misplaced  key incident, by understanding the process involved you will be able to choose what you want to do next.

Even better... We have a 24 Hour mobile Chevrolet lock and key service.. This takes all the stress out of trying to get a key made for your car.

We provide our key cutting, car programming, key programming and key replacement to all these cities and areas in Missouri:   Columbia, MO,  Moberly, MO, Mexico, MO, Boonville, MO, Fayette, MO,  Pilot Grove, MO, Tipton, MO, Sedalia, MO,  California, MO, Sunrise Beach, MO,  Gravois Mills, MO, Camdenton, MO, Osage Beach, MO,  Lake Ozark, MO,  Eldon, MO, Eugene, MO, Jefferson City, Linn, Westphalia, Vienna, Rolla, Loose Creek, MO, Taos, MO, Wardsville, MO, Holts Summit, MO, Fulton, MO, and Montgomery City, MO. 
If you don't see the area you live or work in please call us to see if we can provide service for you.

You can count on our superb technicians to provide you 25+ years of experience in Chevrolet key replacement for ANY model and year vehicle, on a 24/7/356 year basis please call us at (573)645-4001 to schedule a service call. We are  equipped with GM cutters and programmers as well as wide selection of Chevy key blanks and are able to come out to your location in Columbia and  surrounding areas to reprogram your vehicle computer (if needed) and cut and program a new functional key on the spot.

Why do we even use transponder keys?

Most vehicles today uses electronic chipped keys that must be in sync with the car (immobilizer), when the key is inserted and turned in the ignition, the chip is awakened by the immobilizer system and sends  a radio frequency Identification with the pre-registered code to the cars computer.  If the code the key sends doesn't match to the one stored in the cars computer, the vehicle will not start or maybe even lock out the key for a couple of minutes. The reason this system was designed is to make your vehicle more secure,  and to prevent or slow down the high auto theft rates. Another reason for the chips in the keys is to prevent duplication by non authorized individuals. 

Getting a duplicate or a brand new key wasn’t such big deal in the past when you could get a spare at any dealership, hardware store or a locksmith shop, but these days, the advances in electronic keys have made it necessary for the car to be present when the owner wants to copy or make a new key.  There is two things that need to be done when getting a new key made for a car, number one is the cutting of the metal blade, and number two is the the car must be programmed to accept the new code which is contained in the key.  If both of these things aren't done correctly your car won't start and there is a possibility it goes into anti theft mode.

The history and secrets of Chevy chipped keys

General Motors first came out with their VATS (Vehicle Anti Theft System) for Chevy Camaro in 1986 which uses a resistor pellet in the body of the key.  Then around 1996 the car manufacturers started to switch to a more secure key design. This new design helped slow down the unauthorized key duplication and started to slow down auto theft. This new technology consisted of the transponder being added to all the newer keys. The transponder chip is hidden in the plastic head of the key, this chip communicates with the immobilizer system in the vehicle which then tells the engine computer whether it is ok to start the vehicle.  The older transponder chips were non encrypted which allowed criminals to duplicate the code and possibly steal cars.  The car manufacturers found out about this, and encrypted the coding in the keys which slowed down the breaking of the codes in the keys. This has lowered the auto theft rates and made vehicles more secure.  All GM vehicle brands such as Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Saturn have keys with the new anti theft technology inside the keys.

Transponders VS VATS keys

Do not confuse transponder keys with the former VATS/PASS keys which contain a visible resistor pellet. Nearly every Chevrolet original transponder keys have either a PK3, PK3+ or + marked on them. Chevrolet also employs the Pass Lock mechanism on some cars and trucks (from 1996 to 2007) that do use electronics in the ignition lock, but there is no electronic in the key itself. This is often a point of confusion.

Models using VATS  OR PASSKEY / PASSLOCK  system
  • Chevrolet Blazer 98+  uses Passlock 
  • Chevrolet Camaro 86+ uses VATS
  • Chevrolet Cavalier 96-99 uses Passlock
  • Chevrolet Cavalier 2000 uses Passlock 
  • Chevrolet Corvette 88+ uses VATS
  • Chevrolet Express 97+ Passlock 
  • Chevrolet Impala 2000 uses Passlock
  • Chevrolet Lumina 96+ uses VATS
  • Chevrolet Malibu 97+ uses Passlock 
  • Chevrolet Monte Carlo 96 - 99 uses VATS
  • Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2000 uses Passlock 
  • Chevrolet Pickup Full-size 98+ uses Passlock 
  • Chevrolet S-10 98+ uses Passlock
  • Chevrolet Savanah uses Passlock 
  • Chevrolet Suburban 98+ uses Passlock
  • Chevrolet Tahoe 98+ uses Passlock
  • Chevrolet Van 98+ uses Passlock
  • Chevrolet Venture 99+ Passkey 3

Models using transponder (RFID) keys
  • Chevy Avalanche 2007
  • Chevy Aveo (optional-rare) 2004+
  • Chevy Camaro 2010+
  • Chevy Captiva Sport 2012
  • Chevy Caprice (police) 2011+
  • Chevy Colbalt 2006-2011
  • Chevy Corvette 2005+
  • Chevy Equinox 2007+
  • Chevy Express Van 2008+
  • Chevy HHR 2006+
  • Chevy Impala 2006+
  • Chevy Malibu 2004+
  • Chevy Monte Carlo 2006-2007
  • Chevy Silverado 2007+
  • Chevy Sonic 2012+
  • Chevy Suburban 2007+
  • Chevy Tahoe 2007+
  • Chevy Traverse 2009+
  • Chevy Uplander 2005-2008
  • Chevy Venture 1999-2005
  • Chevy Volt 2011+
Duplicating Chevrolet keys

Transponders and VATS keys helped us in the last two decades in reducing car theft all over the world and conveniently operating the automatic opening and closing of cars doors, trunk, windows, alarm and more, but the bad thing is that prices for keys can easily reach hundreds of dollars. If you currently have a functional key and would like  a spare key you can call us and we get a new spare key made very fast.  It is always a good idea to call us before buying keys offline because we know the proper key or remote for your car.  If you buy online you take a big risk and it can cost you more than just having us do the job.

Lost Chevrolet keys 

If all the keys are lost the options of getting a new key made are not as good as having a simple key duplicated. Here are a couple reasons why loosing all your keys is not a good idea:  you might loose the last key on a holiday or when the closest Locksmith is closed this might prevent you from driving for a day or two. The cost of loosing all your keys is a big factor, some Locksmiths charge a lot of money in some areas. If you do find someone who can supposedly make a new replacement key, they might not be experienced enough to get the job done.  

When you call us for a lost key or spare have nothing to worry about, we have over 25 years experience and can get the job done quickly at a decent price. Don't worry if your key has a chip in it or not, we can do all Chevy keys.  The newer cars must be programmed to accept a new key, this isn't a problem for us at Columbia Lost Car Key.

Ignition Lock Cylinder Issues

Mechanical ignition issues are quite common with cars due the repeated turning of the ignition lock. We see lots of broken keys in the ignition locks, hard to turn or stuck ignition lock cylinders that won't turn and even ignition locks that have been damaged by a theft attempt.  Ignition lock issues can catch you by surprise or might show some signs of a problem. Here is a couple signs that should indicate your ignition lock needs to be serviced soon: 

1. The lock binds after putting your key in the lock when attempting to turn the lock.

2. The key gets stuck in the lock and won't come out like it should.

3.  The key goes in the lock but the lock doesn't turn at all to any position.

If any of these things happen please call us at Columbia Lost Car Key (573-645-4001) to schedule service for your vehicle.  If service isn't done to correct the issues, your vehicle may leave you stranded when you need it the most.  This is very inconvenient for you and usually may cost more money for repairs depending on what is wrong with the lock cylinder.  Most of the time we can fix a small issue and that will prevent a bigger issue later.

Final Note

If you lost the last chip key or transponder key to your vehicle, the vehicle needs to be present in the making of the new key this is no big deal because we come to the vehicle to do the job. If you don't have us do the job on site sometimes the only option is to tow the car to the dealer.  This ends up costing you more money in the long run after towing and new key charges and programming is done.

Please keep our phone number handy in case you need fast emergency service to make a new key or to get  a spare key made.

We  offer the quickest automotive locksmith services with most affordable rates in town!  We can do ignition repairs, key replacement, smart key and fobic remote programming, lock picking, lock rekeying and more on the spot, we have the tools, experience and knowledge to offer the best resolutions possible for each situation. If you are looking for a Chevrolet locksmith in Columbia Missouri, call (573)645-4001 for 24HR Fast and affordable mobile car key replacement service, lost ignition keys made, broken remotes fixed or replaced, key fobs or keyless entry duplicates.

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