Volvo’s line of vehicles are well-known for their longevity on the road and with all those years on the road, misplacing your Volvo keys may become more likely. Because of their reputation, replacing your keys begins with understanding the type of key you have. Older models with standard keys and no fobs or embedded microchips are the easiest replacements to make. You’ll only need your VIN and proof of identification and ownership to work with a dealer or a reputable locksmith to get replacements. For model keys with fobs or microchips replacement may require a Volvo dealer or a qualified locksmith authorized to handle Volvo key replacements.
The newer your vehicle is, the more sophisticated the microprocessor in your vehicle’s key. More recent Volvo models provide keys with a transponder system that gives owners the benefit of protecting their vehicle from theft. An immobilizer located in the car’s antenna communicates with a microchip in the key fob. When an unauthorized key attempts to start the car, it cannot communicate with the antenna’s immobilizer so the engine will not start. With this level of complexity and security, doing your homework on key replacement will save you time and money. To replace keys with this transponder system, you will probably need to visit a Volvo dealership.
Let’s begin with the most obvious course of action – consider getting duplicates of your keys and fobs before you need them. This way, you will never need to react during a state of urgency, which will save not only money but stress. Check with your Volvo dealer when purchasing or servicing your car to see if additional keys can be provided. If they are not included with your purchase or as a part of your vehicle’s coverage, you have a couple of options if you need to purchase duplicates. Check with your Volvo dealership, but also take the time to call an authorized locksmith. You may find that replacement keys through a local locksmith are a less expensive method for replacement.
However, if you are in a situation where your keys are lost unexpectedly, working with a local locksmith may be more convenient. Typically, their hours are more flexible than a dealer’s service shop, and most have emergency service for help at all hours. The most important question to ask is whether or not they are authorized to reproduce Volvo keys without transponder technology correctly.
Categorised in: Automotive Locksmith