Whether you live in Kansas City, Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, or beyond, you’ll one day find yourself hunting for your Honda’s keys. Maybe you misplaced them at work or your dog ate them. Your kids might’ve ‘hidden’ them in the toilet bowl. There’s a reason new vehicles come with a second set of car keys! Eventually, though, you’ll need to get a Honda key replacement if they don’t turn up.
What do you need to do to replace your ignition keys and your Honda key fob? Here’s what you’ll need to do in order to get a replacement key.
What a New Key Involves
For the past decade or so, all Honda car models have used a transponder key. That means there’s a microchip embedded in the plastic portion of the key. These chips require that a technician programs the key to your Honda. If the key isn’t programmed, the vehicle’s anti-theft system will prevent it from starting and running – it thinks you’re stealing the car!
A replacement Honda keyless entry remote also needs to be programmed to your vehicle’s onboard computer. So, even if you just lose the fob, you’ll need to bring it in for programming.
Matching the Key to Your Honda
Not just any key will fit your Honda’s ignition. It has to be cut and programmed precisely for your Honda Civic, Accord, Ridgeline, CR-V, or another model so it only fits the one ignition. This process can’t be done at your typical locksmith – only your Honda dealer can cut the key.
Does My Car Have to Be There?
If you lose your key, it’s obviously difficult to bring your car in for its replacement key. Unfortunately, that’s how it has to be, and it might require a tow if you don’t have a key. Since programming is essentially pairing a new key to your Honda, both your car and your new key have to be present. As well, you should have all other keys and remotes with you to make sure they continue to function after programming.
Need a new Honda replacement key in Kansas City? We can help. At Jay Wolfe Honda, our expert staff will get you set up with new Honda keys, fast and easy. And with competitive prices, you can be sure you aren’t overpaying to get back behind the wheel.