Car Keys from Photograph of Existing Key - Car Key Help - £13.53
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Car Keys from Photograph of Existing Key - Car Key Help - £13.53

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Found 24th Nov 2014
Honda dealers wanted at least £50 to tell us our "key code" never mind supply us with a key. Car Key Help sold us a key that works perfectly (without transponder) and told us our key code for £13.53 - all we had to do was send in a good photo of a working key.

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Did they send it back to you?

So they know the car make, address its kept at, and what the car key looks like? You couldn't pay me to use this service... Call me cynical but, oh no wait, I'm cynical...

Lol

why would they return the photo?!

Isn't the key code embeded within?

I'm definitely a whiff of something. Is it cow?...

... and you even have to provide the key code for transponders. Hmmm.

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Sid Harper

why would they return the photo?!



Are you asking me? I mean did they send the key to him, not the photo. If they sent the key they know the address...

It's a brilliant idea and if it's a genuine service then it should be scorching hot.
I however agree with williammatthewjackson, I too am a cynic I'm afraid.
The sites contact details is a residential address in Nottingham, it doesn't give me any confidence in this company.
I would at least expect this company to operate from a business address and be registered as a business.
I'm not voting either way and if it is a genuine service I hope they make millions from it.

I cant even begin to imagine how dodgy that would be....

So, they will send out a working car key from just a photo? I wouldnt dare let anyone with a camera near my keys in that case...

ifitsfreeitsmine

It's a brilliant idea and if it's a genuine service then it should be … It's a brilliant idea and if it's a genuine service then it should be scorching hot.I however agree with williammatthewjackson, I too am a cynic I'm afraid.The sites contact details is a residential address in Nottingham, it doesn't give me any confidence in this company.I would at least expect this company to operate from a business address and be registered as a business.I'm not voting either way and if it is a genuine service I hope they make millions from it.



Why would you expect it to run from a business address?
Do you expect a distribution centre to operate from a cubby under someone's stairs?

I've used an eBay seller for the same service but for a lexus key. If you're worried about having it delivered to the same address the vehicle is kept at then use family/friends address.

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ifitsfreeitsmine

It's a brilliant idea and if it's a genuine service then it should be … It's a brilliant idea and if it's a genuine service then it should be scorching hot.I however agree with williammatthewjackson, I too am a cynic I'm afraid.The sites contact details is a residential address in Nottingham, it doesn't give me any confidence in this company.I would at least expect this company to operate from a business address and be registered as a business.I'm not voting either way and if it is a genuine service I hope they make millions from it.


That now have hidden their Whois details, must be viewing this post

Sorry but am I missing something? I understand the principle of cutting a key from a photo (not sure it would work though) but what use is being 'told' your key code? Surely the key needs to be programmed so that it switches off the immobiliser?

Regardless of whether it works or not its obviously risky.....

seems legit to me nothing wrong with a key via post if you dont trust the service go to a dealer stealer X) hot from me

The "key code" the OP talks about relates to the actual cutting of the key. It's has nothing to do with the immobilizer transponder.

You can work out your car key's code just by looking at it. There are plenty of guides online about how to do this and it won't cost you a penny! This is how services like this one are able to provide you with your key code from just a photograph. Once you know your code you can order up as many perfect copies of your keys as you'd like. However, without the transponder from your original set, the car won't start. You can use the keys to manually get into the vehicle but you're not going to be going anywhere.

Also, you can find sellers on eBay who will do all of this for cheaper. Usually around £8 - £10 depending on vehicle.


Edited by: "YM2612" 25th Nov 2014

You could always get the key delivered to a friend or relative in a different town

I've used this service. After watching a locksmith get into my car in under 5 minutes, then make me a working key in the back of his van in 10 giving some bloke in Nottingham a photo of your key is the least of your worries. The transponder part, as people have already said, is thankfully a lot harder to fool.

I have used this service in the past, on 2 occasions.

In both, it was simply a case if the key blade being excessively worn, so I didn't actually need the transponder replacing. I sent a photo of the key, received a working key by post within a couple of days, and then transferred thebtransponder from the old worn key into the new one.

In neither case was my car stolen.

I have used a similar company in the past for a Ford type key (X-type). There were no issues at all.

Just as others said if you are worried then simply give a different delivery address.

CrazyBob

You could always get the key delivered to a friend or relative in a … You could always get the key delivered to a friend or relative in a different town

even better a different country

Looks like the website was established about 4 years ago. There is mention (praise) of this outfit on the MSE website as far back as March 2011 and positive mentions on several other car forums. Couldn't find anything negative written about them.

Nothing useful on Web of Trust other than a positive comment. Smells legit to me - probably a small business run from someone's home / garage.

Is there any reason to trust the local youth working behind the counter of the local car dealership more than these guys?

xbmc

I have used this service in the past, on 2 occasions.In both, it was … I have used this service in the past, on 2 occasions.In both, it was simply a case if the key blade being excessively worn, so I didn't actually need the transponder replacing. I sent a photo of the key, received a working key by post within a couple of days, and then transferred thebtransponder from the old worn key into the new one.In neither case was my car stolen.



but wouldn't you have been sent another worn key if they just copied it from the picture?

No, they don't cut the key to match the photo, they are able to identify what the key originally looked like - the code - by studying the picture, then they cut one of those.


"The sites contact details is a residential address in Nottingham, it doesn't give me any confidence in this company."

Nottingham? Oh god. No, I don't trust them either. Good spot.

How do you move the transponder to the new key? We had a problem where a key blade got broken but we still had the broken key and a spare.

118luke

I cant even begin to imagine how dodgy that would be....So, they will … I cant even begin to imagine how dodgy that would be....So, they will send out a working car key from just a photo? I wouldnt dare let anyone with a camera near my keys in that case...



You will find that there are a lot of sellers on eBay who can do this too. You just send a photo of your car key at the proper angle and they can cut an exact copy for you. They do the remote keys too.

I wish someone would steal my car but they must destroy it too. Any known dodgy companies like this

To be fair I would probably use something like this to get a spare in case someone locks the working keys in the car like my sister did not long ago. But I would find cheaper

[quote=monty77]I've used this service. After watching a locksmith get into my car in under 5 minutes, then make me a working key in the back of his van in 10 giving some bloke in Nottingham a photo of your key is the least of your worries. The transponder part, as people have already said, is thankfully a lot harder to fool.[/quot

Same here used my key to open boot , left keys in the boot and hey presto locked out , took the lock smith hmmm id say at a push 10secs to get into my car

Are key blades that expensive anyway? I had a few key blades from a ford dealer for mk1 focus and they were cut and cost under £5. They then clip on to the transponder.
I also had a blank cut at a key cutter for an mk2 focus for under £8

As someone else mentioned most modern car keys have a transponder chip for the immobiliser in all this company does is cut the key. Main dealers charge silly money for keys. This isn't a deal because they've always been this price.

xbmc

I have used this service in the past, on 2 occasions.In both, it was … I have used this service in the past, on 2 occasions.In both, it was simply a case if the key blade being excessively worn, so I didn't actually need the transponder replacing. I sent a photo of the key, received a working key by post within a couple of days, and then transferred thebtransponder from the old worn key into the new one.In neither case was my car stolen.


Yet

Bought a cut key with blank transponder from these guys, old remote key and OP-COM computer kit from eBay. Their key worked great, I programmed the transponder myself and ended up with a working remote key for half what the dealer wanted (plus the OP-COM is still handy for reading any error codes).
No issues with giving them my address, i think the trip to NI would cost them more than my car is worth

chez_ona

Bought a cut key with blank transponder from these guys, old remote key … Bought a cut key with blank transponder from these guys, old remote key and OP-COM computer kit from eBay. Their key worked great, I programmed the transponder myself and ended up with a working remote key for half what the dealer wanted (plus the OP-COM is still handy for reading any error codes).No issues with giving them my address, i think the trip to NI would cost them more than my car is worth


Have you a link to the op com computer kit as there are usually so many selections?

I bought a Peugeot Partner Van with a very dodgy key so I took a photo of the key uploaded via this website paid the relevant price and it was delivered in a couple of days, All I had to do was swap out the transponder from the broken key.

Have to say it was a fantastic service amazed how it was all done with a photo.

People still use car keys?

haggisheid

Have you a link to the op com computer kit as there are usually so many … Have you a link to the op com computer kit as there are usually so many selections?



Sorry just checked my old orders and apparently the OP-COM was from amazon not eBay.
It was an OP-COM2 from a seller called Tecmania but they don't appear to sell it anymore, I do remember having to find a specific version of the software/firmware online to give me full access and allow me to program keys, this was removed (for my Corsa at least) in newer versions of the software.

GDB2222

How do you move the transponder to the new key? We had a problem where a … How do you move the transponder to the new key? We had a problem where a key blade got broken but we still had the broken key and a spare.



I had a broken key for a Fiat Multipla, Cost me £80 for a new key which was cut and was going to cost me another £80+ to have it coded to the immobilizer.!!!. The chip was moulded into the key.

In the end I sellotaped the old key behind the plastic trim near the barrel where the immobiliser antenna is, So would of been easy to pinch but I soon got rid as it was an absolutely horrible unreliable piece of junk, Was the wifes idea to buy it lol.

Lot's of keys the chip is easily removed and transferred to a new key, Sometimes it requires a bit of disassembly but I'd youtube how too change it.

Sometimes they're methods you can use to pair your new key without having to have it coded via a dealers etc.. Although usually requires a master key, I'd research first.

chez_ona

Sorry just checked my old orders and apparently the OP-COM was from … Sorry just checked my old orders and apparently the OP-COM was from amazon not eBay.It was an OP-COM2 from a seller called Tecmania but they don't appear to sell it anymore, I do remember having to find a specific version of the software/firmware online to give me full access and allow me to program keys, this was removed (for my Corsa at least) in newer versions of the software.


Thanks, will have a look.

Glad my car has keyless entry. lol
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