Losing your car keys could cost you thousands to replace them
Gone are the days when losing your car keys meant a simple trip to the locksmith with the replacement part, paying only a few rand to have a new key cut.
Losing your car key means you could pay thousands of Rand to fix the problem, while still getting stuck.
Technology has developed widely and transponder technology is no exception, unless you are still driving a vintage model.
According to the National President of the Automobile Industry Workshop Association (MIWA), Dewald Ranft, in some cases motorists may end up waiting longer than a few days, especially if they own exotic cars, which would result in a key replacement cost well over a few thousand. Rand.
“The cost of a single key replacement ranges from 2000 R2 to 500 R4. New keys have to be ordered and these have to be cut and coded, ”he said.
But you have the spare part safely stowed away, right?
Well, if you don’t know where the spare key is supposed to shell out even more, while still being car free for even longer and worrying about the cost of towing.
“Depending on the model and make of the car, one could easily quote between 10,000 and over 20,000 rand,” Ranft said.
This high-tech headache doesn’t mean all hope is lost, thankfully.
MIWA-accredited aftermarket workshops offer a legitimate alternative to cutting and recoding modern car keys – at a competitive price too.
An added benefit is that in most cases, owners can be helped immediately, meaning they aren’t left without a car for more than a day.
MIWA accredited workshops are familiar with the technology used and have been working in this field since the introduction of modern car keys in South Africa.
“Many MIWA stores offer genuine keys and also stock aftermarket keys that may look different from the original – however, they work the same, but cost less. Some workshops even offer diagnostic tools that can reset the car’s computer if both keys are lost, ”Ranft said.
Check first as your warranties may be affected when dealing with MIWA for key replacement.