Raleigh Locksmith Group will professionally make you a new transponder key. What’s even better is that we can do this quickly, and we come to you!

We know that missing car key is an emergency and as your Raleigh locksmith service, we encounter this issue frequently. The experience of losing your electronic car key, also known as a transponder key, is very stressful. If you are unable to enter or use your vehicle, not only are you feeling frustrated, but you’ve found yourself in the midst of a security issue as well.

When car owners are in this situation, they often feel vulnerable and sometimes panic. This response is entirely understandable. Your safety and your vehicle are of the utmost importance.

Many people simply do not know how to have the transponder keys to their vehicles replaced. Others have heard the myth that only a dealership is able to make new electronic keys.

Our trusted team is very aware of how serious losing a transponder key is, so we provide our customers with replacement transponder keys which we make on-site. Raleigh Locksmith Group’s dedicated service allows you to save yourself the hassle of dealing with the dealership. This means that you can get back on the road in your vehicle as soon as possible.

How is a transponder key made?

Years of experience and training, plus special equipment allow us to program a new transponder key for your vehicle. We use the same tools as car dealerships to program remote entry keys. After we program your new transponder key, it is able to send a signal to your car’s receiver, which is located near the ignition.

Keep in mind that because transponder keys must be programmed using expertise and advanced instruments, you should only trust a licensed and bonded service like Raleigh Locksmith Group with this task.

How much does it cost to have a new remote entry key made for my car?

Every lockout situation is unique. Factors like the make and model of your car determine the cost of replacing your transponder key. Transponder keys are embedded with microchips, which make them more costly for anyone (including both locksmiths and dealers) to replace.

Give us a call at (919) 372–3667. We would be happy to provide you with a free estimate based upon your individual needs.

Do I really need a transponder key for my vehicle?

Yes! A standard key may open the door to your car, but most vehicles with transponder keys will not start without the electronic component to their keys.

In other words, the microchip in the key is necessary to drive the car because it communicates with the ignition system.

Transponder keys are also more secure than older, traditional car keys because they help prevent thieves from “hot wiring” and stealing cars. Once again, most cars with transponder keys will not start unless the key’s microchip or the serial number is detected.

Although no security measure is entirely foolproof, transponder keys are MUCH more efficient than standard keys at protecting your vehicle and any belongings inside it from crooks.

When should I call a locksmith about my remote entry key?

You should call a licensed professional locksmith anytime you need a replacement transponder key or a new battery for your key. Any time your key is lost, stolen, or unresponsive, call us and a member of the experienced local team at Raleigh Locksmith Group will be there to assist you.

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The Raleigh Locksmith Group team encounters keys broken in locks often. There are a few different reasons why keys people end up in this situation. We’ll review these reasons, what you should do if your key breaks off inside a lock. We will also tell you how to prevent broken keys and give you some tips on how you may be able to fix the situation yourself. Remember, if your key is broken or stuck inside a lock, we can quickly create a replacement key for you or rekey your lock! You can call us at 919-372-3667.

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So, why do keys break off inside locks?

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Here are some common reasons why keys break inside locks, or get stuck in locks:

  • The key is old, and daily use has resulted in a lot of “wear and tear.”
  • The lock itself faulty or malfunctioning.
  • The lock has not been properly maintained with lubricant.
  • If you used a lot of force, and the soft metal of the key snapped under pressure.
  • The key or lock was made by a low-quality manufacturer.

What to do if your key has broken inside a lock, or is stuck in a lock:

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Act quickly if you break your key off inside a lock. If the key broke off while the door was unlocked, your vehicle, home, or office is no longer secure and is at risk of theft. On the other hand, if the key broke off while the door was locked, you are now locked out of your property. Regardless of whether or not the door was locked when the key broke, leaving the broken key in the door can cause permanent damage to the lock.

We would love to be your trusted emergency locksmith if you break a key in a lock.

If you live in Raleigh or the surrounding area, call Raleigh Locksmith Group at (919)372–3667. Our customer-focused locksmith company is licensed and bonded, and we have a team of highly-trained technicians. We’re affordable, reliable, and highly rated!

That being said, it may be possible for you to remove the broken key yourself.

We would like to share some unbiased tips about how you may try to remove the broken lock.

  1. Check to see if part of the key is sticking out of the lock. Even if only a small portion of the broken key is protruding, consider yourself lucky!
  2. If a large portion of the key is sticking out, try pinching the key between two fingers to withdraw it. Please be careful if you choose to do this and consider your safety. You do not want to cut your fingers on a broken key. A pair of leather gloves may come in handy.
  3. If a smaller portion of the key is visible outside the lock, you may be able to withdraw it using needle nose pliers. This method also has drawbacks. Be very gentle. You do not want to snap off the protruding portion of the key and leave part of the key inside the lock.
  4. If the key is not protruding from the lock, some individuals recommend inserting a tiny flathead screwdriver into the lock to try to remove the key. In our experience, this method tends to do more harm than good, often damaging the lock. For this reason, we recommend calling Raleigh Locksmith Group at (919)372-3667 if the broken key is not sticking out from the lock.

Get replacement locks and keys:

If your key breaks off in your lock, you will likely need a replacement key. Raleigh Locksmith Group will quickly and affordably perform this service for you. Whether you need to replace a key to your home, or an electronic transponder key to your vehicle, we are here to help. Raleigh Locksmith Group can also check your lock for damage, and we conveniently and professionally install, repair, and rekey locks and deadbolts.

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Prevent broken keys:

  • If your key appears to be damaged, it’s time to get rid of it. Make sure that you have at least one reliable key and one reliable spare. Throw out any key looks bent or otherwise seems to be problematic.
  • You should also apply a silicone-based lubricant spray to the keyhole once every 6 months. This maintenance step should also be taken if you notice a friction, sticking, or grinding when you try to use the lock.
  • Don’t try to force keys into locks if the lock feels “stuck.” If you do this, you are likely to damage your lock or key. Hint: call us for help!

Get in touch with a professional Raleigh locksmith

We recommend saving the Raleigh Locksmith Group number now: 919-372-3667. Add us to your contact list before you have an emergency so that you can reach us immediately and receive peace of mind. For more information about our top-rated services and solutions, visit our About page. Raleigh Locksmith Group has provided highly recommended service to Raleigh and the surrounding area for over a decade. Let us impress you!

Raleigh Locksmith Group is your emergency locksmith!

Let us get your keys back in your hands with our fast, affordable service.

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If you need a Raleigh locksmith, we are your local, trusted team. We frequently help people in Raleigh and neighboring areas with their auto emergencies. It is very common to accidentally lock keys inside a vehicle. While we love to have your business, you safety and knowledge is important to us. There may be some steps that you can take to get your keys back safely before calling a locksmith.

If you DO need a locksmith in now, call Raleigh Locksmith Group at (919)372-3667.


Let’s review the steps you should take if you encounter this problem. Then, we’ll explain you how our experts can help you if you accidentally lock your keys inside your car.


What you should do if you lock your keys in your vehicle:


  1. Remain calm and make sure that you are in a safe location.

    If you feel that you are in an unsafe location, it might be a good idea to enter a nearby store or restaurant. Emergencies can be distracting. Therefore, you should be aware of your surroundings.
  2. Check to make sure that you do not have a spare auto key with you.

    Sometimes, people forget about spare keys that they have placed in pockets or purses.
  3. If you are not able to locate a spare key immediately and there is a small child in your vehicle, call the local emergency department (911) immediately.

    First responders will come right away and save the child in your vehicle. In the meantime, block the interior of the vehicle from sunlight as much as you can. If you have access a coat or a towel, these items can be used to cover the windows. Remember not panic. Track the number of minutes the child is in the car. That information may be helpful to EMTs.

    Although you might be tempted to try to break the window to the vehicle immediately, keep in mind that doing so could injure you or the child. Trust the experts. The 911 operator can give you advice.
  4. Try to remember if someone else has a key to your car.

    Does a family member, roommate, or friend have access to a copy of your auto key? If so, you can call that person for help. However, if no one else has a key to your car, or it will take them a long time to arrive, proceed to Step 5.
  5. Call Raleigh Locksmith Group at (919) 372–3667.

    One of our experts will arrive promptly. You’ll quickly regain access to your vehicle at an affordable price. Even if you are out of town and need a locksmith in Cary, we’ll be there quickly.

Raleigh Locksmith Group prioritizes your security. We know that being locked out of your car is a locksmith emergency!


What you should NOT do if you lock your keys in your vehicle:

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  • Please do NOT call a locksmith company that is not licensed and bonded.

    You should never hire a locksmith company that is uninsured, unlicensed, or inexperienced. In order to protect your welfare, the North Carolina Locksmith Licensing Act states that only licensed companies may perform locksmith services in NC. We responsibly update our license with NC Locksmith Licensing Board and we are a bonded company.
  • DON’T try to break a car window, door, or lock.

    Getting your key back is not worth hurting yourself or damaging your vehicle.
  • Do NOT try to pick a lock on your car.

    Of course, intentionally breaking a lock will destroy part of your car. However, if you try to pick the lock, you will probably end up with the same result: a damaged vehicle. Only a professional locksmith should work on your vehicle’s locks. “Do-it-yourself” projects can be fun, but picking your auto lock is not a Pinterest “DIY” adventure. A little patience will save you a lot of frustration and money. We will be there as soon as possible and solve the problem.

Relax, Raleigh Locksmith Group is on your team!


A few final thoughts:

It’s a great idea to have a plan in place for emergencies like locking your keys in your car.

Unexpected situations should always be expected. Keeping this in mind can help you deal with unplanned events when they happen. Add Raleigh Locksmith Group to your contact list – (919) 372–3667. This way, you won’t have to worry about how you’ll reach us when you need a professional locksmith.

Sometimes people lose or misplace car keys. If your key isn’t inside your car, and you don’t know where it is, we can help with that too.

Our expert technicians can quickly rekey cars with missing keys. We can even make new electronic transponder car keys – just like a car dealership can! Raleigh Locksmith Group uses the same technology as car dealers do to make auto keys with microchips. We will meet you wherever your car is and offer you an affordable price and excellent service.

We love to hear from our local community.

If you have questions or comments, give us a call. Or, email us at info@raleighlocksmithgroup.com. Thank you for relying on us, Raleigh — it’s an honor to assist you! Please click here to return to our home page.

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