A NEW service at Steadman’s Ace Hardware! We now offer Automotive Chip Key Cutting!
Steadman’s Ace Hardware is a C3 Certified ChipKey® Center. Our team of C3 certified ChipKey® technicians can reproduce Chip Keys for about 90% of automobile brands, and for a fraction of the cost of most car dealerships.
We stock an assortment of ChipKeys® for hundreds of car and truck makes and models. We guarantee the key will work before you leave the parking lot! This service is so quick we can make your certified ChipKey® while you shop!
In addition to ChipKeys®, we also offer VAT keys or regular duplicate car keys. You can also find a large selection of keys for the house, mailbox, camper, padlock, and more at Steadman’s Ace Hardware.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a ChipKey®?
A: ChipKey® or anti-theft auto keys contain a computer “transponder” chip in the head of the key programmed to the vehicle’s security system. Duplicate keys for your vehicle require programming this matching code in order to operate the vehicle. Auto manufacturers began phasing these keys into production vehicles starting in 1995. The vehicle’s anti-theft computer and the programmed chipkey help to curb auto theft and reduce insurance premiums.
Q: How do I know if my vehicle needs a ChipKey®?
A: A trained technician at Steadman’s can perform a simple test to see if your car requires a ChipKey®. Simply bring your current car key to Steadman’s so that we may check it.
Q: If I replace a ChipKey® with a standard plastic-head key, will it still work?
A: No. A key could be cut to open your doors or trunk, but unless it contains a computer chip with a code matched to your security system, the ignition will not turn on.
Q: Why do I need a spare ChipKey®?
A: If your car requires a ChipKey® and you lose the original without a spare set, the vehicle will need to be towed to a dealership to reprogram your car’s security computer. Keeping at least one spare ChipKey® will stop you from wasting time and money.