Start Your Automotive Locksmith Business With An Autel Key Programmer
- Locksmith Industry News
- 09 Feb, 2021
Today's vehicles are almost more computer than machine. The technical aspects behind the security, locking, and starting mechanisms require specialized equipment to work on them -- and as any car owner knows, dealerships charge a premium for replacement keys, key programming, lockouts, and other automotive locksmith services.
As a locksmith, this represents a fantastic opportunity for YOU. By starting, or expanding, your business to include automotive locksmith services, you can offer fast, onsite services below dealership pricing and ultimately gain loyal customers for life.
One of the most important pieces of equipment for an automotive locksmith is a high-quality key programmer.
Why You Need An Automotive Key Programmer
Since the mid-'90s, a lot of vehicles use a transponder chip in a key fob or remote to keep cars more secure through an immobilization system (IMMO system). The transponder must be in proximity for the vehicle to unlock and start. If the key or remote is lost, it will still start the vehicle, so it's critical to have the ability to reset the vehicle's IMMO to recognize the new key.
A key reprogrammer accomplishes these tasks. A quality key reprogrammer can also diagnose problems with a vehicle's IMMO, which can prevent the car from starting until fixed.
Between lost or broken key fobs and glitchy IMMO systems, a key programmer is an essential tool for an automotive locksmith.
Autel Key Programmers
When it comes to reliability and versatility, Autel key programmers are second-to-none. While budget-friendly key programmers exist, their capabilities are generally limited to only programming new keys based on the PIN in the vehicle's memory. Autel key programmers offer dealer-level features that allow you to program OEM and after-market transponder keys and remotes, deactivate old and lost keys, diagnose problems with the IMMO system, and program the IMMO system on nearly any make or model of vehicle.
Autel key programmers offer a wide range of features, but in general you will be able to:
- Add a new key to an existing keyset without deactivating original keys
- Program a new OEM or after-market key
- Reset keys that have malfunctioned to their original programming
- Add or reprogram a remote for a new keyless entry system
- Clone existing transponder keys into a blank
- Read PINs from the vehicle memory to make new keys if all originals are lost
- Generate a whole new set of keys and automatically deactivate old/lost ones
- Diagnose errors in the immobilizer system and reset it to recognize new keys
- Reprogram or deactivate the immobilizer system
Shop Autel Key Programmers For Sale
A leading wholesale locksmith supplier, UHS Hardware carries a wide range of Autel key programmers for sale. Autel key programmers are portable and easy to use. They make it easy, convenient, and affordable to add mobile automotive locksmith services to your business. When you add vehicle lockout services, you have a complete solution when a panicked customer calls and says they lost their keys.