Technology moves at such a fast rate that it is often easy to forget just how far and how quickly it has moved over the last 20-30 years. Many new devices have become polarised, like smartphones, touch screen tablets, virtual assistants and for the products that remain, like cars, they have been dramatically refined with seat warmers, automatic windows and the invention of the electronic car key. The electronic car key is the perfect microcosm to examine this upgrade in technology, and this article will go over just how radical the change has been and how it continues to benefit us today.
The Benefits Of The Electronic Push-Button Car Key
The technical term for your electronic car key is the aforementioned 'electronic push-button car key' which perfectly encapsulates the most important feature that this current generation of car keys holds over its predecessors. The ability to open car doors from afar through the use of personalised radio signals is a relatively recent invention in the history of automobiles, coming through in the early to mid-1980s and then being popularised widely throughout the 1990s. Modern variants of electronic push-button car keys have longer ranges and are more reliable, but the technology itself has been consistent because it works and is not very easy to tamper with. In fact, the cars mechanical lock is generally easier to break into because it is simply a general lock, whereas the electronic car key has a personalised radio signal that is not easy to emulate.
What To Do If You Lose Or Break Your Car Key
Unfortunately, the biggest problem with electronic push-button car keys is that, because they have a chip inside the actual key, they are prone to malfunction due to damage from everyday wear and tear. If your electronic push-button car key breaks down, the best thing you can do is return to the licensed seller you bought the car from and request a replacement key as soon as possible, as you may void your warranty if you use the key while it is broken.
If you bought your car from a second-hand dealer, then you will probably have to go to a locksmith that specialises in electronic push-button car keys, as the original retailer is likely to be more expensive and less enthusiastic to work with you if you are not the original owner. If you lose your key, you should immediately get it replaced because if your key falls into the wrong hands, then the possibility for your car to be stolen is very much on the cards. There is no simple solution to getting your electronic push-button key replaced without consulting a professional as it requires special knowledge to get recalibrated correctly.
For more information on electronic push-button car keys, contact your local auto locksmith.