Expand your key department with ChipKey vehicle key and vehicle remotes from the premier auto key tech company, Hy-Ko!
C3 includes everything you need for a successful and profitable auto ChipKey program
Cloning is an excellent method of key duplication – it’s simple, it’s fast and it’s accurate.
There are about 270 million registered vehicles on the road today and Hy-Ko’s cloning-based C3 program is able duplicate keys for up to 81% of those vehicles.
Most keys are programmed IN-STORE in 15 seconds or less.
C3 covers most makes and models, including many 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and even some 2018 models. As technology evolves, Hy-Ko provides continuous upgrades to the system. The Mega I-Tool® update adds the following vehicles:
I-Keys, P-Keys and A-Keys for the most popular vehicles!
Hy-Ko's expert field managers use our ChipKey certification program to train your staff on selling and programming ChipKeys.
Call the technical support hotline and get the information required to take care of your customers' ChipKey needs!
Create a ChipKey destination in your store!
POP Kit, included with every C3 Center:
Login to access resources exclusive to C3 Centers!
A-Keys are advanced ChipKeys that can be programmed to work with many newer model year vehicles.
Start programming A-Keys right away, no new equipment needed! A-Keys program with your I-Tool. Call today to order.
Learn about Hy-Ko's C3 Center and you'll be able to program A-Keys as well as I-Keys and P-Keys!
Get started with Hy-Ko's easy remote program which includes 12 popular Ford, GM and Chrysler remotes.
The FOB assortment includes window cling, tent sign, bag stuffers and merchandiser with battery tester.
Assortment includes 5 common remote batteries.
Easily and quickly find the correct vehicle remote and programming instructions using this free tool!
Pedrotti Ace Hardware, California
MKG Ace Hardware, Indiana
M&D Supply, Texas
Fullerton Ace Hardware, California
Ziegler Ace South Elgin, Illinois
Hill's Ace Hardware & Lumber Center, Georgia
Orchards Ace Hardware, Colorado
Buehler's Ace Hardware, Ohio
Steward's Ace Hardware, Connecticut
Lynden Ace Hardware, Washington
MKG Ace Hardware, Indiana
Walla Walla Ace Hardware, Washington
Los Gatos Ace Hardware, California
Dukes Ace Hardware, Illinois
Ace Hardware City, Texas
Randleman Road Ace, North Carolina
A. ChipKeys 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.
A. The computer chip in the key holds a code like a password. The computer in the vehicle reads the password in the chipkey, and if the password is correct the vehicle will start. Otherwise, the vehicle will be inoperable. This extra layer of security is a proven deterrent to theft and contributes to lower insurance premiums on vehicles with this technology.
A. The key is no longer a key. It is a high-tech device that communicates electronically with the vehicle’s engine computer with a unique security code. The majority of newer vehicles use smart keys that contain special-coded computer chips. The new anti-theft automotive computer technology is a very expensive component which was designed to protect against vehicle theft. The ChipKey must be programmed to work with a particular vehicle. Programming these keys requires specialized diagnostic equipment operated by a trained technician.
A. No. A non-chipkey can be cut to open the door or trunk, but if the vehicle has a chipkey protected security system only a chipkey that is programmed with the matching code will operate the vehicle.
A. The QuickStart program can make chipkeys for 75 million vehicles on the road today. You will not be able to make chipkeys for high end vehicle makes such as BMW, Porsche, Audi and other select vehicles. Hy-Ko does offer another program, C3 Premier, which can allow you to program more chipkeys with P-Tool duplication technology. But the QuickStart program is more than sufficient for most stores.
A. No, the I-Tool only needs one working chipkey to be able to make a duplicate.