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Additional Information for ChipKey® Car Key Programs

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What is a Mega I-Tool®?

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The Latest Key-Cloning Technology For Your Key Center

Cloning is an excellent method of key duplication – it’s simple, it’s fast and it’s accurate and best of all, reduces the need for going to the customer's vehicle in the parking lot.  There are over 280 million registered vehicles on the road today and Hy-Ko’s cloning-based ChipKey® Car Key program is able to duplicate keys for up to 85% of those vehicles.  

The average vehicle age of those 280 million is 11.8 years!  Customers looking for spare keys are commonly looking for extra keys for these older vehicles but we carry keys for newer models also.

For a complete list of coverage, please refer to our Key Product Guide starting on page 26 OR go to our Auto Key Finder page and enter in make/model/year data.

Most keys are programmed IN-STORE in 15 seconds or less!

 The program covers most makes and models, including many 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and even some 2020 models. Cloning technology continues to evolve every year and so does Hy-Ko's ability to add vehicle coverage with continuous free upgrades.

Our most recent Mega I-Tool® update adds the following 19 million vehicle Makes/Models/Years:mega itool applications

 

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Complete Vehicle Remote program from Hy-Ko

We have two great FOB and FOB Shell programs to cover a wide variety of customer needs.

• Remote entry FOBs are easy to program at the vehicle - no tools required
• Natural add-on sale to almost any mechanical auto key
• Profitable
• FOB Shells are offered in standard and integrated head (with blade) and are for replacing the housing and buttons that may be broken or worn.  Existing FOB circuit board and battery are removed from old remote and placed into new housing.


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In-Store Training

Hy-Ko's expert field managers use our ChipKey vehicle key certification program to train your staff on selling and programming ChipKey car keys.

Tech Support

Call the technical support hotline and get the information required to take care of your customers' ChipKey car key needs!

  • Talk live with ChipKey car key experts and get immediate attention
  • Available during your store hours of operation

ChipKey® Resource Center at Hykokeys.com

When you become an authorized dealer of ChipKey® Car Keys, log in to www.c3.hykokeys.com to access exclusive marketing resources!

  • Training materials
  • Pre-designed ChipKey car key ads
  • Marketing and promotional ideas
  • ChipKey car key news and more

Auto Key Finder

Easily and quickly find the correct vehicle remote and programming instructions using this free tool! 

  • Up to date with the most current vehicles
  • Accessible from anywhere, anytime
  • Check it out now! 

Retailer Testimonials

Read what Retailers say about Hy-Ko's ChipKey® Car Key Program

"I don't often "highly recommend" a line, but this is one I would suggest that you consider."

Gene Pedrotti
Pedrotti Ace Hardware, California

"I'm of the strong opinion that the Hy-Ko program is a "SLAM DUNK"!"

Mel Goldman
MKG Ace Hardware, Indiana

"We used [the competitor's machine], and then decided to go with Hy-Ko's program and our transponder key sales have tripled. Our people find it to be much more user friendly."

Aaron Hagen
M&D Supply, Texas

"We looked at the competition first and then Hy-Ko. Cost was an issue but the ChipKey car key total package convinced us to move forward. If you are going to sell ChipKey [vehicle keys], do it correctly. C3 has been a great addition to the Key Service area and I highly recommend this profitable program. We achieved our ROI in 8 months."

Mike Olson
Fullerton Ace Hardware, California

"We've had Hy-Ko for several years and we're very happy with the product, and the help and support their staff provides. If you're considering offering ChipKey [vehicle keys], we recommend you partner with the best, Hy-Ko."

Jamie Sloma
Ziegler Ace South Elgin, Illinois

"We've been very pleased with Hyko's C3 ChipKey [Vehicle Key] Program since purchasing it at the Spring Show 2008. In the past year, we've sold over 400 keys (2 stores) @ $69.99, producing over $28,000 retail sales. The initial training, on-going tech support, and field support have been superb. If your having doubts, I'd strongly recommend having your staff document every lost sale on chip keys so you can track how much money you're leaving behind..."

Brian Fisk
Hill's Ace Hardware & Lumber Center, Georgia

"We have been with the C3 Program for more than two years being the first store in Colorado to offer this type of service. The program has been a success for us from day one. The internet upgrades and software advancements have made programming and selling ChipKey [vehicle keys] easy. Hy-Ko and C3 continue to set the standard."

Clark Evans
Orchards Ace Hardware, Colorado

"We installed C3 in all 5 of our locations. The C3 ChipKey [vehicle key] program has exceeded all of our expectations. The stores appreciate the Tech Support and how easy it is to identify and program ChipKey [vehicle keys]. C3 has the best miscut ChipKey replacement program. We will be adding C3 into our new store location later this summer. C3 is an excellent program from top to bottom."

Scott Steele
Buehler's Ace Hardware, Ohio

"We have had no customer complaints and no returned keys. We have cut well over 100 ChipKey [vehicle keys] in the last year and are doing very well with the C3 program from Hy-Ko."

Todd Steward
Steward's Ace Hardware, Connecticut

"Honestly the ChipKey [vehicle key] center is so easy and straight forward... the guides and reference sheets built into the [I-Tool] software takes care of 99.9% of all my needs. I did have to look something up on [www.hykokeys.com], and it was very quick and easy. ...it really is a great set up, and we are quite busy with it."

Jess Alsum
Lynden Ace Hardware, Washington

"On a scale of 1-10 this program is a 9-1/2 to a 10 in our store."

Mel Goldman
MKG Ace Hardware, Indiana

"Thank you David [Hy-Ko Field Manager] - the response to the ChipKey [vehicle key] service has been very good... "

Linda Henry
Walla Walla Ace Hardware, Washington

"Hy-Ko has gone above and beyond in both the training and customer service relating to the C3 system. Within a day of receiving the system, our employees were trained and all signage displayed. Only through such hard work and dedication was our store able to jump into the 21st century of key cutting, with such a minimum amount of consternation."

Chris Rich
Los Gatos Ace Hardware, California

"We were skeptical at first about adding ChipKey [vehicle keys] so we did one store with C3. We discovered that the C3 Program was a great unique addition and right up our alley. I wish we had more of this type of service program, both profitable and not price sensitive."

Doug Gniadek
Dukes Ace Hardware, Illinois

"We pride ourselves in offering our customers a full service Key Department. Hy-Ko C3 was the right choice with the complete package of Technical Support, Training, superb POP materials and an easy to use programming system. Our ChipKey [vehicle key] sales continue to grow along with the gross profit dollars the C3 system produces."

Ali Haize
Ace Hardware City, Texas

"I looked at all of the other systems out there and Hy-Ko offered the best POP to educate my customer. The easy to identify, blister packaged ChipKey [vehicle keys] with UPC numbers was extremely important in managing my inventory and in key selection process for programming. I have created a destination and Lowes, Depot and Wal-Mart refer their ChipKey customers to our store. "

Ed O'Keefe
Randleman Road Ace, North Carolina

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a ChipKey® Car Key?

A. ChipKey car keys 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 car key help to curb auto theft and reduce insurance premiums.

Q. How do ChipKey® Car Keys work?

A. The computer chip in the key holds a code like a password. The computer in the vehicle reads the password in the key, 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.

Q. Why does the ChipKey® Car Key cost more than a plastic-head auto key?

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 car key must be programmed to work with a particular vehicle. Programming these keys requires specialized diagnostic equipment operated by a trained technician.

Q. Will a non-ChipKey® Car Key operate a vehicle?

A. No. A non-ChipKey can be cut to open the door or trunk, but if the vehicle has a protected security system only a key that is programmed with the matching code will operate the vehicle.

Q. Do I need 2 original keys to make a duplicate ChipKey Car Key?

A. No, the Hy-Ko ChipKey cloning program only needs one working original key to be able to make a duplicate.