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Car Key Cutting & Programming

Mobile Key Cutting for Leeds, York, Harrogate & West Yorkshire

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Car Key Cutting and Programming

Car key cutting used to be something that any high street key cutter could perform quite cheaply.

But to help prevent theft, since 1995 it has been a legal requirement that all vehicles have an immobiliser system fitted. A system that works with a transponder chip built into the car key. The engine only starts if the ignition receives the correct code from the transponder chip when the key is turned.

And today most car keys are 3 in 1. The traditional key blade for the steering lock, the integrated transponder the car has to recognise to turn the ignition and a remote control to unlock the car doors, or turn off an alarm.

All that functionality comes at a price however and depending on where you go for a new or replacement key, and the circumstances, the cost can be high and vary wildly.

You certainly do not have to go to a main dealer for new car key cutting and programming, that will definitely be the most expensive option. Which may account for the £180 million that British drivers spent last year in simply replacing lost keys, according to the RAC.

Calibre Auto Locksmith can cut and program manufacturers keys at a fraction of what it would cost at your vehicle’s dealership. They often have to order the key in as well which may take days to arrive, whereas of course we carry spares from all manufacturers and have the means to provide your key straight away.

In fact, if yours is a JLR Group vehicle…a Jaguar, Land Rover or Range Rover, we are one of the very few mobile key cutters in the UK who have the equipment to cut and program a new key or fob and synchronise it to your car.

And consider this, as mobile key cutters, we come to you. The main dealers don’t have a mobile service. What then if you lost your only key? You’d also have to factor in the cost of delivering your car to their workshop too.

Whatever your make of vehicle, if you want the same high level of service, and the same product you’d receive at a dealership but at a much better price choose Calibre Auto Locksmith. Plus with us, you wouldn’t have to pay VAT on top either!

For key cutting and programming, we always deliver. Literally.


Lost Car Key in the street

Lost/Stolen Keys

If you have lost your key or had one stolen, you could lose your car as well. We can make a new key and at the same time reprogram your vehicle to forget the old key and only work with the new one. Protect your car and peace of mind.

Spare car keys hanging on a board

Spare Car Keys

Don’t get caught out with only one key. What about the inconvenience if you misplace it and if it was lost, making a new key from nothing is always more expensive. Call now for a spare key and save yourself hassle and extra expense.

Broken car key needing repair

Car Key Repair

We can repair your broken car key whether the key blade has snapped or the remote fob has cracked. We also extract snapped keys from the ignition, door or boot locks. And we will come to you wherever you are in West Yorkshire.



If thieves have your car key, they will be walking the local area trying to locate your vehicle. If you still have a key, drive your car to a safe place or secure it with a steering wheel clamp. If not, immobilise it by removing spark plugs or fuses. You can also ask your next door neighbours to block the car in or use a wheel clamp.


The cost of keys and reprogramming the vehicle might be covered by your car insurer. Some may insist on new locks being fitted as well. But T&C’s could impact your No Claims Bonus and an excess may be applied. Breakdown recovery firms like the AA can also include Key Cover so check your policy with them too.


The task now is to prevent the stolen key working with your car. Even if you don’t have another key, Calibre can still get into your car and reprogram it so that the stolen key won’t be recognised anymore and will not be able to turn the engine. We can then cut a new key, with a revised code, and place that into the immobiliser’s memory to make it the only functioning key.


Report the theft to the Police straight away. They will give you a crime reference number you will need for the insurance claim as well..


Don’t go with a main dealer, they are always the most expensive choice. And if you have no key to drive your car to the dealer, you’ll need a recovery truck to deliver it there. We provide exactly the same service and we come to you!

Helping You With

  • Lost Car Keys
  • Stolen Car Keys
  • Broken Car Keys
  • Spare Car Keys
  • Transponder Reprogramming

The Added Benefits

  • We Come to You!
  • No VAT to Pay!
  • No Weekend Surcharge!
  • All Major Credit Cards Accepted!
  • Apple Pay Accepted!
“Really good customer service, keys needed reprogramming and a spare key ordered. This was done within the hour of the initial call. came back next day to sort the reprogramming of the spare key. Very friendly gentleman, highly recommended!”

5 Star Rating

Nick Carolan


“Need a new key and he came within the hour. Fixed it in an hour and was nearly half the price of others I had tried! Can’t say enough about this guy!!!”

5 Star Rating

Bri Buckle



We cut replacement keys and spare keys at a fraction of the cost you pay at the main dealers, and being mobile locksmiths, we come to you!

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Credit Cards Accepted

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