Renault have used immobilizer and transponder technology since 1995, they have used a number of systems over the years. It is a common myth that some dealers tell you that only they can replace the keys and remotes on your vehicle, in most cases we can supply the same parts and complete the job far quicker and often far cheaper than the dealerships.
Renault use a variety of different remote keys that look identical to each other, but only the correct remote will work on your vehicle, we determine the correct part to the vin number of your vehicle.
Renault moved away from the traditional key and remote key and replaced these systems with a key card system, key cards although a nice idea, these are quite delicate and not as robust as traditional keys. Cards can break when put in tight back pockets or even when dropped, there are people who offer to repair these, but we advise against these, as this only normally offers a short term solution and often doesn’t work, leaving the card worse off, we can only advise new cards.
The most common problem is the dash stating card not detected and the vehicle refuses to start, this can be the vehicles card reader at fault, but most commonly its down to the transponder arial on the cards circuit board breaking, when this happens a new card is required.
Renault key cards also suffer from the remote functions buttons breaking, in this case the only 100% solution is to have a new key card programmed to the vehicle.
Our fully stocked service vans carry a large stock of Renault keys, remote keys, so we can normally resolve your key problem same day in just 1 quick visit.
Renault Keys and remote keys we offer include;
• Original OEM remote keys
• Original OEM 2, 3 and 4 button key cards ( SOME )
• Original OEM 3 and 4 button Hands free key cards ( SOME)
• Aftermarket 3 button Megane and scenic key cards
• Aftermarket remote keys
• Standard non remote chipped keys
Please Note : Renault have decided to stop selling blank megane and scenic key cards to everyone , they will now only supply these locked to a specific cars vin number , this means that it is no longer possible for anybody to offer you a same day service on a replacement OEM key card anymore , as these must now be ordered from the dealer locked to your vehicles vin number , which takes 5 to 10 days for delivery.
We find this extremely poor customer service from renault and a kick in the teeth not just for their trade customers but also their loyal car buying customers , it is well known that these cards have a limited life and are prone to failure in large numbers now the cars are getting older , where faced with a stranded car that wont start due to a failed card , locksmiths were able to program a new original card with full guarantee to your car and get you up and running same day with minimal disruption . The new rules from renault mean that if your card fails you are now left with the disruption of your vehicle off the road for up to 10 days while you wait for a card locked to your car , unless renault have a change of heart and put their customers first which is unlikely , then this cannot be avoided .
The only megane and scenic cards that can now be supplied same day by anyone is copy cards , these are as you would expect far cheaper , but they are also not the same quality , wont last as long and come with a far shorter guarantee , some copy cards are ok but some are very poor , but as a failed card is often an emergency as has left you stranded , then a copy card is now the only way to get back up and running same day .
this only affects megane and scenic 3 button cards at present , but we are told the rest of the cards will follow suit , good news for renault but bad news for their customers sadly.
we can now offer 3 options with megane and scenic 3 button cards
1) we will need a copy of your v5 , driving licence and a utility bill to order your new card from the dealer which will take 5 to 10 days
2) we can supply and program a copy card with limited guarantee
3) we can supply and program a copy card as a temporary card to get you on road again and order you an original card to be programmed once delivered .
We still hope renault will see sense and change this new policy and put their customers needs first , and we will of course update our page should this be the case , we are sorry for the disruption and additional expense and issues this can cause , but this is renaults policy and entirely out of our hands . we will update if the situation changes or a better aftermarket solution becomes available.
We offer a number of advantages to you over the main dealerships, these include:
• We can do the job same day, so far quicker than the dealer
• We don’t need to send for pin codes, we extract these from the vehicle.
• We don’t expect you to recover the car to us, we come to the car
• We carry cards and keys in stock and can complete job same day, dealer often needs 5 days to order parts and codes.
• We normally work out cheaper than the dealership.
Main dealers do not normally hold stocks of keys and cards, they need to send off for these, dealers equipment wont extract the necessary pin codes from the vehicle, so they must also send off for these, all this means that the dealer requires you to wait 5 to 7 days before they can complete the job.
We carry a healthy stock of Renault keys and cards and our equipment will extract the necessary codes from the vehicle, this allows us to offer you a quick same day service.
Dealers are not normally mobile, so will not come out to you, instead you will need to pay recovery charges to have your vehicle recovered to them, this can be costly.
We are fully mobile so save you the recovery costs, as we come to your vehicles location.
So in short we can offer a quicker, less hassle and normally cheaper service to you than the dealerships can.
We can deal with most Renault key and card issues that crop up, whether its all keys/cards lost or stolen, broken keys and cards, spare keys and cards or simply keys locked in vehicle, we can normally offer a fast same day solution for you.
We normally offer a fast same day service for most Renault keys and cards, and offer a number of services to suit most pockets. Even if all keys are lost or stolen, we can normally resolve your problem in 1 fast same day visit. we also program any lost or stolen cards out of your cars memory so these will no longer work.
We offer the same high standard of service when you require a spare Renault key or card, we also enhance your vehicles security by programming out any cards or keys not in your possession.
Keys do break, and when they do its seldom convenient and normally they break in the lock, we can come to the car and extract the broken key from the lock, then cut a new key to your vehicle in 1 quick visit.
We are proud of the expert lock picking skills of our auto locksmiths, they always pick locks open, using delicate lock picks and normally in just a minute or 2 and totally free from any damage.
We use delicate lock picks, we wont use methods like air bags and rods that can damage your vehicle.
Renault Clio, Renault clio 2, Renault clio 3, Renault espace, Renault kangoo, Renault master 11, Renault Laguna, Renault Megane, Renault scenic, Renault modus, Renault traffic 2, Renault vel satis.
Q ) my renault megane wont start , the dashboard just says “steering locked” do i need a new card ?
A) No this is not a fault caused by your key card , this is normally a steering lock fault requiring a new steering lock unit or a body control module fault requiring a new BCM unit .
You require a garage to correctly id which fault it is and fit the required new part , this fault is never down to your key card , despite often being wrongly diagnosed as such by recovery men .
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