Automotive Chip Keys

Locations: Owenhouse Downtown, Owenhouse West
Keys Bozeman Montana


Get Your Car Key Copy at Owenhouse Ace


At Owenhouse Ace we are your one-stop-shop for all kinds of keys, and that includes automotive car key cutting, chip keys, and key fob replacement for most popular automotive makes and models!



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Vehicle Chip Keys at Owenhouse Ace Hardware in Bozeman


For general automotive key cutting, the process is similar to cutting a house key. These are the keys that unlock your car door by inserting it into the door like you do when entering your home. These car key replacements can be made by one of our trained employees using our key cutting machine. 

Automotive chip key copying is slightly more involved. Car manufacturers use chip keys to make cars harder to steal. Each chip key has a unique digital code that communicates with and pairs with a specific vehicle. Replacing chip keys is more difficult and expensive than replacing other types of car keys but we are proud to have the technology and trained staff to assist you at Owenhouse Ace! Just know that an additional chip key can only be cut if you have one of the original chip keys.

If you have a key fob and want it duplicated, we may be able to help you with that. Key fobs can be tricky. If the key fob was part of the factory-installed system of your car, we can duplicate it. If it is an aftermarket “add on”, then we cannot duplicate it because it was not part of the original internal computer system of the car. If you are unsure if your key fob is part of your car’s factory-installed system or an aftermarket add on, we can help you figure it out! 

Another type of key we can duplicate is a valet key. Many people do not realize they have a valet key or forget to use it. Your car’s valet key generally unlocks the driver’s side door and can be used to start the car. It cannot unlock your trunk or glove box. This key is perfect when you are letting someone else drive your vehicle but want to keep personal items secured, such as when you pull up at a restaurant and give the valet parking attendant your keys. Do not hand over your entire key ring, just hand over the valet key!  If all you have is a valet key, we will not be able to duplicate it to create a chip key. If you have any questions about what types of keys we can duplicate, stop in our Key Center and we will be happy to assist you!

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