How Do You Copy a Broken Key?

How Do You Copy a Broken Key?
May 28, 2019 Rechenberg

Keys can break at any time. But just because a key breaks doesn’t mean you have to throw out the whole lock along with the broken piece of the key.

A professional locksmith can actually still copy the broken key for you and help save money in the process.

Imagine what it would cost to replace the entire lock just because you have a broken key!

Naturally, you will have a number of questions if you have a broken key such as:

  • Can you copy a broken key?
  • Should you get the broken key out of the lock before copying it?
  • Does the type of key matter when copying a broken key?
  • Do you need both parts of the broken key to copy it?
  • How much does it cost to copy a broken key?

Can You Copy a Broken Key?

While broken keys can be copied, you need to take into consideration how badly damaged the key actually is, as the key is an exact duplicate of what is available to be copied.

A professional locksmith would measure the cuts on the key and cut the key to code. This gives you a new key cut to the exact specifications of the lock manufacturer.

A good quality locksmith will be able to do this fairly easily. However, cheap and imported locks can pose a challenge.

With these types of locks, the original specifications of the space and depth of the cuts on the key may not be available from the manufacturer.

In this situation, the locksmith will need to make an informed decision on whether they think the key is in good enough condition to be duplicated.

Should You Get the Broken Key Out of the Lock to Copy It?

For any attempt of making a duplicate or cutting the key to code, the locksmith will require all parts of the key to produce a new key.

If you are unable to get the broken key out yourself, you may require the services of a professional locksmith.  

Does the Type of Key Matter?

Yes, the type of key plays a big part when copying a broken key. Some keys have restrictions when it comes to copying them.

For example, house keys that have patented or registered keyways are restricted to certified and experienced locksmiths when copying them.

Do You Need Both Parts of the Broken Key to Copy It?

Typically, both parts of the key are required to copy it. However, car keys can be an exception.

This is because certain car locks may have a key code stamped on it. From this code, the locksmith can use specialised software to obtain the specific key cuts.

With these key cuts, the locksmith can cut a key back to the original factory specifications.

It is also possible for a locksmith to decode the lock cylinder of a house or car lock to obtain the information necessary to cut a key to code.

How Much Does it Cost to Copy a Broken Key?

The cost of copying a broken key can vary depending on the complexity of the job.

If you have a car key or a house key with a patented keyway, you may have to pay more for copying it.

Keys are breakable at any time so you shouldn’t throw out an expensive lock just because the key breaks.

A professional locksmith like Rechenberg can copy the broken key for you and get things back to working order in no time.

About Us…

At Rechenberg, we understand that keeping your family safe is the most important thing in the world and that keeping your assets protected can save a whole lot of unnecessary hassle and inconvenience.

Since 1971 we have been providing affordable and reliable Locksmithing and Security Services for residents all over Bundaberg.

For more information about our services please call (07) 4150 1234 or send us a message on our website.


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