Push Start vs. Traditional Car Keys: Which Is Better?
“If ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That’s the attitude many of us have in life, which is fair. After all, most of us are trying to save time and money where we can and want to maximize our investments in the equipment, tools and devices we use daily.
The truth is, making a change with the items you use most often can make your life easier in the short run and even help you save money in the long run. Your car key is one such change. Should you stick with a traditional key or upgrade to a push-start version? Let’s discuss.
Traditional Car Key Advantages
These are the tried-and-true keys we’re all accustomed to using. The design has always been pretty simple, focused around a metal part that you manually place in the ignition barrel to release the locking mechanism and open the door or gate you’re trying to access. Here are some of the benefits that come with traditional car keys:
- More people are comfortable with using them and they’re easy to use in general.
- They tend to cost less than other car key options.
- They are durable and last longer than other keys, especially electronic ones.
Push-Start Car Key Advantages
Push-start car keys are known by a variety of terms, such as remotes and fobs. But they basically involve sending a signal to your vehicle to start it remotely. You don’t even have to be in the vehicle and these keys also usually won’t let the car lock while they’re inside. Here are some of the other benefits that come with push-start car keys:
- They’re much more convenient, as they can stay in your bag or pocket.
- You can warm up or cool down your car remotely before you even enter it.
- It’s more difficult to duplicate push-start car keys.
Dealership or Locksmith for Car Keys?
Whether you go the traditional or push-start route, you have to decide where you’ll get your keys the next time you upgrade, duplicate or swap them out. While a dealership will know the design of your vehicle and be able to provide factory-standard key and fob options, prepare to pay more. With a professional car locksmith, on the other hand, prices are usually a bit more affordable and you partner with someone who has your vehicle security and safety in mind.
If you’re ready to upgrade to a push-start car key or are interested in going over your options, stop by any of our DFW-area A-1 Locksmith locations today.Back to Blog