LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Car Keys Express is expanding into retail with the release of an in-store version of their successful mobile key replacement system. Car Keys Express NOW! is a compact, automotive key replacement solution packaged into a customer-facing, retail-friendly cabinet. The system combines easy-to-use tools, the most popular modern keys, and the company's industry-unique universal products, allowing retailers to offer key replacement to 250 million North American drivers.
Car Keys Express NOW! takes the compact system that grew Car Keys Express into a nationwide success and translates it for retail use. The cabinet, complete with marketing graphics to generate consumer awareness, prompts shoppers to use a tablet-based application guide to access key prices and availability. Once a customer selects their car's year, make, and model, a store employee assists with cutting and programming the key.
Car Keys Express NOW! removes retailers' barriers to entry. The system minimizes retailers investment in tools, training, and inventory while maximizing vehicle coverage. Affordable and user-friendly, Car Keys Express NOW! is positioned to break the decades long virtual monopoly automotive dealerships have maintained on the replacement key and remote consumer market.
"Car Keys Express NOW! gives retailers the opportunity to make great margins, incremental sales, and increase store traffic by offering consumers an easy and affordable option to dealership key replacement," explained Kirk Stewart, Marketing Manager for Car Keys Express NOW!. "For the first time in 30 years, real automotive key replacement is coming back to retail."
The Car Keys Express NOW! system is available in multiple configurations based on the numbers of vehicles a retailer wants to cover. The simplest option, the Universal Car Remote, is a stand-alone consumer product that covers 67 million vehicles with no tools required. Retailers already invested in key cutting, can supplement their existing catalog to cover even more vehicles. "It's an easy sell," said Stewart. "Car Keys Express NOW! creates a new revenue stream for a minimal investment."
Car Keys Express NOW! is more than just keys and tools. The system includes a training program designed to have employees cutting keys in just a few hours. The system also leverages Car Keys Express's nationwide footprint, giving retailers access to the company's network of technicians.
"Our nationwide team of technicians is always just around the corner, ready to help with setup, training, and support," added Stewart. "All pieces of the key replacement puzzle have finally come together."
Anticipation around the system's debut is so strong, multiple major retailers have reached out to participate in the initial rollout. When asked how he felt about the overwhelming response to Car Keys Express NOW!, Mark Lanwehr, Owner and Founder of Car Keys Express said, "We're not surprised but pleased with the feedback we've received. Automotive key replacement has only been absent in retail channels because there was no comprehensive, affordable solution, until now."
Car Keys Express is currently evaluating opportunities in both the US and Canada. Retailers interested in being considered for the first release of Car Keys Express NOW! are encouraged to contact Kirk Stewart for more information.