The History of 3D Autokeys

Nottingham’s Leading Auto Locksmiths


1980 – 3D Group began with 2 Shoe Repair shops on Woodborough Road, Mapperley owned by husband and wife team Mr & Mrs Sanderson. The shops offered shoe repair services.


1987 – 3D Group opened new premises on Westdale Lane, Mapperley and began offering household key cutting alongside shoe repairs.


1996 – The eldest son Dan Sanderson finished school and began to work for the family business. He noticed a demand for replacement car key cutting and began to look into the technology of this.


1998 – 3D Group began to invest heavily in the machinery required to cut and program vehicle keys. The Westdale Lane premises then began offering replacement vehicle keys as one of its services alongside shoe repairs and household key cutting.


2001 – Demand for vehicle key services began to increase and the Sanderson family realised that a mobile auto locksmith service would serve customers better. A Smart car was purchased and kitted out with the equipment needed to do auto locksmith tasks and Dan went out and about across Nottinghamshire as a mobile auto locksmith. 3D Autokeys was born.


2002 – The increase in demand for vehicle locksmith services across Nottinghamshire meant that 3D Autokeys could take on and train an apprentice. Martyn was added to the team and still works for the company as an auto locksmith today.


20043D Autokeys expanded the auto locksmith services it offered to include car key programming and cutting for a wider range of makes and models of vehicles and for this required more machinery. The first van was purchased and customised to house all of the professional standard auto locksmith equipment needed to offer replacement car keys, car key programming, vehicle key repairs, lockouts and immobiliser fault repairs on the road.


2009 – 3D Group began to supply wholesale to trade customers.


2010 – As demand for vehicle locksmith services increased, so 3D Autokeys expanded. 3 more vans and locksmiths were added to the team, allowing 3D Autokeys to expand their service area. They now cover a 40 mile radius from their head office in Nottingham.


20123D Autokeys Head office moved from a small office above the Westdale Lane premises to a purpose built premises on Clarence Street.


Present Day3D Autokeys is still going strong. We now cover many areas including Nottingham, Doncaster, Lincoln, Leicester, Mansfield, Sheffield, Chesterfield, Matlock, Rotherham, Grantham, Melton, Ashby, Loughborough, Worksop, and Retford.


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About 3D Autokeys

The best Car Locksmiths in Nottingham 

Based in Nottingham but operating a fully mobile auto locksmith service within a 40 mile radius, 3D Autokeys can offer a wide range of auto locksmith services at a considerable saving to the price quoted at dealerships. If you are looking for replacement car keys, car key programming, remote car keys or car key repairs then look no further. Contact 3D Autokeys now for a quote.

Auto Locksmith Mobile Workshop Coverage 

Our locksmith vans are customised and equipped with professional, industry standard equipment. We cover a 40 mile radius from our head office in Nottingham. So if you find yourself in need of an auto locksmith in the following areas, give us a call.

Derby, Doncaster, Lincoln, Leicester, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Sheffield, Matlock, Rotherham, Grantham, Melton, Ashby, Loughborough, Chesterfield, Worksop, Retford.

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Mobile workshop coverage


Our Auto Locksmith Services

Spare Car Keys Cut

You should always have a spare car key in case of emergencies. We can supply spare keys and spare remote fobs at a fraction of the cost of your dealership.

Replacement Car Keys

Replacement car keys cut and remote car key fobs programmed for all makes and models of vehicles whether they are lost, stolen or broken.

Car Key Programming

We have the ability to programme your new car keys to communicate with your vehicle’s immobiliser. We can also reset the locks and reprogram the immobiliser so that any old keys will no longer work on your vehicle; ideal if they are lost or stolen.

Car Key Repairs

Whether you’ve damaged your remote case or snapped the key itself, we have a large selection of keys and remote cases to save you money on a new programmed key.

Car Key Battery Replacement

We stock a large selection of remote key batteries at low cost. We can fit them for you and give you free advice if a problem persists.

Vehicle Lock Outs

Our auto locksmiths will gain access to your vehicle quickly and without damage. Our highly skilled car locksmiths can pick open virtually any car to get you in your vehicle and driving away as soon as possible.

Rectify Immobiliser Faults

An immobiliser is connected to many control systems to stop the car from being hotwired. For most cars we have genuine dealer level diagnostic equipment that can read any engine faults including immobilisers and ECUs.