Our Story

From the the world’s first online retailer of automotive keys and remotes to the world's largest, most trusted key replacement company.

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Our History

Car Keys Express is a division of iKeyless, an independently-owned company and worldwide leader in automotive technology based in Louisville, KY. iKeyless specializes in designing, manufacturing, selling and distributing automotive keys, keyless remotes, and related technologies.

In 2002, Mark Lanwehr, the founder of the company, started the company from scratch on his dining room table from his one-bedroom apartment in Louisville, KY. iKeyless would grow to offer consumers and businesses a more affordable and convenient alternative to replacing automotive keys and remotes. Today, iKeyless operates three divisions—iKeyless.com, Car Keys Express, and Solid Keys USA.

In 2006, iKeyless.com became the world’s first online retailer of automotive keys and keyless entry remotes. Today, iKeyless is the world's largest company specializing in replacement keys and keyless entry remotes.

In 2008, iKeyless purchased a second-hand van and experimented servicing business fleets and car dealerships. Today, the division now known as Car Keys Express, covers over 1,700 cities in 48 states and five Canadian provinces. In 2018, the company will begin offering service in London, England.

2009 marked the beginning of iKeyless’ research and development division. By 2011, iKeyless began manufacturing its own replacement automotive keys. Expansion led to the purchase of the company’s first office building. Today, the company’s campus includes seven buildings on 2.5 acres in Louisville’s downtown.

In 2014, iKeyless celebrated the release of its highest product development achievement to date—the world’s first Universal Car Remote. The Universal Car Remote has been received enthusiastically and is sold by retailers across North America.

In 2015, iKeyless launched a design and development division, Solid Keys USA. Their inaugural product line, the world’s first Universal Car Keys, debuted at the Aftermarket Automotive Product Expo (AAPEX), the automotive parts industry’s premier tradeshow, and won the coveted Best New Product Award.

In 2016, Inc. Magazine honored Car Keys Express with its Inc. 5000 award, recognizing America’s fastest growing private companies.


In 2017, Founder and Owner Mark Lanwehr was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®, recognizing entrepreneurs who excel in innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

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