When you buy a new car, your auto dealer hands you the shiny new keys and sends you out to the open road. But how often do we forget to make a copy of that key? Here’s how that little bit of forethought can save you a huge headache down the road.
1. Locking your keys in the car.
Unless you have a smart key that makes it impossible to lock your keys in the car, it happens to the best of us—your doors lock automatically, or you manually push down the locking mechanism and before you have the chance to think about it, you close the door, turn around, and see your keys through the car window. If you don’t have a spare, you will have to call us to gain access. If you have a spare, you can have someone bring it to you or catch a ride home to retrieve it. Either way, time and money will be saved.
2. Losing the keys to your car.
We all know that when looking for your keys, they're always in the last place you look! However, sometimes you just can't find...
Maybe your house key broke off in the lock, or you accidentally tossed your car keys out with the trash—however you got there, you suddenly need a new key, and don’t have the original to make a copy. No problem. With the help of a skilled locksmith, there are a couple ways we can have your doors open in no time.
Creating a key from your lock's code.
The first method is called “coding” your lock. Most locks for your home are produced with a “code,” which your locksmith can get either from the lock’s original paperwork or through the manufacturer. The code can only be translated by a professional locksmith—for security purposes, you can’t just look it up—and it tells your locksmith the exact length and depth of your key’s notches, so he can make a fresh new key.
This can also be done with car keys! Just find the VIN number on the inside of your vehicle’s door. Your locksmith can then contact the dealer...
What's the difference between laser cut keys and traditional keys for your vehicle?
Whether your car has a traditional key or a laser cut key could be the difference in the way you approach key replacement. There are major differences when it comes to traditional and laser cut keys that make it easy to tell which your vehicle has and what you would need to do should a situation arise where a duplicate or new key is needed. Let's dive in!
Laser Cut Keys
Commonly referred to as internal keys or a side-winder key, laser cut keys are known for their unique appearance. Laser cut keys are made with a constant depth down the middle, making them thicker and more sturdy in general. The indention made on the key is equally made on both sides so that the key can be inserted and the engine started no matter which direction the key is put in (this is where the internal key name comes from).
Laser cut keys started appearing mostly in high-end vehicles around the 1990's and...
Locksmith Fraud and Scams
With any hired service, consumers need to be aware of scams, fraud, and otherwise unprofessional behavior. Locksmith fraud and scam has become out of control, but there are ways to avoid a disaster by knowing what you are looking for.
At Cheap Lock & Key, we want to help consumers become more aware by sharing some basic guidelines to avoid frauds and scams when hiring a locksmith.
Research and ask questions before hiring!
Locksmith scams typically target homeowners and auto owners who are in emergency situations and need immediate assistance. Before rushing to the first locksmith you see online, stop, think, and determine their legitimacy.
Find a local locksmith.
How do you know your locksmith is truly local? Call and ask them detailed questions. When the locksmith answers the phone they should answer with a specific name. Be wary of general answers and information. Check the reviews. A legitimate locksmith that is local and well known will have...
BMW Key Replacement is Expensive, Save Money Using a Locksmith for your Replacement Key!
BMWs are a unique and complicated system making it much more difficult and expensive to get replacements when you lose or break your keys. As with most companies these days, BMW uses the infamous keyfob which is programmed to work with the car through specific coding and programming. The difference with BMWs lay in their complex two-fold security system.
What makes the BMW replacement key so pricey?
Since 1995, BMWs have had immobilizer units installed in all makes and models. The immobilizer unit is an added security feature that prevents the car from being switched on unless it recognizes the transponder chip that lives in the key fob. This transponder chip is what prevents the car from being broken into and stolen.
If the immobilizer system does not recognize the transponder chip, the fuel to the engine is cut off to prevent the car from moving at all. It is because of this system...