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What Can Cause Ignition Failure & Your Key to Not Turn

What Can Cause Ignition Failure & Your Key to Not Turn

When your vehicle's ignition and key fail to work properly, it can leave you in panic mode! Nobody looks forward to a situation that can cause them to become stranded. However, before you panic, there are several reasons why this could occur. Start with the easiest scenarios and work your way up to find a solution to your ignition problem. More often than not, it is an easy fix! Did you unintentionally try and start someone else's car? Ok, this may sound dumb, but it happens! People do actually try to start the wrong car. The average car key has a few hundred thousand possible combinations. While it is unlikely, you actually can unintentionally unlock someone else's car door. However, once you access the car, chances are you will not be able to turn it on, due to another security measure built into the vehicle's ignition. This problem could occur in a busy parking lot where there may be similar cars to your own. Make sure you are trying to start the right ...
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6 Travel Tips From an Automotive Locksmith for When You Are on a Road Trip

6 Travel Tips From an Automotive Locksmith for When You Are on a Road Trip

Traveling is one of the most exciting, yet stressful, things people decide to do. Feel comfortable and confident on your next road trip by taking into account some of these tips from Cheap Lock & Key. These tips will help you feel prepared to hit the road morning, day, or night! 1. Travel Essentials for Roadside Emergencies Is your care equipped with all the necessary travel essentials? Whether you are traveling alone, with a significant other, or your entire family, being prepared with the essentials will relieve you of any roadside emergency issues. Some of the most essential items everyone should travel with on a road trip include: First Aid Kit Flares/Flashlights Blankets Extra Water Motion Sickness Tablets Nutrition Bars Spare Tire Small Set of Tools Bringing local maps of where you are traveling, an extra can of gas, spare set of keys, and back up phone batteries are helpful as well. 2. Schedule a Tune-Up When was the last time you had an...
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What Is a VIN Number & Why Do Locksmiths Need It

What Is a VIN Number & Why Do Locksmiths Need It

Your vehicle's VIN# is a form of identification that allows both you and automotive mechanics to know exactly where it has been and what has been repaired. Your VIN#, or vehicle identification number, is comprised of seventeen characters that are assigned to the car when it is manufactured. These numbers never change during the lifetime of the vehicle. The VIN# is unique and tracks everything that occurs to the car during usability. The standardized VIN# system was first established in 1981 and has been in use ever since. The character combinations are representative of multiple automotive identifiers. For example, the first three characters are the WMI or the world manufacturer identifier code. Why is my VIN# Important? Critical vehicle information can be determined or relayed simply by using your VIN#. You can check the history report on a used vehicle. You can identify a stolen car. Repair parts require the VIN# to match the correct replacements. In...
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What is a Smart Key (Also Known as a Keyless Ignition System)?

What is a Smart Key (Also Known as a Keyless Ignition System)?

A Keyless Ignition System, or a SmartKey, is an electronic method of granting access to both entry and engine control of a vehicle. In 1995, Siemens started implementing the SmartKey. It was a device available to Mercedes-Benz models only. Over the years, this has evolved and smart keys are now present in vehicles of all makes, models and varying price points. How does the system work? The keyless ignition is a passive RFID system, which means that the vehicle sends a code to the ignition chip from its computer. The ignition chip receives the message and, if it recognizes the code, will give the operator full access to the vehicle. Simply put, as long as your SmartKey fob is inside your vehicle with you when you press the start button or flip the start switch, the engine should start and the car should become drivable. Not all systems are the same. While Keyless Ignition Systems generally work the same way, they may be set up differently, depending on the make or...
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Locksmith vs. Dealership for Mercedes-Benz Car Key Replacement

Locksmith vs. Dealership for Mercedes-Benz Car Key Replacement

Mercedes codes are generated directly from Germany, using your vehicle's VIN number. The key is coded specifically to your vehicle only! This is a great safety feature, because once you replace your key with a new one, the old one becomes obsolete and no longer works with your car, or any other one. Both locksmiths and dealerships are able to help replace or duplicate your Mercedes-Benz car key, but what is the cost? There are pros and cons to working on both sides of the spectrum. Locksmiths A mobile locksmith is the best when it comes to both price and convenience. They are able to bring all their tools on the road and come to any location to create a replacement key, or duplicate a current key. Mercedes-Benz is a luxury vehicle and not all mobile locksmiths are able to access the data necessary to create key fobs. This is why it is a good idea to call and find out if they have your Mercedes Benz model on their list. Or, just call Cheap Lock & Key, as we support all models...
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