Some cool tips you should know
Why should I use a locksmith when I can try and find someone who can help?
A licensed and experienced locksmith is efficient, fast and will ensure your possessions are safe and secure during the service. If you are using locksmith services for your car, home or business, you should ensure you have peace of mind that the locksmith you are using has the skills, experience and qualifications to carry out the job otherwise your work may be more costly in the long run.
What Will Your Locksmith Will Need to Know?
You will need to be able to identify the year, make and model of your car. You will also need to prove ownership of the vehicle, so have your registration or title handy. The vehicle identification number is more commonly known as the VIN number, and your locksmith will need to know this as well. The VIN number can be found either on driver’s side doorpost or stamped on a metal plate on the driver’s side dashboard. Your key identification number is also an important item to have, and this can usually be found in your car manual; however is not always required information. Let your locksmith know if you believe that your keys have been stolen. If this is the case, he or she will need to reprogram your car in such a way that the old keys will no longer work.
Can you cut keys for my car by VIN?
We are licensed locksmiths and can generate keys by VIN or picking in person with proper government ID and vehicle registration that match in person.
Can you replace a lost car key if there is no original key to copy?
You can still acquire a replacement key if you have lost the original. You may have the option of returning to the dealer to obtain a replacement, however, this can be very expensive, especially if you need your vehicle to be towed to your dealership’s location. A more affordable option is to enlist the services of an auto locksmith. In fact, many dealers utilize the services of outside locksmiths for replacement keys and many locksmiths can cut and program the exact same key for about 50% less cost than a dealership. An experienced locksmith will be able to make a replacement key for you even if you do not have the original. When you contact a locksmith, you will need to supply some information to the company before your key can be replaced.
What to Do if I Drop Car Keys in Water?
If your keys fall out into a body of water, it's vital that you act quickly and remove them. Waiting can make the problem much worse. The key fob will need to be dried out as soon as you possibly can. If the entire key has stopped working, then you'll have to get a replacement key.
What to Do if I have locked my keys in the car?
If you lock your keys in the car and need professional help, call emergency road assistance and ask if they will be able to open the door. If not, ask them to send a local locksmith. The good news is that each car key is coded by the auto manufacturer, and if you have the key code number and personal identification, a locksmith can make you a new key. Write down the key code number and leave it where someone at home can read it to you in an emergency.
Why knowing your key type is necessary?
Whilst traditional mechanical keys are easily cut and so can be replaced by most locksmiths, providing you have a spare key to copy, others are more complex. Consequently, they are more difficult to replace and vary in cost depending on the Make & Model of your car, the complexity of the car’s security features, and the type of key you had to start with. When shopping for your replacement key, make sure you are being quoted on the same type of key from multiple auto locksmiths.
What is a ECU | DME?
ECU is a small device in a vehicle’s body that is responsible for controlling a specific function. Each ECU typically contains a dedicated chip that runs its own software or firmware, and requires power and data connections to operate. DME verifies all incoming data by comparing it with the reaction of the rest of the system. If a defective sensor delivers unrealistic data, DME replaces this with preset standard values. If a spark plug fails, DME immediately cuts fuel flow to this cylinder in order to prevent engine damage.
What is smart car key?
Most modern smart keys operate with a small device called a fob, which is a remote-like device without the “teeth” of a traditional car key. Fobs allow you to do everything a normal key would, like locking and unlocking your car, opening your trunk, and setting off your car alarm. Some smart keys come with even more features than a regular key. For example, Nissan smart keys have a hands-free unlocking system you can set according to your preferences so you don’t even have to press a button on your fob!