When the old key teeth no longer fit the lock to open the car doors due to excessive wear and tear, you may need a new key. However, the lock may have been damaged already, or perhaps you still have the keys in the vehicle. Either way, your car key may soon need a replacement. The key, along with any associated keys, should be put in a safe place in case they are needed again. The following are some tips to help you replace the car key:
Do not attempt to make your own car key replacement fobs from scratch. Commercial cars come with programmed locks on their doors. It would be extremely difficult to change the programming and therefore modify the lock itself for a do-it-yourself fob. Even if you somehow made it through the door, chances are it will not open any further. A professional locksmith would be able to make new fobs for your specific needs.
Do not trust the locksmith’s recommendations. While it is true that many locksmiths do not charge a fee to replace car keys, most will try to sell you their services at a discount, or simply take a fee for their work. It is best to avoid any kind of locksmiths offers, since they are usually only affordable until the end of the month. Many locksmiths will also charge extra for their labor, and you may end up paying even more than you would for their original service. Before trusting the locksmiths recommendations, it is important to check references, ask friends and family for recommendations, or research prices online.
When you have decided that you want to get a new set of locks, you can either call around to your local locksmiths or go online and find one. Most locksmiths will have a website which will give you basic information about them and sometimes give you a phone number to reach them at. When choosing a locksmith, make sure you go with someone who looks professional. Ask for their credentials. Make sure you have a list of questions that you want answered before you let them into your vehicle. Good locksmiths will always have a list of things they will cover in their service, so you know exactly what you will be charged.
If you choose to use the internet to get your locksmith services, you should know that you can expect basic car key replacement services. Most reputable locksmiths will have websites which will give you basic information about them and sometimes give you a phone number to reach them at. If you choose to use the internet for this, make sure you choose one that has been in business for a while. Some locksmiths who are just starting up will not be very reliable. You should also ask for a free estimate on all of your needs before you let them into your car.
If your car does not already have an alarm for ignition re-keying, you should install one before you let a locksmith change the fob. This way, if you’re locked out of your car, they will have a chance to see that you have an ignition re-keying device on your car, before they try to change the fob. You should also ask your locksmith for a list of all of the different devices they carry, so you can choose one that you know they can change the fob on. If you have any questions about a fob or ignition re-keying, you should ask your locksmith before you let them into your car.