There is nothing more awful than the panic one experiences in the pit of their stomach when they are locked out, unable to get to where they need to be. Whether you forgot to take your keys before locking the car, or for some other reason your vehicle cannot be accessed, an auto locksmith’s business is to ensure that you are out of the situation as quickly as possible.
Auto locksmiths do a lot more than just unlock locked cars – they can create new keys, remove broken keys that are stuck in locks, or replace the entire locking system for your car door, and in certain cases, the entire ignition system.
The locksmith industry has grown to have a formidable presence among car repair services thanks to several technological advances in the making of cars and security systems. This also means that there are fewer players in the market who have risen to meet the growing and more complex demands that car security systems present today.
What Exactly Does an Auto Locksmith do?
Just as residential locksmiths unlock doors at your home or create spare keys, automotive locksmiths specialize in securing vehicles, ensuring that processes like car keys replacement, keys removal, and car key cutting, are handled in an efficient and professional manner.
And that’s not all. Mobile services mean auto locksmiths offer their support and expertise no matter where you are – stranded in a parking lot at a shopping mall, or locked out in a gas station while traveling.
A good locksmith is one who is able to thoroughly assess every situation and offer a comprehensive solution. This is where we come in.
The 3 Main Services of an Auto Locksmith
The primary role of an auto locksmith is to unlock your vehicle when the requirement arises. However, a good locksmith should be specialized in removing broken keys, creating duplicate keys, or replacing them, and – in certain rare situations – being to replace the entire locking system and ignition switches.
Unlocking Your Car
How does an auto locksmith manage to unlock your vehicle without having access to the system with a key? Well, that’s exactly where our expertise lies. There are several strategies a locksmith can employ to unlock vehicles
- The most common strategy involves “jimmying” the car lock; in essence, this means taking a slim piece of metal – referred to as a “jim” – and sliding it through the narrow gap between the window and the weather stripping on the door of the car. This way, the lock is accessed, and the locksmith skillfully unlocks the door using the metal.
- In the case of modern cars with highly advanced security systems that operate without keys, but rely only on “keyless remotes”, a locksmith must be able to reprogram the code so that you regain access to the car.
Removal of Broken Keys
Car keys can snap off through prolonged wear-and-tear or a wrong application through a sudden jerk movement. Though a rare occurrence, it can cause a great deal of distress to a car owner when it happens. Needless to say, it is impossible to start a vehicle when your key is broken, and you require the support of an able locksmith who is able to remove it from the lock safely without causing any damage.
When a key breaks in a door or ignition, the crevices of the thin side of the key are exposed. Auto locksmiths employ key extraction tools to the crevices and safely remove the key. A key extraction kit has normal extraction tools but with additional features. The extraction tool consists of a small piece of metal with two hooks at the end that can connect with a key. However, the process of key removal is very delicate; if something goes wrong, it can cost you a fortune to get the additional repair done. This is why it is imperative that you find the right locksmith.
Car Keys Replacement or Duplication
There are two essential types of car keys that auto locksmiths handle.The first consists of keys that are unattached to an electrical piece or a fob. These are relatively simple to make – not different from getting a duplicate house key from a residential locksmith.
It gets trickier when it comes to car keys that are attached to a fob. Many of these keys have chips that are programmed uniquely to a particular vehicle – known as transponder keys. The engine will not start without the ignition reading the code embedded in the chip.
Reprogramming Car Keys
A skilled locksmith has the expertise to reprogram a transponder key – or create an entirely new programmed key in order for you to be able to access your vehicle.
Modern vehicles are doing away with the age old system which had the owner run the risk of locking the car with the key inside, as transponder keys and keyless ignition fobs are increasingly the norm. Either way, it is wise to have a locksmith service that you know you can count on for any emergency.
A 24/7 Locksmith Company at Your Service
At UK car locksmith, we consider it our responsibility to be at your service on a 24/7 basis. Our skilled workers are empowered with the knowledge and expertise to handle any situation that might threaten the security system of your vehicle, or leave you stranded when you need to be somewhere.
You don’t have to worry about emergency key or lock situations anymore – get in touch with us right away!