Our cars are our valuable personal assets, so it’s important to stay proactive in keeping your vehicle safe and secure. Locksmiths aren’t just qualified to deal with building locks and keys; they can also come in handy if you ever happen to find yourself in a sticky car key situation. Here are just 3 ways locksmiths can help keep you and your care secure.
Rekey the locks on your car
It’s common practice to change all the locks before you move into a new home. But did you know that you should adopt the same practice when it comes to new cars?
Rekeying the locks on a car involves changing your car’s lock or ignition chamber so that the old keys are rendered useless. When a locksmith rekeys your car’s locks, they will disassemble the existing locks and ignition chambers and reassemble these mechanisms to accept a new key.
So, when would rekeying your locks be necessary? There are multiple scenarios for when rekeying your car’s locks would be a wise move. Let’s say you’ve lost your keys or had them stolen. Rekeying your locks would mean that the lost or stolen keys would no longer work, so you wouldn’t have to worry about someone stealing and driving off with your vehicle.
Another situation where you should look at hiring a locksmith to rekey your locks would be if you’ve just bought a second-hand car. In these scenarios, you can’t be sure of how many duplicates there are out there, so getting your locks rekeyed is an easy security measure to take to ensure that your vehicle is safe and secure. The odds of someone breaking into your vehicle with a duplicate key are low, but you can never be 100% sure.
Rekeying locks is usually a fairly straightforward and quick process. Depending on the type of lock being rekeyed and the skill level of the locksmith, the time involved in rekeying a lock can vary. However, it’s safe to say that in the hands of a qualified and skilled locksmith, the process itself shouldn’t take more than 30-45 minutes.
Replace the locks on your car
Sometimes it might become necessary to completely replace the locks on a car. Replacing locks involves unscrewing the old lock and installing a completely new one, complete with a new set of keys. If there’s nothing physically wrong with your car locks, then going for a full lock replacement isn’t always necessary. Scenarios where you would look at replacing the locks on your car would be if the car locks have been damaged or if the key has snapped off inside a lock.
So, is it cheaper to rekey or replace a lock? The answer is pretty straightforward. Since there are more material costs associated with the process of replacing a lock (e.g. supply of a new lock system), replacing a lock is definitely more expensive than rekeying a lock. The cost to replace a lock on your car can range anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over $1,000. It all depends on the complexity of the job and the type of locking system currently installed in your car.
Emergency lock services
Lockouts are one of the most common reasons why people call locksmiths. Maybe your key has snapped while it’s inside the lock, or maybe you’ve locked your keys inside your car. There are many reasons why you might find yourself in need of an emergency lock service.
Locksmiths are trained to respond to a variety of different situations, so if you find yourself locked out of your car, it’s best to call a professional locksmith who will get you back on the road in no time. It’s usually not worth trying to figure it out yourself, as you could easily end up wasting a heap of your valuable time.
At Jim’s Locksmiths, our locksmiths are able to get to you fast. If you ever find yourself locked out of your car, give us a call. Our locksmiths are able to create new keys even without the original. We understand that these situations can be extremely time-sensitive, so we’ll always endeavour to get you back on the road as quickly and safely as possible.
Our cars are valuable, so it’s important to keep them safe and secure. If you’d like to change your keys or replace your locks, contact us at Jim’s Locksmiths today. From rekeying services to lock replacement services, we’ll help you find the best option at the best price. Contact Jim’s Group today on 13 15 46 for an obligation-free quote.
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