If you’ve ever locked yourself out of your car or home, you know what a hassle it can be. Your first thought is to get someone to help you out of your situation. If a family member or friend can’t deliver a spare set of keys, your next call might be to a local locksmith. But before you make that call, consider this: According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, some locksmiths advertising in your local telephone book may not be local at all. They may not have professional training. What’s more, some of them may use intimidating tactics and overcharge you.
|What is an Automotive Locksmith?
They are locksmiths who have extensive knowledge and specialized training in making and programming keys and keyless remotes for cars and trucks. They have equipment that meets the needs of today's high tech vehicles. Many newer vehicles need the use of special computers and equipment to "program" the key or remote that the vehicle uses.
Why not use the Dealership for my replacement key or remote?
The advantages to using an automotive locksmith are price and
convenience. Most dealerships will charge more than an automotive locksmith will. You also have the convenience of having the automotive locksmith come right to you. If all keys are lost you do not have to waste time and money having your vehicle towed to the dealership. That is a convenience you won't get from a dealership.
What information should I have when I call an automotive locksmith?
The registration card from the glove box of your vehicle has the
information they will need. Have it with you when you call.