Columbia CAR KEY REPLACEMENT
Everyday wear and tear can cause the teeth of your car keys not to match the lock mechanism and then fail to open or start your car. If the key isn't quite as worn yet, it will usually still work but it may take several tries. When this happens, it's a good sign that you should contact a professional locksmith and have them create you a new set of keys. The danger in not doing so is that the keys will continue to wear down and you will eventually find yourself locked out of your vehicle or unable to start it. Losing access to your own vehicle is a hassle. Fortunately, you can prevent it by taking a proactive approach to key management.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the procedure for replacing my car keys?
You have three options for car key replacement. The first one, which we don't recommend, is to bring your keys to a local dealership and request that they create a new set of keys. Although this should be easy for them to do, it could be quite costly for you. Dealerships sometimes charge a lot of money simply because they know people are desperate and they can.
Your second and least expensive option is to try to replace your own car keys. It's important that you know exactly what you're doing and that you buy or rent the proper tools to do so. If you try to guess the instructions or use the wrong set of tools, you could end up with damaged keys that could eventually cause widespread damage to the ignition or an outside lock.
We think the best choice is to call us and ask us to send a certified locksmith to your location to cut a new set of keys for you. In terms of price, this costs less than a dealership and more than doing it yourself. However, you have the assurance of knowing that we have the proper equipment and training to do the job right the first time.
What are the benefits to working with a professional locksmith for key replacement?
Buying parts to create replacement keys from an unknown seller is always a risk. You have no guarantee as to the authenticity or quality of the parts. When you work with us, you know that we back both our products and workmanship. Saving money by not having to go to a dealership is another big advantage.
Are you unable to replace my keys if I don't have the original?
No, it isn't necessary for you to have your original key for us to create a new one although it speeds up the process. It's easy enough for us to duplicate your key without needing to look at the original key to find a code. If you can provide your original key, it proves ownership of your car if you currently use a fob without metal blades.
What if my original key is too damaged or I lost it?
This isn't a problem for us . Because we always stay abreast of current technology, we don't need to have a physical copy of your key in order to replicate it. To get started, our locksmith first needs to confirm your ownership of the vehicle. With that information, he or she can obtain your vehicle identification number and input that into our replication equipment to make you a new key.
Replacing your car key after you have had it extracted
Please don't try to pull a broken key out of the ignition of your car or from one of its doors. Without the proper training and equipment, you can cause significant damage to your lock or key. Even other locksmiths can cause this type of damage, but you don't have to worry about that as a customer. Our locksmiths use their extensive training and experience to carefully extract your key without causing damage to any other part of your vehicle.
With all the options available to you, working with a professional auto locksmith technician is the way to go. We require each of our service employees to complete ongoing education to make sure that they can work with keys for any make or model of vehicle. This is especially important since so many of the newer cars today use electronic fob or transponder systems rather than manual keys.
We can even repair your lock or key if another locksmith company caused the damage. Although fixing it at no charge is the right thing to do, not everyone shares the same values. You could end up frustrated and wasting a lot of time arguing with a locksmith to do this. Calling us can save you both time and money rather than hoping that another company will relent and fix their damage without charging you for it.
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Repair of Broken Car Keys
Although a key sometimes gives clues that it's about to break, this isn't always the case. Whether sudden or expected, you can contact us 24 hours a day to request immediate repair of your broken keys.
One of the most common scenarios that causes a car key to break is when you use it to try to open something else. When you carry several keys on a chain and many of them look similar, it's easy to do this. You don't realize that you have selected the wrong key and continue to apply pressure to it because you assume the lock is jammed. Unfortunately, the key can break or the added pressure can damage the lock.
No matter how your car key breaks, we're available to provide you with immediate assistance. When you call our dispatch center, we guarantee that a locksmith technician will arrive in 30 minutes or less. We come to your exact location to assess the situation and fix it on the spot. Our experienced locksmiths have the skills to replace transponder, remote, or standard car keys from any model or make of vehicle currently available within the United States.
What should I do when my key gets bent or warped?
We consider a key warped when you look at it and notice damage on its bends or cracks. If this happens, please contact us right away for immediate assistance. Our company has been located in this State for many years. In that time, people have come to trust us as locksmith professionals they can trust with any need and at any time. Although we understand it's frustrating to deal with a warped key, you can potentially prevent a lockout or your car not starting by having us repair it as soon as possible.
Contact us if your key has been lost or stolen
If someone has stolen your car keys or you have misplaced them, it's important to arrange for a replacement as soon as possible. This is true even if you have an extra set of keys at home or another location since you might not be able to locate them in a timely manner. In this situation, you need a mobile locksmith company that will come directly to your location to cut a new set of keys while you wait. We serve you and guarantee that we will arrive no later than 30 minutes after your request for service. Our company can also program replacement transponder and key fobs or change the locks of your car upon request.
We create replacement keys for damaged vehicle locks
Certain situations, such as a minor collision with another car or someone attempting to break into your car, can make it seem like your car drives differently. In reality, the changed behavior of your vehicle could happen because of damage to its locks. It's even possible that a faulty lock caused your keys to break. In any case, we encourage you to call us right away and ask us to cut a new key for you.
Without question, it's our desire to exceed your expectations and continue to serve as the country's leading automotive locksmith company. When you call our toll-free dispatch number, we will send a certified locksmith to your location in 30 minutes or less. Since we are part of a nationwide network of mobile locksmiths, we can help you no matter what your location. Remember that we are always available whenever you need us, even in the middle of the night.