If you are a Ford owner and you lost your car key, what would you do?
Calling the dealer seems like a good idea, but they only keep track of key details for ten years. If your car is from 1998 or older, don’t even bother trying the dealer as key detail doesn’t exist. If you do decide to call the dealer, here are a couple things that you should know before doing so.
– Most Ford vehicles, excluding the diesel models, use transponder (chip) key systems since 1998 and must be programmed on site. This means you’ll have to pay to tow your car to the dealer. ($90 hook-up fee plus avg $3/mile in Chicago, in addition to the cost of making the key)
If the dealer cannot cut your key, he will refer you to a locksmith. Just beware, this locksmith is paying the dealer for these referrals which may inflate the cost of the key. In most cases it is more cost effective to just call a local locksmith right away. This will save you the headache of towing your car and long waits at the dealer. The choice is very clear, a locksmith is the better way to go.
Frequently Asked Questions About Locksmith
1. When do I need to call a locksmith?
For any type of job that has locks and keys. In a case of an emergency lock out, car lock out or house lock out.
2. Why should I use a professional locksmith company?
You should always use a licensed bonded and insured locksmith company to insure that you are getting the job done correctly.
3. I just purchased a new house do i need to rekey my home?
It’s highly recommended to rekey your house locks because when the home was being built the contractors probably had access to your homes key. To ensure you safety you should call a locksmith and have your entire home rekey.
4. I’m renting an apartment should I rekey the locks?
You should rekey the locks to ensure the safety of the house your belongings and to make sure no one else has access to you living space.
5. When do I need to get my house locks changed?
It’s highly recommended to get your house locks changed when you move in to a new home or a new business. Whenever the locks start to have issues or problems always have a professional locksmith install new locks.
6. Should all my house locks operate on the same key?
Yes, they should all be working on the same key. This also prevents a case of a house lock out by mis placing keys.
7. Should I put high security locks on my home or business?
Yes it’s highly recommended to do so, in the case that your home gets broken in to, having high security locks will help keep your home safe.
8 How can I get keys stamped “DO NOT DUPLICATE” duplicated?
You can get them duplicated by a professional locksmith who will verify the ownership of the house or business.
9. What is “Impressioning”?
Impressioning is a technique for opening a lock by making a key out of a key blank for the lock.
10. Is it legal to carry lock pick tools?
Only a professional locksmith is able to carry lock pick tools.
11. What is a Master Key?
A Master Key is created when a group of locks are custom coded so each lock uses a different key, but a combination is added so one key will open all locks. In a group of locks that are Master-keyed (MK) each lock is operable by both its own individual key and the Master-Key. Each individual key operates its own lock only. The Master-Key operates all the locks in the group. Other systems are also possible using sub-Masters, Grand-Masters, etc. Therefore, maximizing flexibility to suit you. Master key systems can incorporate different.
12. Why should I use a professional locksmith company?
Skilled professional locksmiths bring experience and fund of knowledge in lock, safe & security problems and are better prepared to solve security issues to your unique situation. Professional locksmith can prescribe state-of-the-art products that work, and more effective solutions in an efficient manner.
13. Does your locksmith service your automotive needs?
From opening your service vehicles, replacing lost keys, and repairing locks, servicing automotive locks has become a specialized field. Most lock shops won’t touch it. Citywide Locksmiths can make most automotive keys including computer chip and programmable keys from scratch. We can make VATS keys, transponder keys, and we make keys on the spot, in the field, while you wait.
14. Can you cut keys for different types of locks on site?
We can cut keys for all the locks that we supply and fit on site. We don’t carry every type of key for every type of lock but can cut most vehicles, commercial and domestic keys on site.
15. Does your locksmith give complete service?
Many lock shops concentrate on the selling and installation of hardware. When it comes to servicing that very same hardware, they’re hard to find or make appointments several days later. Citywide Locksmiths will solve your problem that very same day or even in the middle of the night.
16. What should I do in case of a lock out?
In case of a car lock out or a house lock out, it is highly recommended to call a professional locksmith who is will able to help you unlock any door for your home or car.