Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know if he is a qualified locksmith?
To make sure that you got a qualified locksmith, he should possess his credentials such as his locksmith license. In most cases, he must be working for a credible and reputable company where you can get information about his professional working experiences.
What are the usual tasks or skills of a locksmith?
A locksmith is capable of installing, opening, and repairing keys, locks and other security items for residential properties, commercial spaces, and even for vehicles. They have undergone rigorous training to develop their skills and provide you with an excellent work.
I lost my keys. Can a locksmith provide a copy?
Yes. For older vehicles whose keys without chips, the locksmith checks the ignition’s wafers to get the key cut. For keys with chips, he has to connect a computer to the system of the car to get the necessary programming information.
What is a transponder key and why is it useful?
Transponder keys or chip keys are equipped with unique digital codes to prevent cars from getting stolen easily. These codes will ignite the car and will allow you to communicate with your vehicle that is built with a transponder system.
Can I manually program the transponder key on my own?
Yes, you have the option to program your own transponder key. However, you just need to make sure that you have two spare keys that have been programmed and synced with your vehicle. This is to avoid any unforeseen problems.
My key broke off in the ignition. What should I do?
If you were able to gather the broken pieces of the key, then you should keep them. It will be more convenient and less expensive to create a new car key using those pieces. But if there is a piece stuck in the ignition, then immediately call a locksmith to take it out for you.
Why can't my key turn the ignition lock like before?
There are a few reasons why this situation happens. First, the lock cylinder may be dirty and filled with dust particles. Second, it is possible that there are knotted springs inside the cylinder. Third, you may have a bent key.
Is it safe to use the duplicate car key always?
It isn’t necessarily dangerous, but a duplicate key may cause damages to your door lock or ignition, especially when it has been poorly made. Sometimes, duplicate keys don’t immediately fit inside the locks, forcing you to put it in and break the system.
Am I allowed to use the equipment in opening my car?
No, you are not allowed to use such tools. Apparently, qualified locksmiths are the only ones who have the authority to own and utilize the devices in opening your car. They are well-trained and knowledgeable in handling the equipment.
Can locksmiths also duplicate or replace the keys for motorcycles?
Yes, they can. Motorcycles are also included in the field of professional locksmith. Licensed locksmiths have the skills to provide you with a duplicate of the existing key or a replacement key if you have lost your original motorcycle key.