Car Locksmith is a term for a car dealer or mechanic who repairs and modifies ignition and doors locks. A locksmith must be licensed in the state from where he performs his service. There are car locksmiths, and sub-contractors. They can be approached through the different mediums of phone or person to person, or through advertisements in local newspapers and auto magazines.
As a customer, one must ask many questions in order to get a good idea of what services are available from a car locksmith, and at what price. Some of the common questions are as follows: What services does the company offer? Is there a minimum age or credit requirement?
A professional locksmith will give the best possible estimate for the repairs and/or modifications that are required for your vehicle. Before beginning negotiations, take note of the estimated cost and ask the locksmith to provide you with a certificate of authenticity. The certificate should state the year, make and model of your car and the key code by which you can open the door. Car locksmiths have access to special tools like a key decoder in order to determine the code. The certificate serves as a proof that the key is indeed from your car. Many dealers even provide car keys along with the invoice.
Another thing to consider before entrusting your vehicle to a car locksmith is to know exactly what key features your car has. If you do not know these features, or they are not installed properly, it is better to look for a new car locksmith than to risk having the car key removed while trying to make a repair. A professional locksmith should be able to determine these features for you, or provide you with guides on the features that your car may have.
Car locksmiths are also skilled at creating a code that opens a trunk without activating the alarm. This allows the owner to place their vehicle in the trunk with the keys inside, or have a trusted friend to do it for them. This is useful if the owner of the car needs to leave town for an extended period of time, but still needs to have access to their car. Trunks also prevent thieves from stealing your car’s battery as it cannot be opened by anyone other than yourself, the person who has received the keys.
Car locksmiths can also re-key ignition locks and remover damaged locks. These services are usually carried out after hours, since most people opt to go home after work. Ask your locksmith about these options, or whether they can provide you with an immediate replacement. The price that a locksmith will charge depends on the service that he or she plans to provide. If you are planning to lock your car for a short period of time, a simple key will usually do; however, if you plan to leave your car outside for a long period of time or in a high-crime area, you might need to call in a locksmith instead.