Master locksmith with over 30 years experience.
If you have hardware produced by the same manufacturer, ie: Quikset, Schlage, you can. In some instances the locksmith may have to replace some of the hardware.
Our expert locksmiths are able to “impression” a key from a lock in most instances on older makes and models of vehicles. Sometimes it’s easier to just replace the cylinder in a house lock.
New vehicles with “transponder” keys are more difficult. A transponder is a computer chip embedded in the key itself and requires another computer to match it to your car’s brain. The replacement keys are pretty expensive and usually your car’s manufacturer can supply you with a replacement key much cheaper than we can. At other times, all we need is a code from your manufacturer that we can use to program or cut your new key. Please call us to discuss your particular key.
We can install Medeco and other high security locks, which provide you with the maximum assurance that you key cannot be duplicated by anyone else but yourself. Locksmiths must register with Medeco to be provided with this type of security.
We get many calls from new homeowners wanting to ensure the safety of their family and belongings. In one instance, a new homeowner returned to find a contractor in her kitchen – weeks after the closing on her home. She was under the assumption that the general contractor had changed the locks. Builders often cut corners by installing cheap locks and not taking time to rekey an individual’s home once it has been sold. Many people may have the keys to your brand new home. Don’t take chances.
Another instance was brought to our attention by a customer. He recently moved to the area and bought a home that had been vacant for over a year. He did not have his locks rekeyed based on the presumption that the former owners were long gone. He thought he was losing his mind when he started noticing items missing and food disapearing. The mystery was solved when a neighbor brought his teenaged son over to return his possessions. Apparently the kid was skipping school and using an old key to let himself in and make himself at home.
Friends, neighbors, relatives of the former homeowner may all have keys to your house. Police have a difficult time filing a report and you have a difficult with your insurance company when no noticeble signs of forced entry are present after a burglary. Protect yourself.
- First, check for a physical address and legitimate business name. The phone books and online searches are full of phony operators. Locksmiths with toll free numbers are suspect. Often the biggest ads quoting the cheapest prices are frauds.
- Second, make sure the operator answers with the NAME of the business. Not something generic like “locksmith service”.
- Third, ask that the price quoted includes the service call AND the actual service.
- Fourth, ask for the name, what they are driving and the direct phone number of the locksmith responding to your call. Some legitimate locksmiths may use a dispatch service, but they will gladly give you this information for your safety.
- Finally, NEVER, EVER give them your credit card number before they have completed the service to your satisfaction.