Trust the pros at Pop-A-Lock® for all your lock repair & installation needs. Lived in your current home for years, but never changed the locks? Rekeying your home’s locks will ensure that you know exactly who has access to your house and increase its overall security.

Without the key being programmed to the vehicle, your vehicle won’t start. The Immobilizer key was invented in year 1986 (VATS ‘anti-theft system name’) it’s an anti-theft system to protects a car from being stolen. If you get locked out of your car or lose your car key, an automotive locksmith will be able to help you cut a new key tracing the car’s vin number. In a case of a broken lock, a professional Locksmith will know to assess the situation and provide a solution that will leave you with a perfectly functioning lock. If some parts are broken, the locksmith will try and fix them or provide a replacement if that is the case in order to safeguard your home or business. Rekeying your building is the process of realigning or changing the pins inside a lock in order to stop previously issued keys from working on your property.

Sometimes, a locksmith will need to drill your lock open, rendering it useless. However, this is a last resort measure, and most skilled locksmiths should be able to open your lock without breaking it. Should this happen, your locksmith should already have the equipment on hand to replace your lock. This is a rather complex job as the professional tweaks the lock mechanism to render the old keys useless.

Most homeowners prefer to rekey rather than change the locks unless security is an issue. Ignition – The car’s door lock can act as a prototype to make copies for the ignition. However, if the door is not opening with the proper key, it may just be a worn-out key that needs replacing. Sometimes you can find perfect working door locks for your make and model at junkyards, which will save you a ton of money. If a transponder key is the only key you have and it’s locked in your car, you’ll need to get a new key cut and programmed for about $145. Usually, the key and the car communicate via a computer chip so that it doesn’t become locked inside.

As you might imagine, as the rekeying moves up to more complex methods requiring chip programming, the price will go up. But if it’s just a normal key, the price should stay on the lower end. Where it gets a little more tricky is with car keys attached to a fob. Many of these keys are also transponder keys — meaning that they have a chip that is programmed uniquely to that car. A key extraction tool is a small, thin piece of metal with two little hooks at the end that are used to connect with the key.

Most locksmiths work out of small shops that are usually well kept. They sometimes work in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time. Their work often requires them to spend much time driving from job to job. Manual dexterity and good hand-eye coordination are important for locksmiths.