Car locksmithing is a niche industry with little known of its importance. It is a specialised industry and there is only one accredited car locksmith on the Sunshine Coast. Many try to dabble in the industry from auto electricians to mechanics but they soon come to realize it is not as easy as it seems. There are many reasons why people would need a car locksmith and many won’t realize how valuable these smithies are until one of these situations lands in their lap.
The top 5 reasons for needing a car locksmith, are very common but aren’t the only reasons. There are many variables that can arise and without the right knowledge and equipment, most roadside callout companies, car dealers and mechanics will be calling a locksmith anyway.
The number one reason for needing a car locksmith is the loss of an only car key. Many people simply don’t have a spare key. Whether they think they won’t loose theirs or they just don’t think about it, the day often comes when the key is missing without a trace. Depending on the type of car, a replacement key can be a costly expense especially when going through your dealer or insurance company as they will need to pay a locksmith on top of your initial ‘break in’ fee. Why not cut out the middle man and go straight to the car locksmith who can get into your car, bring a replacement key with them, program it on sight and have you off and traveling again often within an hour.
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The second reason for needing a car locksmith is when the remote or blip blip simply stops working. These seemingly handy little remotes are a thorn in the locksmith industries’ side as they constantly need replacing, fixing or replacement batteries.
The third reason is when a car’s ignition jams. The first thing drivers do in this case is to call their mechanic, dealer or insurance company like RACQ. Once again, however, it would make sense to cut out these middle men who are going to employ the services of (and charge the driver for) a car locksmith anyway.
Locking keys in the car or as those in the industry term it, ‘lockout’ is high on the list for car locksmithing inquiries. With options like calling your mechanic or breaking a window, car locksmiths are the quickest, safest and often least expensive way to get back into your car. A window breakage could end up being expensive and not to mention unsafe for the one breaking the window and also for the car as it is left exposed to the elements and criminals until the window is fixed.
Finally, and probably the least known reason is that car ignitions and locks actually need replacing every 5 to 6 years due to general use. Because keys are made from metal, when it rubs constantly against other metals it will eventually wear down. Smart locksmiths use a combination of brass and metal keys so that the key wears down before the ignition does but if inferior all steel keys are sought from key cutters, the likelihood is that your locks and ignition will wear down much quicker than expected. To prolong the life of an ignition, ensure brass and steel combination keys are chosen.