Thursday, September 19, 2013

Vehicle Remote Not Working?

When is the last time you opened your vehicle doors the old fashioned way? 
You know sticking the key in the door lock and turning it, if you are like me the answer is probably never. 

Just about all cars on the road today come equipped with a remote 

either inside the key or separately that operates the doors, alarm and trunk. And since it adds such ease of use to getting inside your vehicle it is obvious why no one uses their door locks anymore. But just like everything that is used everyday your remote for your vehicle can wear out, the buttons no longer work, the battery died or it breaks. After a few days of not being able to unlock your doors as you are walking up to your vehicle,  pop you trunk when your hands are full or lock your doors from across the parking lot you will see just how dependent you are on your vehicle remote.

When your remote stops working you have a few choices on how to get it fixed, you can go online and look for a replacement (just be warned vehicle  remotes need to be programmed to your vehicle before they will work), take the remote to the dealership (and over pay), go without the remote and open your doors like everyone did “back in the day” or you can call your local locksmith and have them come right out to where you are and provide you with a new remote and program it to your vehicle. 

If you opt for replacing the remote yourself then you should check out this website, it gives you the instructions on how to program the remote but just remember vehicles are run on computers and it is usually best to leave this type of delicate work up to the professionals. 

Dealerships are not always the best option, most of the time they will not have the remote in stock meaning they will have to order it for you which usually can take a few days. Once they receive the remote they will need you to come back in with the vehicle so they can program it to your vehicle this can be quite a hassle and also very expensive. 

The best option available is to call your local locksmith, they always have a huge stock of various remotes and are able to come right out to your location and program the remote right there on site. The prices are very reasonable also usually ranging between $ 65- $ 135 depending on the type of vehicle you have. Since locksmiths are always available 24 hours a day 7 days a week you can get the ease of use of unlocking your vehicle in a few minutes.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Residential locksmiths

Not many people understand the importance of a quality residential locksmith service, when most people think of locksmiths they thing of being locked out and stranded in the middle of the night. And while our emergency locksmiths do handle quite a few emergency lockout situations it is only a tiny part of our business. Residential locksmiths are responsible for all service calls that involve a home or apartment, so if you are locked out of your home or lost your apartment key and cannot contact the landlord then a residential locksmith is your saving grace to get you back into your residence where you belong.
Unlocking doors is not all a residential locksmith is responsible for, let’s say you have just moved into your home and everyone is telling you that you need to change your locks. Well a residential locksmith is who you are going to need, sure you can try to change the locks yourself but c’mon who has time for that when you are moving? Residential locksmiths perform this type of job all of the time and most local companies will provide you with a discount since you are a new home owner.
Lock changes are not always necessary. You see there is a thing called rekeying, when you rekey a lock you simply take apart the tumbler inside the lock which it the part that the key goes into and reset the pins. To a regular Joe that sounds like a very complicated job but for a professional residential locksmith this is one of the easiest cheapest ways to provide their customers with a secure feeling that only they will be able to open their doors. Here is a picture of the pins inside a lock and what rekeying does.

A professional residential locksmith is also able to provide you with things other than locks, like security cameras, safes or intercom systems. A residential locksmith is basically a home security expert equipped with the training and certification to provide your entire home with the highest level of security your budget allows.
Since residential locksmiths main focus is on the home they are well versed in the latest methods thieves are using to break in to homes and they are constantly devising new ways to defend against them. If you live in a area with a high break in rate call your local locksmith and request a free home security evaluation so you can determine just how safe you and your loved ones are.