Regardless of whether your key broke in the door lock, in the ignition, was lost, or suddenly stopped working, you are in the same situation: you need a Gold Coast car locksmith right away. You might be feeling a bit panicky, perhaps wishing you could get a glass of water or something stronger to cure your nerves, but you are in the middle of nowhere with just a mobile phone and an online directory. You had better hope a car locksmith will come to you. If you could just sink into your bath and try not to think about it, but darn, that’s a long way away, in the same location as your bottle of wine.
Rats: Now I Have to Walk Somewhere for Help?
Do you have to walk to the nearest garage to find a locksmith, or wander towards the closest town? Actually, car locksmiths are used to coming out to calls like yours. You can laugh about it later when sharing the story with your mates, but at the time it is serious. Being trapped without the ability to just get in your car and go makes you late for appointments, work assignments, picking up the kids, and leaves you vulnerable. Women especially need to rely on the services of mobile car locksmiths, and not just any locksmiths: professionals with experience in their industry. That experience indicates that they run an ethical and successful business doing the job correctly over and over.
Will Technology Get In the Way of My Day?
One thing that puzzles drivers of older cars is the number of things you can do with a car remote. A few beeps and the odd flash and, presto, a car is not only unlocked but it is running. The driver is still sipping his coffee in the diner at the booth opposite and you want to go shake his hand because it all seems so slick. The thing is that most cars are old enough to have some kind of computerised element to them. Even automobiles nearly twenty years old were made with transponder keys. Cutting those is not as simple as cutting regular keys. Still, do not let a car locksmith convince you that it will take a couple of days to get the new key to you. After all, that will not do you any good when you are stuck miles from home.
Instead of calling a tow truck and waiting 48 hours, call a mobile locksmith who can get the job done in a much shorter space of time. He can if he knows how, so stick with experienced professionals. You get what you pay for, including dud keys and blisters.
What Services Do Car Locksmiths Perform?
As the humble family car becomes more technical than ever, more stuff breaks down. Even losing your keys is a matter of high priority. You will need your ECU re-flashed or reprogrammed. Have the transponder key reprogrammed. Get code keys cut and repaired. There is nothing which should hold back an experienced automotive locksmith. This computer stuff is old hat now, like the internet, and comes as easily to these guys as pressing buttons.
Should I Prepare Ahead of Time for Disaster?
Are you forgetful? Do things seem to break when all you do is breathe on them? Then yes, prepare for the worst. In fact, keep a number in your wallet at all times; the number of the locksmith who has the keys to your continuing mobility, at least as long as the car is running. Keys get jammed. They bend. They break, even for less accident prone members of the public, and when it is your car you are talking about, this can be a matter of safety. There is no telling if a key-related incident will happen when you are preparing to leave home or if you are in a dark parking lot at night, alone. Be prepared…
…Your professional locksmith sure is, at least the one you should be calling. He is ready to handle your drama any hour of the day or night because, face it, drama only happens outside of sociable hours, though there is likely to be an additional fee. Just be sure he is registered with a professional locksmiths association. He can make keys from the lock of your car without going to the car dealership, so the hassle and time commitment are reduced. Also, he will work with just about any make of car as long as you did not bring a Russian import over, but then again, you never know.
What Do I Do Now That the Key Is Fixed?
After the key is repaired and you can be on your way, you will be handed a bill. The fee will have been arranged beforehand, of course. Even in an emergency you should keep a tight rein on your pocket book. Good quality service is not free, but do not expect to be fleeced either. This is what locksmiths do for a living, and if they do it well, get them on to your other lock-and-key projects at home or at work.
Ian Pearson is a car locksmith on the Gold Coast with over 25 years in the industry. He has rescued thousands of clients with car key problems. So put his name and phone number — 0414 841 152 — in your contact list now; you never know when your car key might let you down!