If you have seen movies like “Gone in 60 Seconds,” then you know just how easy it is to break into cars. To deter theft, car manufacturers have begun incorporating advanced locking mechanisms into car doors and even ignition switches. If you lose your car key or lock it in the car, it could be a major problem and require a car locksmith specialist. Our emergency locksmith Indianapolis team is always ready to go.
Most new cars now use “smart keys” which have a computerized transponder chip in them which sends a message to your car. Some of these are very advanced in preventing theft. For example, if your car door is opened without a key, then the computer will send a signal for your ignition to lock. In cases where your keys are locked in a car, then just about any locksmith can help. The locksmith may be able to open the car door. While this may cause the ignition to lock, you will be able to unlock it once you get your smart key. However, there are a lot of variations between locking systems in car models, which is why you may need a locksmith who specializes in cars.
Car locksmiths have to constantly update their knowledge about car locking systems. There are even some car locksmiths which only work on certain models of cars. When you call a locksmith for help with your car, it is very important that you know your model of car as well as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). If a new key is needed, the locksmith will have to have the VIN to create it. Today, some cars work entirely on an electronic key and lock system, so the job of these locksmiths is more like the job of a computer tech.
Replacing smart car keys is very expensive compared to the older style of metal keys. In 2007, a report showed that the minimum cost of a new smart key was $150 whereas others cost more than $350. In many cases, the car manufacturers have created a monopoly on their locking systems and you must order a new lock through the dealership. Some laws have been passed in order to make spare keys more affordable to car owners. In California, for example, a 2008 law requires car makers to disclose coding information about their car locks so they can have spare keys made privately, such as at locksmiths.
Other laws have tried to make national standards for car keys. While this will make it cheaper and easier to get spare keys – and make the job of a locksmith easier – it will also make it easier for thieves to break into your car once they master the international standard. It may be better to stick to the complex locking systems, even if they are more costly. Just make sure you get a spare key from your car locksmith before you lose it!