Why Are Professional Automotive Locksmiths Hard To Come By?
Posted 05/06/21 by Elspeth McIntyre
When you break or lose your house keys, it can cause a lot of complications. It’s even worse when they’re stolen, and you suddenly face the risk of a stranger letting themselves into your property.
What do you do in these situations? You call in a locksmith to create replacement keys or change the lock.
It’s the same situation if anything happens to your car keys. However, while you can seemingly find standard locksmiths around every corner, automotive locksmiths are rarer. Plenty of people don’t even know that such professionals exist, let alone what they can do for you.
Luckily for anyone facing key-related car troubles, we’re here to help. We at 3D Autokeys have the knowledge and skills to meet your automotive locksmith needs. Why are we such a rarity, though? These are the answers.
It’s An Incredibly Skilled Job
Locksmiths aren’t always considered to have the most challenging jobs, especially when movies and TV shows make picking locks seem like a walk in the park. However, this line of work poses a lot of challenges that are tough to complete effectively without the right expertise.
For instance, it’s not easy to cut a key to fit perfectly into a lock. While keys might often look the same, the finer details separate them and ensure that they can’t all be used for every lock. Only a locksmith understands what it takes to replicate those details when cutting a new key because that’s what they’re trained to do. Modern vehicles use remote keys that link to the vehicle through a transponder, so if you need new keys, they’re harder to get cut than house keys.
That’s because things get even more complicated for automotive locksmiths who deal in locks that are more technical and precise. This isn’t a trade you can just walk into, even if you have experience cutting standard keys. The skill required is on a whole other level, so companies that specialise in this area aren’t as common.
Luckily, that does mean that when you encounter an automotive locksmith, you can trust that they’re exceptional at what they do. All our experts here know their way around a vehicle lock and ignition coil, no matter if the car’s an experienced motor or one of the newer, more at-risk models. If you turn to us for your vehicle key services, you’ll get someone who understands the complexities of what this work entails. From reprogramming a key to getting a new one cut, we’re trained in ways that so few people are.
Our Range Of Services Aren’t Offered By Many
What do you think a professional automotive locksmith can do for you? Many people would probably assume that our help is limited to cutting keys and changing locks, which isn’t the case. While these are definitely two jobs that we do regularly, they’re hardly all we’re good for, as we offer a range of mobile auto locksmith services.
We aim to provide all manner of services revolving around vehicle keys, security, and auto electrics. That means that while we can replace any lost keys, we can also significantly reduce the risk of having your car stolen. We’re expertly trained at diagnostic testing too, so should there be anything wrong with your vehicle, we’ll be able to get to the bottom of things. Plus, we can fit deadlocks, trackers, and immobilisers so that you can worry less about leaving your car unattended. That’s more important now than ever before, given the growing trends of vehicle crime in the UK.
It’s rare for a company to offer as many services as these, which is why you don’t see the likes of us around as much as you might expect. You might be able to find someone who can help you cut spare car keys, but whether they’ll also manage to provide ignition guards and security locks is another matter entirely. There’s also no assurance they’ll be able to do the job remotely, something that’s obviously essential if your car keys are out of action. While these concerns might not be such an issue for those within 50 miles of Nottingham – the area we cover –can be problematic for anyone further afield.
Dealerships And Garages Provide These Services
If you have an issue with your car keys, there are several avenues you can explore. For one, you could turn to your local garage for help. You could also turn to roadside assistance should a problem occur while you’re on the road. Then, there’s the dealership where you purchased the vehicle. They also provide services that can meet your locksmith needs.
With all these different options available, an automotive locksmith may not always be the first choice. After all, people are probably more familiar with their local garage or dealership, so they’re more inclined to go there when they need help.
However, this is never a good idea because none of these routes can assist a professional automotive locksmith. For one, we’re a lot faster at resolving a problem because we have access to all the equipment and parts needed to identify and fix your issues. Dealerships and garages can be relatively slow on the uptake because they have to order stuff in, whereas we can usually get everything sorted there and then.
What’s more, these alternatives aren’t nearly as affordable as professional locksmiths are because this isn’t what they specialise in. Such services are viewed as a privilege, especially as expert equipment often has to be brought in to resolve the issue.
So, garages and dealerships charge more for help with things like module coding or lock replacement than we ever would. Considering how much drivers typically spend on their cars a year, paying extra for services like this definitely isn’t worth it.
Given that there are thousands of unlicensed locksmiths in the UK, you always want to be sure you hire a professional for your automotive needs. That’s something you never have to worry about with 3D Autokeys because our team are expertly trained in such a wide variety of services. We’re available to call Monday to Friday, so contact us if you’re facing car key trouble or wish to get a quote.
Whether you drive a car, motorcycle, van, or truck, we can help you with your problem and advise how you can use our range of auto locksmith services.
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