Due to advances in technology and the increasingly sophisticated methods of securing a car, locksmiths will often specialize in servicing the automotive industry exclusively. Besides providing spare keys and replacing lost or stolen keys, locksmiths typically also may have to replace the complete lock, including the barrel. This may apply to the doors, boot, petrol cap and ignition. Another common problem which motorists encounter are keys that break in the barrel. A competent locksmith should be able to extract any broken key without damaging the lock in any way.
Transponders are increasingly common on modern cars, and are a further sophisticated electronic measure aimed at limiting a thief’s access to a car. The transponder is a radio signal activated device that is embedded in the key. When the key is inserted into the ignition a coded radio signal is sent from the car to the key. If the codes correspond then the key will function. Another feature that is common is remote central locking, which typically is a separate fob or may be integrated into your key. These also work on a unique code, which activates the central locking system. An automotive locksmith should be able to service transponders and central locking units, which are typically battery operated.
Other services an automotive locksmith may provide include:
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