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Benefits of an Automotive Locksmith

Automotive locksmiths offer consumers a great number of benefits which can help to not only save a good amount of money but offer a great deal of convenience as well. As technology has advanced, locksmiths have been able to offer more and more services in a mobile fashion. Rather than having to bring your vehicle to a physical store front. Automotive locksmiths could now come directly to your location to provide you with the services that you are in need of. This is especially helpful if you are in need of replacement car keys or the repair of your ignition. By choosing a mobile automotive locksmith over the l0cal dealership you are able to save a great deal of money while getting your vehicle back out on the road much more quickly.

Replacement Car Keys Made Easy

In the past when you needed replacement car keys you would have needed to get your car towed to the local dealership in order to have the repairs made. This resulted in car owners having to pay a hefty towing charge before any service is ever completed. By turning to a mobile automotive locksmith, car owners can avoid this large towing charge which would no longer be necessary. An automotive locksmith will come directly to your car’s location to provide you with replacement car keys. In their truck these locks carry a number of tools and key types in order to meet the needs of a range of customers. Even transponder car keys can be cut and programmed by some automotive locksmiths. In many cases, these same automotive locksmiths will provide you with service hours which extend far beyond what you would find from the local dealership. For a Brisbane automotive locksmith you can turn to Pronto Locksmiths for service around-the-clock from a friendly and professional technician.

A Wide Range of Services

When you turn to Pronto Locksmiths for automotive lock and key service, you can receive much more than just the replacement of car keys. You can turn to Pronto Locksmiths to unlock your vehicle when you have locked the keys inside. Trust Pronto Locksmiths for professional unlocking which will not damage your vehicle. Many cars have upgraded their security systems in recent years which has resulted in the need for programming both keys and remotes. Turn to Pronto Locksmiths to complete both of these for you without having to get your vehicle towed anywhere. Contact us today to discuss the services which are available for the specific year, make and model vehicle that you own.

Automotive Locksmiths offered by Pronto Locksmiths
Replacement car keys Emergency unlock Remote programming Duplicate car keys
Ignition repair Lock repair Key programming Much more…

As a mobile automotive locksmith Pronto Locksmiths can offer service to much more than just Brisbane. The professional from Pronto Locksmiths also offers service to Ipswich, Gold Coast and everywhere in between. Contact us today in order to request immediate service, or to schedule an appointment time that will work for your schedule. With years of experience, you can trust that Pronto Locksmiths will care for your vehicle throughout the service process. From replacement car keys to emergency unlocks, the one call to make for auto locksmith service is to Pronto Locksmiths.

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What is a transponder car key?

Transponder car keys are a standard for many vehicles produced today and have been since the early 2000’s, however it is rare that a vehicle owner would know what their transponder car key physically does. It is important for car owners to know this information so that when they do go to get replacement or duplicate set of car keys that they are well prepared and knowledgeable about their specific vehicle. Going into your service experience without proper knowledge can have you being taken advantage of by less reputable key dealers or service providers.

Transponder car keys allow for added security which was not possible with a standard car key. Inside of the casing of a transponder car key is a computer chip which must be able to properly “transpond” to the car’s internal computer in order for the vehicle to start when the key is turned in the ignition. The security benefits are fairly obvious, jiggler keys and hot wiring for vehicles with transponder car keys were eliminated, in addition to the threat of someone copying your existing car key.

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Pictured above is a transponder car key.

With a standard car key which does not have a transponder chip inside of it, an individual who has access to your key can have it duplicated and then easily steal your vehicle. If you have a transponder car key then this would not be possible, since the key must also be properly programmed to the vehicle in addition to being cut properly to the car’s ignition. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle programming may be possible on-board, or can require the assist of a programming machine.

Where can I get replacement transponder car keys?

There are two main choices that you have for service when you need a replacement transponder car key for your vehicle. Those choices are between a local car dealership, or a professional local locksmith. If you choose to have service completed by your local car dealership, you will first have to get your vehicle towed to their location, which only increases your total cost of service. Most dealership also only offer service during normal business hours, so if you need a replacement car key during the weekend or overnight; you can be stuck without a vehicle for some period of time.

Your second option is to choose a professional local locksmith to complete the replacement of your transponder car key. Choosing a mobile professional locksmith like Pronto Locksmiths cuts out the need for an expensive towing trip. A locksmith can come directly to your location to provide you with a replacement transponder car key. Pronto Locksmiths has the tools necessary to cut and program many of the transponder car keys which are on the market today. Since Pronto Locksmiths is a 24/7 service provider, there is no need for you to be stuck without your vehicle just because you can not find a professional to complete service for you.

When presented with these two options, the choice is clear. Choosing a professional locksmith to complete the replacement of your transponder car key not only saves you money on an expensive towing charge, but it also allows for you to get back out the road with as little delay as possible. If your transponder car key replacement needs happen to occur in Southeastern Queensland, you can rely on the professional service from Pronto Locksmiths to be able to get your vehicle back out on the road again.

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Why Choose an Automotive Locksmith Over the Dealership?

It may come as no great surprise to anyone that in this day and age of technology that more recently produced cars are more secure than ever. After all, thieves have been stealing cars for as long as cars have been around.

Prior to 2001, Australia had one the highest vehicle theft rates in the western world, and in an effort to bring this figure down AS4601 was introduced, which specifies the use of an engine immobiliser system. This has significantly reduced the instances of automotive theft and for the most part reports of theft are now regarding vehicles produced before 2001.

While theft is down, the unfortunate sacrifice is the increase in cost for vehicle keys. This is largely due to the increased expense for locksmiths and car dealerships alike to keep up with the changes in technology. Not only are most cars these days using a high security keying system but also engine immobilisers in order to deter thieves.

Toyota immobiliser key systems are one of the most secure systems on the Australian market. Most customers end up having to get their vehicle towed to a local dealership. There the dealership will install a new ECU (engine control unit), which allows for them to provide you with a complete solution for your lost keys. The dealership’s pricing varies by model, but usually runs from $2000-$5000.

Of course your humble locksmith is doing his best to keep up with technology, after all it’s our job to cater to the unfortunate members of the public who lose their keys. A locksmith can help you to save a good bit of money, because we don’t simply install a new ECU we reset the existing one. We do not simply put new door and ignition barrels in (at the vehicle owner’s expense). We re-key the existing one’s.

Here a few good reason to contact an automotive locksmith when you have lost car keys:

1. No towing cost
2. No cost of a new ECU
3. We can offer after market transponder keys at better prices than dealer original keys
4. It is cheaper to recode a barrel than to supply and install new ones
5. In most vehicles the missing keys can be deleted from the system and new keys programmed in using on-board diagnostic equipment

Of course your local key cutting kiosk cannot offer a solution for lost car keys but they can duplicate your immobiliser key in most cases. This is a process of emulating or cloning your current key. This means that your vehicle does not know the difference between your original key and the copy from your key cutting kiosk. A clone key uses batteries which have a life of about 4-5 years (assuming that the key hasn’t sat on the key hook for a year already). Imagine losing your original and thinking great I’ve still got that spare I had cut at the shops 3 years ago, only to find out that the non-replaceable battery is dead and all you have is a key to open the door, but not start the car. This is why most locksmiths choose to program a new immobiliser key into the vehicle, this way the vehicle recognizes both keys. Both keys will also last for the life of the vehicle since a real transponder key does not use a battery.

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Making sure that you have copies of a black headed Toyota car key like this can save you money down the line.

If you are buying a post-1996 vehicle, I would highly recommend ensuring that you receive two keys for your vehicle. If it is a post-1996 Toyota you are purchasing make sure that those two keys both have black heads and not gray ones. Gray Toyota keys are Valet keys and cannot be used to add new keys to the immobiliser system. Black Toyota keys are Master keys and can be used to add spare immobiliser keys, often the vehicle owner can do this themselves. It is also far cheaper to take your vehicle to a locksmith while you have one key than it is to call a locksmith to come to your location when you have no keys. The moral of the story is to always make sure you have at least two keys for your vehicle at all times; maybe, one for your wife or partner and one for yourself.

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