How an Auto Locksmith Works

When you call a locksmith to help you regain access to your vehicle, they come with specialized tools and equipment specially designed to help work on your car.  Locking systems for cars are in many ways quite different from your run-of-the-mill residential or commercial locks, so special training and equipment is necessary.

New vehicles – that means anything from about the mid-’90s on – have different keying systems than older vehicles.  While we still see some older cars chugging along out there, most of our auto calls handle modern cars, and that means interfacing with an electronic system.  That’s something only a specialized auto locksmith can change; gone are the days when any locksmith could work on any car.

Modern systems use a key that has a transponder code embedded inside – a “transponder key”, as it were.  When this key is inserted into the ignition, the car reads its code – and only starts when the correct code is read.  This prevents bootleg keys or homemade implements from starting the car; only the “correct” key can start the engine.  It’s designed to prevent cars from being hot-wired, and it’s been very effective.

That means, however, to replace the key or re-key the car, auto locksmiths need special decoding machines.  These find the code needed to open the door of your car – and allows the locksmith to reprogram a new transponder key, allowing you to open your car doors and start the ignition.  This is often faster than manually opening a car, and reduces the risk of any damage occurring – often, in less than five minutes, you’ll have a new key ready to go and complete access to your car once more.

So the next time you find yourself locked out of your vehicle, remember that expert auto locksmiths like the ones at The GTA Lockman are ready, available and trained to help.  Any time, day or night, we’ll come to help you out of your car emergency.  We’ll get you back on the rood as quickly as possible!

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I needed a lock replaced since I could not find the key to the lock. I phoned Lockman. The service is excellent! Sol came and assessed what was needed and had it replaced really fast. Great service, very professional and efficient. I highly recommend this service to anyone who is need of locksmith services. Thank you Sol and Lockman very much! C Wiesen
Lost my last set of car keys and these guys came to my rescue within 15 minutes of my call to save the day. Sol, the gentleman who created a new set of keys (one remote and one manual), was friendly, honest and efficient in performing the replacement. These guys really know what they're doing in the best way possible, I would highly reccomend their services to anyone as unlucky as me! Thanks again Lockman! Anthony G
The technician for GTA Lockman was amazing! He came to my home within one hour of my call and changed all the locks on my doors. He was very understanding of my urgency to feel safe and took care of everything the same night! I would highly recommend GTA Lockman. Quick, friendly service and very affordable prices!!! Thank you GTA Lockman! Kim Taus

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