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!