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Frequently Asked Questions at LA Locksmith

At Los Angeles Locksmith we get customers calling a lot with questions and we find that many people have similar legitimate questions about their locksmith service. Our technicians have put together a list of some of the most common questions they get while out performing service.

What is the difference between a transponder key and a regular car key?
A transponder key is a car key that has a small computer chip installed inside of it. The car itself will not start, even with a properly cut car key unless that computer chip is inside of that key and can be detected by the car’s interior computer. The reason for this is to increase the amount of security the vehicle has since the chip makes the vehicle much more difficult to steal. Unfortunately the trade off is that when you need a transponder car key replaced not only does the key need to be cut but the additional programming service is also required.

Should I really have my new locks re-keyed?
Yes, it is normally recommended to have new locks re-keyed. If you decide to purchase a less expensive hardware store brand of lock set it could be a good idea to have the lock re-keyed. This is because some hardware store lock sets have identical keys in separate lock packages meaning that someone purchasing the same model of lock as you may now also have key that works on your lock! We also recommend re-keying new locks because at a rate of around $50 a lock, the safety is worth it.

How do you determine price for a lock out?
Some customers when calling in assume that there is a set price for each lock out service, however each lock out is unique and requires a different amount of labor as well as techniques to complete. For example a 1998 Jeep Cherokee lock out service will be cheaper than a lock out service for a 2013 Mercedes Benz, this is for a myriad of reasons. First off a locksmith is taking responsibility for the work he is completing on the automobile and since the ’98 Jeep is older and a less expensive car the inherent risk from the locksmith is significantly lower, whereas the more expensive Mercedes would be extremely sensitive to damage. Another reason is simply the amount of security within the car. Newer model vehicles have extremely sophisticated security systems inside of the automobile, some locksmiths can not even handle these types of lock outs due to the amount of security. So what it basically comes down to for determining lock outs is the amount of risk in damage that the technician must take, along with the amount of security that the vehicle has.

We will continue to update you with more answers from our technicians to your FAQs about locksmith services in Los Angeles. Remember that Los Angeles Locksmith is available 24/7 to handle all of your automotive, commercial and residential locksmith needs.


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