If the lock on your car, SUV, pickup truck or van breaks, then you have a serious problem, whether it is stuck locked or unlocked. If it is locked, the vehicle is secure - but you’re going nowhere. If it has stuck unlocked, then it is insecure and prone to theft. Either way, it is a problem that needs fixing - fast, and the people who can do just that are auto locksmiths.
Why locks on vehicles break
There are numerous reasons why locks break or stop working on cars, vans, SUVs and pickups. For instance, some of the common issues are;
- The lock has been damaged, and the key no longer fits or turns
- The lock has jammed or is sticking
- The central locking system has stopped working
- The door latch has broken
- The key has stuck in the lock
- The electronics for the central locking mechanism have malfunctioned
- The locks may have rusted or suffered weather damage (particularly in older vehicles)
But whatever the problem is, an experienced auto locksmith can solve it. Auto locksmiths have received training in how to fix locks, no matter what make or model of vehicle they are faced with - or how old it is. They also receive regular refresher training to ensure they are up to date with the latest models on the market, along with any innovations in lock technology.
Types of car locks
It is astonishing how many different car locking mechanisms are to be found in both the UK and US on cars, SUVs, pickups or vans, and they all have differing levels of complexity. Many cars now have electronics in the locks as part of a central locking system, but still have traditional key and barrel locks too.
How an auto locksmith repairs locks
A lock technician’s van is equipped with state-of-the-art tools, many of which are only available to professionals in the industry. These tools enable them to diagnose a problem quickly and fix any lock, often while you wait.
If needs be, they can remove the barrel of the lock to get at the inner workings, including the circuitry for the electronic locking mechanism. They will then be able to replace any circuits as necessary.
Likewise, if there is an issue with the barrel, they can remove it and fix the problem, for example, if it is sticking. On the other hand, if it is too badly damaged, they can replace it with a new one.
Sometimes, a lock is broken beyond even the skills of an auto locksmith. In this case, the lock technician can fit a replacement lock which your existing keys will match, so you won’t have to spend extra on getting new keys cut and programmed. Auto locksmiths carry a stock of replacement locks which are suitable for use in most of the vehicles currently on the roads.
Of course, boot or trunk locks can also cease to function, and just as with door locks, these can be fixed by an auto locksmith.
Why you should call an auto locksmith
Repairing car locks isn’t something you should attempt yourself, because it takes specialist equipment and training to fixing them properly. If you just ‘have a go’, you run the risk of accidentally breaking other parts of the lock - which means you will need to contact an auto locksmith to repair your ‘repair’, and your bill will probably be higher than if you had just called in an expert the first place.
You can go to a main dealer to repair your car lock, but they often charge premium prices for such work. In addition, they may want to replace a lock rather than try to repair it. If you do take your vehicle to a dealer, they often won’t be able to fix the lock on the same day, but an auto locksmith can often come out to you on the same day you call them - within an hour in an emergency - and fix the lock while you wait.
Another advantage of using an auto locksmith is that they will drive out to your location, which a dealer won’t. Some auto locksmiths also offer a 24-hour service, so you won’t be stuck if you have a problem whatever the time of day or night it is.
How much it costs
Repairing vehicle locks is usually not the priciest job that an auto locksmith can do, although the price you are charged will depend on factors such as; the type of repair needed, the make and model of your vehicle and any whether any replacements parts are used.
As there is no industry-standard pricing guide for auto locksmith work, it is always worth your while getting a few quotes from different companies before you decide to engage one. Use the Auto Locksmith website to get no-obligation quotes for comparison from auto locksmiths near you now!
In order to aid your selection, bear in mind that many auto locksmiths offer a warranty on the work they do, or any new parts they install (it’s usually 6 or 12 months) which gives an extra layer of protection and peace of mind for customers.
Why you should use the Auto Locksmiths website
The range of makes and models of cars, vans, pickups and SUVs in use in the US and the UK is huge. You can be sure that whatever you drive, a qualified auto locksmith can repair your lock, but how do you find the best one to meet your needs?
There are a great many auto locksmiths out there, and finding one that is trustworthy, won’t try to overcharge you, and operates in the area where you live or work can be daunting, especially if it is an emergency situation.
At Auto Locksmiths, we appreciate how difficult it can all seem and that’s why we are here - to take all the uncertainty out of finding lock technicians. Every auto locksmith that is listed on this site has been vetted, approved and verified by industry experts, so you can be certain you will be receiving a service from someone who is trustworthy and qualified in repairing and replacing locks, and you can get back on the road as soon as possible.
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