Just like home locks may require changing before you move in, you will also need the expertise of a professional auto locksmith to change your car locks safely and effectively.
The thing is, not many people believe that rekeying a car is necessary. What’s more, even fewer realise we provide this service.
How an auto locksmith can change your locks and ignition
Car lock and ignition chambers function using a series of spring-loaded pins and tumblers. The cuts and grooves in your keys must be cut to perfectly match these pins and tumblers, otherwise it will not turn.
Sometimes however, wear and tear can result in these pins and tumblers:
- Wearing down
- Coming loose
- Getting stuck
Each of these problems can result in your keys not working.
The only way to fix them? Call an auto locksmith, who will break down your lock or ignition and replace the affected pins.
This is a service that’s known as rekeying.
Here are some situations which may require you to change your car locks…
Reason 1: you’ve just bought a new car
So you’ve just bought a brand new second-hand car. The first thing you’ll want to do is replace the ignition or locks!
Who knows how many existing copies of your keys are floating around?
You don’t know for sure that the previous owner didn’t call an auto locksmith of their own to cut copies of their car keys.
While it’s unlikely they’re following you around looking to steal from you, we understand it can make you feel antsy knowing that there might be someone else out there with access to your car.
The solution? Getting your car locks and ignition chambers rekeyed.
Reason 2: damaged car lock or ignition
Due to frequency of use and over time, your car lock and ignition chambers may have become weakened or damaged.
This is an especially common problem if you’re the type of person who likes jabbing their keys into the lock or ignition with a lot of force!
In other cases, someone may have been trying to break into your car by forcing the lock. Needless to say, this can cause damage to your ignition or locks, making it hard to fit your keys in.
In both of these situations, an auto locksmith in Melbourne can repair your broken car locks and ignition chambers, saving you the headache that comes with having to force your keys every time you want to go somewhere.
Reason 3: lost or stolen car keys
You might think that losing your car keys doesn’t necessarily have to mean replace your car locks.
Take it from us however - when you call an auto locksmith to replace a missing car key, it’s a good idea to think about rekeying your car while they’re there!
Say you’ve lost your car keys in a public area. To keep your vehicle safe, car owners must replace car locks and ignitions, especially if their car keys were stolen.
After all, who knows who’s holding onto your car keys, just waiting for an opportunity to get in?
As we’ve talked about before in the past, many cars are stolen not by smashing a window, but with your keys. Rekeying your car ensures that your car keys will not be used by any would-be-thieves.
By rekeying your lock and ignition, you’ll make your previous set useless, thwarting any ne’er-do-wells.
Reason 4: your car locks just aren’t working
Are your keys refusing to turn? It could be because these pins and tumblers are misaligned, or they’ve worn down to the point where your keys no longer fit due to:
- Wear and tear
- Too much force
When this happens, the only way to fix it is by disassembling your lock or ignition chamber and replacing all the pins and tumblers inside.
While the combination is the same and you’ll still be able to use your previous set of keys, we’ve still technically changed your lock or ignition!
Let an auto locksmith in Melbourne rekey your car lock on the spot
Don’t resort to using dodgy DIY solutions to get your car lock working.
Instead, contact a qualified auto locksmith in Melbourne who can safely and effectively rekey your car removing all the locks in your car, including: the:
- Driver door lock
- Passenger door lock
- Ignition cylinder
Galmier’s auto locksmiths in Melbourne can help with all your key, lock and ignition issues, providing on-the-spot solutions. We understand that you don’t want to spend any more time than necessary stranded, which is why we endeavour to get you back on the road as soon as possible.