Getting locked out of your car can happen for a variety of different reasons, many of which you have little control over. Thousands of times per year, dogs left inside of a car will jump up onto the window ledge and inadvertently hit the lockdown thereby locking themselves inside the car, and you outside. Children have been known to do the same, but sometimes are old enough to unlock the door as well. And then there’s that quick run into the minute-mart store where you leave the engine running, have a second thought about not wanting your car stolen, and lock the door, forgetting that, your keys are in the ignition. It happens to everybody once in a while, here are some of the best solutions to prevent the problem, or fix it once it happens.
Start Now, Buy a Hide-a-Key
Before you do anything else, go right now to the local hardware or automotive store and get what is called a Hide-a-Key. They are small containers that have magnets attached and can be hidden inside the frame of your car. Get a copy of your key made and insert it into the small box and then hide it in the frame of your car.
If you do it right now, you’ll someday thank yourself for having listened when you read this article and took immediate action. It may be a year from now or next week, but you’ll save hundreds of dollars, hours of anxiety, and your safety won’t be in jeopardy either. These small hidden boxes are a lifesaver and only cost about $2 plus the cost of making a copy of your key.
While you’re at it, get two of these little boxes and get a copy of your house key made at the same time. Then take the house key and hide it somewhere in your yard, under your porch, or leave it with a neighbor for the next time you get locked out of your home. It’ll save you from calling a locksmith, or breaking your own window, to get in.
Many Car Dealers Can Make A Car Door Key
If you find yourself locked out of your car you can usually call the car dealership where you purchased the car new and they can make you one. They’ll need to have a lot of details like your name, address, phone number, car serial number, and other information. This is to stop common criminals from getting the serial number of your car and using it to have a key made to steal your car.
Some dealerships will even have their own locksmith that they’ll send to your location and open the car for you. This is a safeguard to stop thieves because they will ask for your ID and verify you are the owner before unlocking the door. Since car lockouts are a very common problem, many car dealers have locksmiths on call to help their customers when needed.
Also, due to having so many cars on their lots, and new salespeople coming a going on a daily basis, there are lots of lockout problems that happen at their store. So instead of having an outside locksmith having to come to retrieve keys from cars, they’ll have their own, on-site locksmith do the job instead. He may be a dedicated locksmith, or he may have other duties that he performs in addition to opening cars on the lot.
Some Car Dealers Contract Out The Locksmith Job
This can be a management decision that has lots of variables involved. When a customer calls with a car lock-out problem, how far should the dealer travel to do the service? Or, should they contract out with a dedicated car lockout company that has service representatives all across the country? Having your own service people drive through traffic to a distant location may not be worth risk and cost. They’ll have to have an insured vehicle, covered by the company, and may end up driving long distances through heavy traffic for just one service call.
On the other hand, a car lockout service may have a representative nearby, could get there sooner, and cost less in the long run for the dealership. It all depends on the size of the service area that the dealer decides to cover, how often their customers need help and the costs of having a vehicle ready, insured, and with trained personnel on call.
With Some Brands Of Cars There Are Fewer Keys To Choose From
This is something that some of the larger car brands have gotten in trouble for in the past. At one time, throughout all of the brands under the GM name, there were actually only a few different keys made in a given year. They were sued and soon began making lots more different keys and separating the various brands so that a Buick key wouldn’t fit a Pontiac and vice versa.
Still, in many car dealerships, they’ll have a huge key ring for a given year and all they need is the serial number of your car to know which one will unlock it. Other times they can use the serial number to make a key, with a special machine, that will unlock the door. Each different brand of car will typically have their own policy for providing the car unlocking services that their customers need.
There Are Nationwide Car Unlocking Companies
There are several national companies that work mostly with insurance companies to provide car unlocking services. They usually are covered on your car insurance if you have roadside assistance added to your policy. These riders that are added to your car insurance can be a lifesaver in many ways since they cover car lockouts, flat tires, dead batteries, towing, and even out-of-gas situations. Just one roadside emergency every few years and they’ve paid for themselves. Plus, no man wants his wife and children stranded on a dark road with a flat tire. With roadside emergency service, just a phone call gets the job done.
If you’re locked out of your car, you can start by calling your dealer to see what your options are as far as making a new key. Otherwise, call your insurance company and see how they handle car lockouts. If you don’t have the coverage, it’s a bargain and you should add it now while you’re thinking of it.
It’s #TBT (Throwback Thursday) and Locksmith 775, your trusted Reno Locksmith, remembers the 2003 film, The Matrix Reloaded. In the film, the intrepid hero, Neo, must locate and liberate a character named the Key Maker. The Key Maker can fabricate a key that will open any lock. Neo needs the Key Maker to help him unlock the door to his destiny. Locksmith 775 has the tools, skill, and knowledge to unlock any annoying locked doors in your life.
The Key Maker in The Matrix Reloaded has some skill, but we bet that our Reno locksmith professionals can give him a run for his money. We hope this video unlocks the door to your destiny (or at least unlocks a smile).
At a critical moment in the film, the Key Maker is quoted as saying, “Another way. Always another way.” We at Locksmith 775, the fastest Reno Locksmith, tend to agree. Some lockouts are trickier than others, and our highly skilled locksmiths will always find another way.
Whether you lost your key to the office, have a broken key in the ignition, or you get locked out of your car, Locksmith 775 can meet you within minutes of your initial call because we understand the importance of a fast response time.
We can solve any car lockout or let you inside your house or apartment within 25 minutes of your initial call. Contact us today!
Many of us will sacrifice safety in exchange for convenience when it comes to storing a spare house key on our property. Rather than choosing to keep our homes safest by abstaining from hiding a spare key, we delude ourselves into thinking that we can hide a key from a home intruder while also making the key easily accessible to ourselves and our families. We at Locksmith 775, your Reno locksmith of choice, advise you to not to fall into this trap and subsequently put your family in danger.
Not-So-Secrete Hide-A-Key Locations
You might think that you can dupe a home intruder from finding your hidden spare house key, but home intruders can be crafty. A skilled home intruder may “case” your house prior to attempting a break-in. This covert reconnaissance allows the intruder to take notes on your typical comings and goings. A lucky intruder may see you accessing your top secret spare key hiding spot, unbeknownst to you. Home intruders will generally attempt to access your home the easiest way possible, and preferably without you at home.
The following ‘secret’ spare key hiding locations are the first places home intruders will look. DO NOT hide your keys in these locations.
- Under the doormat
- Within a ‘fake rock’
- Your wallet
- On top of your door frame
- Beneath your potted plant
- Anywhere that says ‘KEEP OUT’
What Should I Do Instead of Hiding My Spare?
Locksmith 775, your go-to Reno locksmith, knows that it is especially tempting to hide your spare house key somewhere on your property. The surest way to keep you and yours safe, though, is to abstain from hiding the key in the first place.
Abstaining from hiding your spare house key doesn’t need to be inconvenient during a lockout scenario. The pros at Locksmith 775 can arrive at your property within 15-25 minutes of your call.
Instead of leaving your belongings and loved ones vulnerable to home intrusion, make the safe choice and call the fastest Reno locksmith in the area, Locksmith 775. We are available 24/7. Contact us today!
In the United States, gun theft from legal owners is on the rise and responsible gun owners are looking for better ways to secure their firearms. Locksmith 775 is the locksmith that Reno needs for all your gun safe installations and lockout help.
Is All Gun Safe Technology the Same?
There are a few common types of gun safes. Here is a list of common types.
- Lock and key safe……………………. most vulnerable
- Turn-dial safe…………………………. 2nd most vulnerable
- Electric combination safe……….. 3rd most vulnerable
- Biometric safe………………………… most secure, but also most difficult to troubleshoot
Gun Safe Technical Difficulties
A variety of things can go wrong with your gun safe. Here are just a few of the most common gun safe issues that Locksmith Reno 775 can address:
- Forgot safe combination
- Electric safe internal wiring issues
- Locked key inside safe
- Malfunctioning dial
- Shifted combination number
- Jammed bolts
- Corroded bolts
As a gun owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that you are properly storing your guns and ammunition. Your compliance with state and federal gun storage laws isn’t just good practice; proper gun storage can save lives. We highly recommend that you learn the local laws that govern your gun storage.
If you have reason to believe that any unauthorized person has gained access to your gun safe, you need a Reno locksmith to re-key or re-code your safe as soon as possible.
Locksmith Reno 775 Coverage Areas
- Locksmith Reno
- Locksmith Sparks
- Locksmith Washoe Valley
- Locksmith Spanish Springs
- Locksmith northern Nevada
Whether you’re locked out of your home or car, Locksmith 775 is your ideal first call.
We can solve any car lockout or let you inside the house or apartment within 25 minutes of your initial call.
Locksmith 775 knows how it feels to be stranded outside of your car and what a very difficult situation it is to be in, especially at a late hour! Our 24/7 Reno and Sparks mobile services are ideal for any automobile, business, or residential locksmith need. Once you get off the phone with a professional on our dispatch team we can get a technician to your location in just 15-25 minutes, we promise! Getting locked out of your car in Reno shouldn’t take hours resolve, we wholeheartedly believe that. We’ve been in situations where a simple car lockout in Reno took 3 hours after everything was said and done, and no one has time for that, especially in that situation!
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