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Unlocking the Transponder Key Mystery

The mystery behind modern automotive keying technology has many drivers confused. Auto dealerships would lead everyone to believe that the transponder key, due to the need for a special chip, must be ordered through the manufacturer. A key, which is perfectly cut to fit in the ignition, will never function correctly without the sanctioned chip. Sophisticated “custom accessories” must be shipped directly from the factory and are only available through dealerships. This new key is not really a key according to dealers, it has a customized chip and is now a computing device. We are actually looking at the device, bewildered as to why it looks more like a “key” and less like a laptop. Whatever we do they would not recommend we call a locksmith because the new sophisticated keying mechanism are factor unique and specific.

Who Better to Pick the Locks and Keys than Locksmiths?

Last week the locksmith came and replaced all of the locks on every door at the dealership and he was treated like a world class surgeon. A customer inquires about replacing a transponder key and suddenly they are depicting the highly acclaimed locking-device genius as a buffalo-head wearing, witch-doctor. Who should make that call? Do we allow the car guys to choose or the locksmith to pick the locks and keys he is able to replace or repair?

Authorized Repair Logic:

Proclaiming that nothing will operate efficiently without being installed, replaced, or repaired by authorized technicians, eliminates all competition. A fitting analogy would be, during the time we are born, since our mother or father could be considered the “factory” which produced us, we must use them exclusively for all repairs or replacements. Thanksgiving dinner might be the time to have dad carve the turkey and maybe take out the tonsils, while he was at it. Mother’s day would be a great time to get everyone together for dinner and have mom remove a cyst, afterwards dad could conduct a vision test and order a new prescription for glasses. It sounds ridiculous but the logic is a precise match.

Key Facts:

When the word “key” is allowed to be naturally processed in the mind, associated words such as “lock” and “locksmith” are normally the first options. If the computerized key is considered the “brain” of the car, wouldn’t it be wiser to find a neurosurgeon to due the cutting as opposed to a general practitioner? Locksmiths are the highly skilled specialists of the key world, it is that simple. Brain surgeon prices are normally much higher than a visit to the family doctor. In the instance of replacing a transponder key, choosing a locksmith as opposed to the dealership, is normally just the opposite. Locksmiths are key and lock doctors, period.

Cutting Through the “Fog” on the Windshield:

When it comes to “fog”, it is without question the world’s most plentiful resource. There is no way to keep moving forward in life without clearing the windshield. If a lock breaks on the front door of a home, a door sales company would probably recommend replacing the door. Fog starts rising, as logic is covered by the thick cloud…”why spend money on just replacing the lock, when you will need a new door eventually?” Once again we use the word “lock”. If the phrase “being ripped off by a door salesman” comes up, then the fog detector is working. It is that same cloud cover which is being used for windshield replacement and transponder keys, to create the misconception that dealer specific repairs or replacements are necessary. Locksmiths are exactly like the windshield replacement companies which travel directly to the car to compete the job. Precise keying is what the highly skilled locksmith does best. Computerized chip keys are still considered “keys”, first and foremost.

Unlocking the Differences:

With computerized keys defined as “keys” and “custom accessories”, determined as a phrase designed to charge more money, the options are clear. Many mysteries of the world are solved by unlocking myths and misconceptions. Selecting a locksmith for replacing or repairing transponder keys has the following advantages:

locksmith travel to the car

no tow fees

no specialized “restocking” or “factory expediting” charges

no need for alternate source if physical key needs shaping/cutting

cost of replacing/repairing keys usually much less

When it comes to keys of any type, locksmiths are usually the right choice. Regardless of the hype, the key is to make locksmiths the first choice.

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Mobile Locksmith

If you get out in the middle of the night only to realize that you have been locked out of your home, you know what a frustration it can be. If you don’t have some spare keys with your neighbor, your next source of help will be a mobile locksmith. But before you make that call, you should understand that not all locksmiths who advertise in your local white pages are trained. Some may not have a local presence at all. Some of these locksmiths may use unprofessional tactics so as to overcharge you. Here are tips to help you pick a professional mobile locksmith.

1. Ask friends or family for recommendation

Quite a number of your friends or family who has used the services of a mobile locksmith will have a recommendation to make. By talking to a few of them, you can save yourself of time and agony of having to look for a professional locksmith. You can come up with a few names that have been recommended by your friends, then choosing one from among them.

2. Ask for proof of credentials before hiring a mobile locksmith

You should never hire a locksmith before asking for his or her credentials. Among the ways of doing this is through the Better Business bureau and the licensing board in your state. You can minimize your risks by seeking the help of a credentialed locksmith.

3. Check with your local chapter of the Better Business Bureau

You should check if there are complaints that have been filed against a professional locksmith that you are interested to work with. It’s quite common to have a few complaints with any establishment, but it is of importance to know what the complaint was and how it has been sorted out.

4. Insurance and bonding

You have to ensure that the mobile locksmith that you are hiring is not only bonded, but also insured. While insurance protects your property against damage when the locksmith is working, bonding safeguards you against poor quality of workmanship from the mobile locksmith. The employees of the locksmith should have adequate employee compensation. However, you don’t just have to accept written or verbal responses about the locksmith having adequate insurance coverage. It’s much better if you go a step further and confirm with the company which they are insured with.

5. Ask for identifications

Ask the technicians to provide you with their work identifications. You should also provide them with yours if they ask because they will want to make sure that it’s your door which they are unlocking.

6.24 hour service

You will never know when you will require the help of a locksmith, so looking for one that’s available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week is the right thing to do. Lock problems do not just happen during normal working hours, but also in the wee hours of the night.

7. Affordable costs

You have to understand the pricing model that the mobile locksmith is adopting. For instance, there are those who bill their clients on a per hour basis while others charge a fixed fee for their services. You have to ask two or three locksmiths for a free no obligation quote and determine who among them is affordable. However, you have to exercise some caution because the service provider that charge the lowest amount may not always be the best. There is an old adage that says that you get what you pay for, so you don’t always have to give preference to the least expensive service provider.

8. Range of service

It’s much better working with a locksmith who offers a wide range of services. Some of these tasks are lock repairs, lock picking, installation and many more. It doesn’t help having a locksmith who is a specialist because this may not help you when you require quick help. You cannot be sure if your lock will need to be picked, repaired or if it will require any other service.

After you have found the best mobile locksmith, ensure that you save the company’s name and its contact information in your mobile telephone or wallet. This can help save you unnecessary trouble whenever you need their services. With the long list of able and reputable locksmiths, you can find the best provided that you know where to look.

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How to Avoid Getting Scammed by a Dishonest Locksmith

You’re locked out of your car and you’re late for work.  You have a big meeting today, and it’s very important that you’re on time.  You whip out your phone, call the first locksmith you find and get a quote.  The locksmith shows up, knows you’re in a bind, and increases the price, there on the spot.  What are you going to do?  Your choices are either pay the larger fee and be on time, or send them on their way and hire another.  Unfortunately, in this case you’ll almost never hire another.

Most locksmiths are honest.  Unfortunately, there are a few around town that are not.  These exist in every city around the country, and there isn’t a lot that can be done if you wait until it’s too late.  The first thing you should do is find a locksmith that you trust and put that locksmith in your phone book.  If you want to call ahead of time and get a feel for the locksmith before you do it, this would be a great way to understand how your preferred locksmith operates.

Check out the reviews on sites like Yelp, Google Plus, Facebook, and other notable sites.  You’ll see that we have five star reviews on Yelp if you click the link.

If you haven’t yet put someone in your phone book and you’re in a bind, ask if there are any possibilities that the fee that’s quoted will be different when the locksmith arrives.  Get all of the details up front, and provide as much detail as you can.  The “Bait and switch” method won’t work if you’re careful and get all of the fees up front. Many times there is a situation that may pop up that a consumer would call a hidden fee or a bait and switch, but they just didn’t provide all of the details beforehand.

The companies that are scams will not tell you the total price.  They will say something along the lines of “$X and up.”

They will tell you that they cannot quote you an exact amount because everything is a different situation, and the technician will be the best person to give an exact amount.  If this is the case, ask to speak to the technician.  This can be varied in one form or another.  If you do speak to the technician and it truly is a unique situation, they can at least give you the hourly fee that they would charge to get in.

Hopefully, you’ll avoid getting scammed by these tips.  If you’re looking for an honest, reliable locksmith to put in your phone today, we encourage you to add (541)357-0065 to your phone book today to avoid any unnecessary grief when you’re locked out.


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Should I get a Security Camera In My House?

Are you one of the many people that think a security camera is just a neat toy?  Think again!  There are many reasons why you might want to get a camera in your house, but you’ll want to make sure you’ve secured it first, more on that later.

The first, and most obvious reason, is for break-ins.  There have been many documented break-ins where the robber has been caught because they broke in, didn’t see the camera, and got away… until the authorities saw the footage, like the video here:

There are many different types of security cameras, like the Dropcam Pro or the Canary All-in-One Home Security Device. Granted, they are around $200 or more, but if you caught a burglary, it would pay for itself instantly, plus some insurance companies even give a discount if you have one!

Here’s the thing though: there are more than likely more bad people that you actually LET into your house than will break into it to begin with.  There are many examples, but the horrifying stories of babysitters beating small children is just one of the ways a security camera could potentially be a lifesaver.

A lot of people get a security camera to monitor their pets.  It’s quite common to want to make sure that the cats and dogs are OK throughout the day, make sure they aren’t tearing up the furniture, and are in overall good health while you’re away.

The big thing to make sure you’re taking care of is the security of the camera.  They, like many other internet connected devices, come loaded with a default username and password.  Sadly, many people don’t understand the vulnerability that lies with this, and they leave these unchanged, giving access to anyone on the internet to look and see if you’re home, making it easy to break in and know exactly where to avoid looking at a camera.  So it’s either a security risk, or a privacy risk, as you can see into people’s homes while they are there as well.

The good news, though, is that it’s easy to follow the instructions that come with these devices, and as long as you’re conscious of the security section of the documentation, you’ll be safe.

Of course, none of this matters if you don’t have good home security to begin with.  The first step is to call and have us take a look at your home security strategy, from the quality of your door locks to your windows, by calling us at 541-357-0065.



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How to Make Your Front Door More Secure

Door Security

The first step in securing your front door is a heavy duty deadbolt.  A deadbolt is a low cost, high value key to your home security plan.  You’ll want to make sure it’s a grade 1 security rating, and you’ll want to make sure it’s secured to the frame properly.

A strike box is a great second step.  A strike box toughens up the door by replacing the structure with one that includes a metal pocket, over-sized plates, and a solid connection to the stud.  This can be a complex process to do on your own, but a trained locksmith will be able to do this quickly.

By adding a reinforcer plate, you can harden the security of your door.  A reinforcer plate is a three sided metal plate that encases the door around the locks.  In order to select the proper size, you’ll need to measure the door thickness, the handset and deadbolt diameter, and the distance between the edge and the center of your locks.  Again, this can be tricky, but to a trained locksmith is an easy fix.

Re-keying your locks is a really good idea if you’re moving into your home, as you don’t know who’s had keys before you.  There is no point in throwing away a perfectly good lock, when all you have to do is get a locksmith out to your home for a quick lock rekeying.

Lastly, some sort of monitoring system is always advisable, whether it’s a security camera or even something as simple as a peep hole.  By getting this monitoring system, you’ll be able to decide whether or not to answer your door in the first place.


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