In closing, duplicating a car key for a spare can sometimes be an expense... but having to originate a car key from scratch can be very expensive and takes some time. Inconveniences like lost keys seem to happen when we are in a hurry, and replacing them takes time and does the locksmith know what he's doing anyway? Find a locksmith before you need one and verify his competence with referrals and business references.
Here are some quick tips on auto keys and locks:
- Never shoot graphite into your ignition! Mechanics and locksmiths lubricate the dissembled ignition with a special lubricant; graphite will help temporarily but will cause more problems in a short time.
- Frozen door locks can be fixed with a blow dryer, hot water, or heated key. If you heat your key, use pliers to hold the key!
- Look for a locksmith BEFORE you actually need one. Search diligently for a reliable locksmith with a business license and referrals. Then, put their number in your cell phone or pocket book. Don't call random locksmiths when you really need one; you may be charged unfairly by bad business people preying on your desperation.
- Keep a spare car key at work, home or even in your purse or wallet. A spare car key does not have to be a transponder to work the door and trunk. A regular key will get you into the car to recover your actual transponder key for the ignition.
- Poorly duplicated car keys can ruin your ignition. Make sure your key copy works smoothly and without undue force.