When you move into a new home, one of the swiftest and easiest ways to boost your home’s security is to re-key your locks. The re-keying process changes the lock tumblers without actually altering the hardware; since there’s no way of knowing who might have had keys to your home, or if they still have those keys, re-keying is an easy way to ensure all those old keys become void and useless. When you buy a used car, the same idea holds true. Re-keying your car’s locks can be a great way to increase your vehicle’s security the same way it does for your home. Of course, this isn’t the only situation in which changing car locks is helpful or necessary. As your Abington auto locksmith team, here’s what you need to know about changing car locks.
Re-Keying for Cars
In older cars especially, it’s pretty common to experience a lock that doesn’t want to turn or holds on to your key. When a lock is harder to use, or it doesn’t work fully, it’s probably time to contact your local Philadelphia auto locksmith for some assistance. As we mentioned above, changing your car locks is essentially the same idea as re-keying the locks on your house. It’s a good way to help increase security, but it can also be necessary during the repair process if you have a lock that sticks or doesn’t turn. Your locks are there to provide security for your car, so any time they don’t function well, they should be repaired or replaced rather than compromise your vehicle’s security. After all, a broken lock means your car is an easier target and, if you can’t actually engage your locks, means there won’t even be signs of forced entry if everything in your car has been stolen. You wouldn’t leave your home unlocked; why do that to your car?
Car Locks and Ignition
There are two major differences between re-keying your home’s locks and changing car locks. First and foremost, think about what else in your vehicle is controlled by your car key. Yes, that’s right. If you have your car’s locks changed, you’ll either need to have your ignition changed to match or have two different keys for your car. Fortunately, an auto locksmith can handle changing your ignition the way we can your locks, so there’s no need to wait hours at the dealership to get that work done.
The other thing your locksmith will be on the lookout for is whether your car key is a basic key or a transponder key. Those electronic key fobs do affect how easy it is to change your locks and ignition. However, the good news is most auto locksmith teams, like Philadelphia Township’s Top Notch Locksmith, can handle repairing or replacing transponder keys, not just the standard non-electronic keys.
If your car locks are sticky or don’t turn, help your car’s security. Contact Top Notch Locksmith today to schedule a lock change in Abington!