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Q: What makes some car and motorcycle keys so expensive to make?
A: Vehicle security like everything else is constantly evolving and becoming more technically sophisticated. Most late model vehicles are equipped with a type of anti-theft system called transponders and keys use an electronic fob. In order to program these types of keys / fobs, locksmiths have to invest in the equipment, training, parts, key code subscriptions and machines.
Q: Is it true you have to go to the dealer to replace or duplicate your car keys?
A: Generally not. Pop-A-Lock Atlanta automotive locksmiths can duplicate 99% of all automotive keys on the market. Dealers will tell their customers this because they want you to go through them. There are some late model automotive keys that we can’t duplicate because the manufacture has not released the key codes to locksmiths. When you call Pop-A-Lock Atlanta, we come to where you are and duplicate your key onsite. You don’t have a towing expense and if you have AAA, you may have benefits that will pay a portion of the cost. Additionally, we provide you with the same warranty as the dealership!
Q: Can a locksmith cut a key from a number?
A: In many cases, keys can be made by a locksmith from the code number of a lock. This is common with vehicles, padlocks, filing cabinets, etc. They cannot be made from VIN numbers.
Q: How can I obtain the key code to my lost car keys?
A: You will only have access to this code if you are the original buyer of the keys. This code is typically written on the original bill of sale which you may have or the car dealership may have it. It’s rare, but the code may be written on the cover of the owner’s manual. So check this as well. If you have the key code, it can save you money when you need to have your lost key duplicated.
Q: Can I buy lock opening tools?
A: No. It is illegal in most states to sell or possess burglary or entry tools.
Q: Why should I use a professional locksmith company?
A: Professionally trained, experienced locksmiths are experts in the lock and physical security industry and are better prepared to solve security issues unique to your situation. Pop-A-Lock Atlanta’s locksmiths are trained in automotive, commercial and residential locksmith services and are ready to assist you.
Q: I am moving into a new home, should I rekey the locks? They seem to be working properly.
A: The answer is YES! Everyone has someone that they trust with their house keys; this does not mean you can trust them. How many neighbors, old baby sitters, realtors, contractors or cleaning people are walking around with a key to your home? Change the locks and then give keys to people you and you alone trust.
Q: What does it mean to re-key my house or business?
A: Re-keying is the process of changing the key configuration of a lock so all existing and/or old keys will no longer work in the lock. People generally have a rekey done if they have lost their keys, want to make sure no old or existing keys will work in the lock, or they want to make sure all the locks in their location use the same key. Rekeying is the cheaper alternative to replacing all of your hardware. To perform the work, all the pins in the lock are changed to fit a new key that we issue to you. Once this process has been done, only the key issued to you will work in the lock.
Q: What is a bump-proof lock?
A: A bump proof lock is a type of high security lock for your home or business that cannot be opened with conventional lock bypass tools. These locks were created because criminals and other illicit individuals were buying bump-keys on the internet and gaining access very easily to most locks. Bump keys will not work on a bump proof lock.
Q: What is a high security lock?
A: A high security lock has a cylinder which offers a greater degree of resistance to any or all of the following: picking, impressioning, key duplication, drilling or other forms of forcible entry.
Q: I have a key marked “Do Not Duplicate.” Can I get a copy of it anyway?
A: Probably. A reputable locksmith like Pop-A-Lock Atlanta will not duplicate a key that is marked “Do Not Duplicate (DND)”. ALOA calls DND keys “not effective security” and “deceptive, because it provides a false sense of security”. If the DND key is unrestricted, the manufacturer has no control over the procedures and technically, it can be duplicated by any locksmith or hardware store.
Q: My key does not insert or withdraw easily or it has difficulty turning.
A: First spray the lock with light penetrating oil (such as WD-40). This oil can be found at most hardware stores, but can even be found at some drug stores and supermarkets. Don’t be afraid to spray too much, but have a paper towel handy to clean up the excess. Spray the oil into the keyhole and onto the bolt mechanism. Move the bolt in and out to allow the oil to penetrate into the lock. Do not take the lock apart if you are not confident you can put it back together.
Q: The lock doesn’t lock and unlock smoothly.
A: After you have tried the above solution, check to see if the lock operates smoothly with the door open. If it does, the problem is not in the lock, but rather in the alignment of the door and frame. Look for obstructions at the threshold and in the door jamb. Also check the door and frame for twists and warps. The door should completely rest against the door stop and stay there. If the door rests at the top or bottom only, then the door or frame is twisted. If the door springs open then the hinges are probably binding. If you have weather stripping on the door, it could be obstructing the path of the door. Keep in mind, wooden doors and frames will warp and swell with temperature changes and metal doors and frames will twist and rust with age.
Q: What is a master key?
A: Master key enables two different and distinct keys to open one lock. Master keying regulates access to specific zones while having one master key that accesses all zones.
The best and easiest way to explain master-keying is to think of a hotel. The general manager has one key that fits everything – all the rooms, store-rooms, offices, etc. The office manager has a key that fits only the offices. The maids have a key that only fit the rooms on the floors that they clean. Then the guest have a key that only fits the room in which they are staying. If one of the guests leaves and takes their key with them, a locksmith can come and invalidate that key and re-key the room to a new key. This will not, however, affect the other keys – unless the locksmith is poorly trained. Or if one of the house-keeping personnel leaves, the doors can be re-keyed to replace that key which will not affect the rest of the keys.
Q: Is there such a thing as a key that can open all locks?
A: No. A “master” key is a key which works many locks. In order for a particular master key to work in a lock, the lock has to be set up to work on that master key. Locks are typically master keyed in hotels, office buildings, and schools. Rest assured that there is no such master key that opens all locks.
Q: What is a restricted key system?
A: A restricted key system prevents the duplication of keys by unauthorized people. The restricted key is only available from the locksmith that installed the system and can only be duplicated by the person who set it up and whom he/she has authorized.
Q: I can install the hardware, why not just buy it at the home center and do it myself?
A: Products typically sold in home stores are residential quality at best, at worst the shelves are stacked with low end products meant to increase profits for the manufacturer and the retailer. High quality goods offer characteristics such as, pick and drill resistance, access control options, protection against the unauthorized duplication of keys.
Q: My landlord gave me the keys why should I get new ones?
A: When was the last time the locks were rekeyed? If you don’t know the answer then you and your company are potentially at risk. Some property management companies in an effort to save money simply swap the locks from one unit to another and have a brand new set of keys made. A previous tenant with some time to kill could simply try his key in each door in the complex until he finds one that works.
Q: Why do I have to wiggle my keys in the lock to make it work?
A: As locks age over time, the pins in a lock cylinder tend to wear down causing your keys to stick and forcing you to “jiggle or wiggle” the key in the lock to make it work. Most likely the keys you were given have probably been copied several times and this, plus pin wear, can cause your lock to degrade.
Q: If my home lock has to be picked, will it damage the lock?
A: Picking the lock to your home or business will not damage the lock. By picking the lock you are simply “decoding” the pattern of your current key and smoothly opening the lock. It is not an easy task and should only be performed by an experienced locksmith who is using the right tools. A good locksmith should also be able to open most padlocks, cabinet locks, trunk locks, fingerprint locks, deadbolts, and any other locking mechanism. Sometimes the lock is damaged or has been tampered with so as to make it impossible to pick. In these instances, the lock will have to be drilled out and a new lock will have to be installed. If you have a high security lock, it will also have to be drilled out.
The Pop-A-Lock reputation has been created on rapidly and professionally solving a customer’s problem. Pop-A-Lock built this reputation with a strong dedication to pride in customer satisfaction and service. No matter what your locksmithing needs may be, Pop-A-Lock can take care of them. Our team of locksmiths are reliable, and will quickly and efficiently solve your lockout predicaments.
There are more than thousands of people just like you have learned to trust Pop-A-Lock for their locksmith and security needs.
Do you have an emergency? Is time of the essence? Then simply call the security professionals at Pop-A-Lock of Atlanta! Our team of professionals at Pop-A-Lock has created a reputation for servicing all of our customers’ needs as quickly and professionally as possible, while also achieving a high level of customer satisfaction. Do you have a lockout situation? Our team of professional locksmiths will respond to you in a timely manner, always. Just call our Atlanta dispatch number at 770-339-1616 or 404-525-4500.
Whether you’re locked out in Atlanta, need new car keys, or want to change the locks on your business, Pop-A-Lock of Atlanta has the team of experts and quick service you can depend on time and time again.
Our customers often just want peace of mind in knowing that their home, car, or business is safe. Pop-A-Lock is dedicated to helping them solve those problems. Pop-A-Lock of Atlanta has created a team of reliable locksmith experts. Our techs are all customer-centric, fast, and more than able to handle the locksmith jobs or lockout situations that come into play.
Pop-A-Lock is able to offer an incredible emergency door unlocking service through our PAL Saves Kids program. If a loved one or child is locked in a vehicle, call Pop-A-Lock of Atlanta. We will make this serious event our priority and pop the lock free of charge.
Pop-A-Lock is very well-known and trusted by thousands of people every day. We never overcharge our customers, always arrive promptly and in a Pop-A-Lock branded vehicle, and are highly trained to be quick and efficient for the task at hand. If you’re in a bind, don’t trust anyone else. Call Pop-A-Lock Atlanta, and we’ll make sure that you’re on your way as soon as possible!
If you need an auto locksmith, a residential locksmith, or any other type of locksmith service, our team of certified locksmiths is ready to handle your locksmith job or lockout situation efficiently.
Whether you’re locked out while playing in the park, need new car keys at your place of business, or want to change the locks on your home, Pop-A-Lock of Atlanta has the proven expertise and friendly service you can depend on time and time again.
So no matter where you are, or what time it is, we can solve all your locking needs!
Full-service Locksmithing- Residential? Automotive? Commercial? We cover all of these services! Pop-A-Lock’s got you covered no matter what locksmithing needs you may have!
Car Locksmithing- It always seems that we get locked out of our vehicle at the worst time possible (as if there is an excellent time to get locked out). Whether it’s Thanksgiving and you locked the turkey in the car, or you’re on your way to work, you can rely on us to be prompt and eager to help. It doesn’t matter if it’s a holiday, late at night, or if you’re in the middle of nowhere, we can serve you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week!
When you look for a locksmith, you want an honest, trustworthy, locally owned business with a reputation for excellence; you get all of that with Pop-A-Lock of Atlanta. There’s just no reason to trust anyone other than the most trusted mobile locksmiths in the country.
The Pop-A-Lock Reputation
Our reputation has been built on rapidly and professionally solving our customers’ problems. We created this reputation on our dedication to pride in customer satisfaction. We have a history of success across the country, the ability to train the best locksmiths in the world, and attention to detail that every customer deserves.
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