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Latest COVID 19 Update


After the recent easing of lockdown we are now responding to all situations.

  • Replacing car keys
  • Car opening
  • Broken key extraction
  • spare keys

However we will be still operating a strict 2 metre distance policy to keep our customers and engineers safe.

Lets look forward to hopefully getting back to some kind of normality.

Stay safe and control the virus

Thank you NHS and all the key workers

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Coronavirus COVID 19

A message to our customers and using our services during this time.

We hope you are all keeping safe at this very difficult time.

Please note: During this time we are only available to come out to you in an emergency situation.

Examples of this are ………

  • You have a child or animal locked in your vehicle
  • You are a key worker and you have locked your keys in your vehicle or you have lost them and do not have a spare.
  • You need to buy food and you have lost your car keys.
  • You need to drive to an elderly relative because you have caring responsibilities and need a new key programmed because it is lost or locked your keys in your vehicle by mistake and need to get it opened.

Unfortunately we are not able to respond to non emergency situations at this.

If we are able to respond we will be carrying pout a strict distancing policy as per government guidance

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Duplicate Car keys

We have new equipment that can now clone your car key, remotes and transponder key from your original at a fraction of previous prices.
We can make keys and remotes for any makes and models from Ford to Range Rover.
So if your car key is damaged and does not work or you need a spare we can make a new one at the roadside at a reasonable cost.
Ring anytime for a quote on 07894009265

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Car Keys

Three keys in one

Most car keys are actually three keys in one.

  • A mechanical key to release the steering lock.
  • A coded ‘electronic transponder chip’ read by the car when the key is inserted into the ignition.
  • A remote control to unlock doors and turn off the alarm.

These keys are secure but can be expensive and time-consuming to replace if lost or broken.

For greater convenience, many cars have done away with the mechanical key altogether and offer remote keyless entry and remote keyless ignition.

All you have to do is have the ‘key’ in close proximity in a pocket or bag and the car uses sensors to automatically ‘talk’ to the key.

  • Cars with keyless entry may be more vulnerable to theft.
  • Gangs have been known to follow the owner and use an electronic device to extend the range of the key so an accomplice near the car can use another electronic device to receive the signal and unlock the vehicle.

If you’re concerned that your car may be at risk, you can protect it by keeping your key in a radio frequency blocking (RFID secure) pouch or wallet.

Transponder keys

Electronic, coded ‘transponder’ chips embedded in the plastic body of the key were introduced in 1995.

  • The chip is passive, so it doesn’t need a battery, and the code is read when you turn the key in the ignition.
  • If the transponder chip is broken or missing, the engine won’t start and the immobiliser’s control unit will have to be reprogrammed when you get a new key.

Remote controls

Some use infrared but most remote controls use a radio transmitter to send a coded signal to a receiver on the car.

  • The operating frequency (418Mhz or 433.92Mhz) is close to those used by some communications networks, radio amateurs and other common applications.
  • Interference can sometimes occur, preventing you from unlocking the car.
  • Modern cars are less likely to suffer from radio interference but the problem remains for older cars, particularly those built before 1995.

Car thieves may also exploit this issue by using a jammer – a radio transmitter – to block the signal from your remote control when you try to lock your car. Always check your car’s locked rather than assuming the button worked.

If the remote doesn’t work

  • Check that the battery in the key isn’t flat.
  • If you suspect radio interference, try using the remote control closer to your vehicle.
  • In extreme cases, AA patrols have towed cars away from interference, so the remote can work.
  • Cars with remote central locking should have a bypass system using the normal metal key to unlock the doors without setting the alarm off. This ‘auxiliary entry’ system will be explained in your handbook. Source AA
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Stolen Car Keys

Car theft facts

Frustrated car thieves are turning their attention to stealing car keys rather than tackling sophisticated security devices on vehicles, the RAC Foundation reported today.

  • Some gangs around the country are now staging housebreakings in a deliberate attempt to get at car keys.
  • Last week 100 police raided 14 addresses across London, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire to arrest 10 car thief suspects.
  • This gang targets Mercedes, BMWs and Porsches parked on the drives of suburban houses from Nottingham to Barnet in north-west London.
  • One police operation has recovered 23 cars valued at more than £500,000 in the past few months.
  • In the past two years cars valued at more than £40 million have been stolen in the Home Counties following burglaries.
  • The demand for top-of-the-range cars in the Third World is thought to be fuelling this increase.
  • In West Yorkshire, police have been urging drivers to take car keys to bed with them following the disappearance of 720 vehicles stolen between October and December last year after a spate of sneak-in burglaries.
  • The crime is not new – in 2001 thieves who took keys during night-time household raids stole cars valued at £5 million over a six-month period in Belfast.
  • According to a survey carried out for the BBC in Scotland last year, more than three-quarters of people interviewed said they did not believe that police would be able to catch those responsible for housebreakings or car theft.
  • Three Liverpool teenagers were recently sentenced for their role in a series of “hooking” thefts – a crime first identified by the RAC Foundation four years ago – where wire, cane or fishing rods are fed through windows or letterboxes to retrieve keys hanging close by. Source Online Mail article
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Ultra Low Emission Zone in London

The London Ultra Low Emission Zone

Did you know ULEZ launch in two phases and new LEZ standards

from 8 April 2019 if you drive any petrol or diesel vehicle including cars, motorcycles and vans within the Congestion Charge area in central London your vehicle will need to meet new, tighter exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or you will need to pay a daily charge to travel within the area of the ULEZ.

 

Check out if your vehicle complies here

From 25 October 2021, the ULEZ area will be expanded to include the inner London area bounded by the North and South Circular Roads.

Find out more about the Clean Air Action Plan.

 

 

 

 

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Replacement Keys for Fiat and Citroen

We recently had to make new keys for two vans a Fiat Fiorino and a Citroen Nemo. Both customers were quoted very high prices by main dealers and were turned down by many locksmiths. Both of these vans immobilisers are based on Fiat 500 and require very specific equipment. Fortunately we carry this latest equipment and software so was able to complete both jobs and make new keys for both of these vehicles for a very competitive price.

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Retrieval of a Security Code for a Peugeot

A recent customer of ours had purchased a Peugeot 308 and within two days lost the key! She was told by a main Peugeot dealer that they would not give her a new key or any security information without a log book which she did not have as she had only just purchased the car.

After checking her ID and confirmed she was the owner we were able to extract her security code and key number to make a new key. In this situation we do not charge any extra for retrieving the code as we consider this part of our service.

We can provide this service for most makes of cars including Vauxhall Astra J, Fiat 500 and the new Ford KA. Many car locksmith companies do not have the latest equipment to get codes for these makes in particular but our software has been updated recently.

 

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What is a Transponder Key?

A transponder chip disarms a vehicle immobiliser when the car key is used to start the engine. The majority of keys to cars built after 1995 contain transponder chips.

When the car key is turned in the ignition, the engine control unit (ECU) on the car sends an electronic message to the key, and it will allow the car to start only provided it receives the correct message back. So even for a simple car key without any buttons, the key must be cut correctly to turn the locks and also programmed correctly to disarm the immobiliser. Car keys with chips can be programmed by special programmers.

The car-auto locksmith company can programme many makes and models of vehicles. We update our equipment regularly so we can programme transponder keys, remotes and key cards to new models of vehicles.

 

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Vehicle Thefts Rise Again

Have you ever left your car keys with a stranger? Two in five have as vehicle thefts rise again and experts warn of key cloning conmen.
• Is carelessness to blame for the rise? Key cloning more prevalent than ever
• Some 43% said they have left keys with an unknown mechanic or valet
• Just 11% admitted they’d hand their house keys to a complete stranger
• Thieves left with car and key can clone the key and steal the vehicle later
• Older drivers are less concerned about car security, says AXA study
More than two in five motorists have put their car at risk of theft by leaving their keys with a stranger – even as experts warn of key-cloning conmen.
According to a new survey, 43 per cent of drivers ‘don’t appear to think twice’ about handing over their car keys at a garage, airport parking,  car-wash or valet, or at a hotel or restaurant. That four times as many who would do the same with their house keys.
But a spate of key cloning thefts should make them think twice.
(Sourced from This is Money website)
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