VW Transporter T5 (not 5.1) compatible remotes are £85 supplied, cut and programmed (until 1 Jan 24). If you lose all keys/remotes it will cost you more to get one done so it’s worth getting a spare if you’ve only got one.
You can choose from a variety of different styles. You can even choose Audi, Bentley, Ford (why would you?) and others.
If you just want a transponder key (chip but no remote) as a back up they are £55. (That compares to about £200 from most dealers).
If you don’t want another key but have simply locked your keys inside, we can help with that too.
We are open every day over the festive period. Nothing will cheer me up more than if you lock your keys (and presents) in your car, or lock yourself out. If you need a locksmith over this period then give us a call.
The disadvantages of just a ‘chipped key’ are the inconvenience compared to remote central locking, and the vehicle many not deadlock (depending on vehicle). Some vehicles such as some Renaults only have a door lock on the passenger side which can be rather annoying after a while. Additionally some vehicles will not arm the alarm unless the remote is used. EU and US vehicles will normally silence an alarm once the key is turned in the ignition. Asian vehicles often will not silence the alarm unless the remote is used.
In the example below the customer’s car only came with 1 transponder key (also known as a chipped key). They wanted a remote. They chose this bright green version. This particular make of remote can be programmed to become several thousand different car remotes.
Domestic safes with electronic keypads will use batteries. These will not last forever. If they go flat or leak the safe will not open. In that case you will either have to use the backup key or battery backup facility, depending on your own particular safe.
If you’ve lost your back up keys, you may need a locksmith to open the safe for you. Check you know where the keys are, and change batteries when the keypad tells you to change them.
We were called to open an electronic safe with these batteries fitted. The override keys had been lost. Can you see anything wrong?
Fire doors with panic bars may have OAD handles/knobs on the outside. This allows the door to also be used an an entrance.
Doors fitted with older OAD such as the Exidor 298 cannot easily be re-keyed if the tenants change or keys are lost. (The 298 is also discontinued and nigh on impossible to find). In the photo above a new style Exidor knobset has been fitted that has an easily replaceable lock cylinder.
Customer had an expensive bike carrier locked to their towbar. All keys lost and it was stuck on the back of the car. The only replacement keys that could be sourced online were in Australia. The customer needed the carrier removed that day before going on a long journey. Unusually this lock used a very thin laser key (cut with grooves down the flat face, as opposed to edge cut).
We soon unlocked the carrier without damage from the tow bar and customer went away happy.
The past 2 months we’ve seen a spike in vehicles with faulty ignition locks. This has varied from keys that won’t even go in the lock, to cars that can’t be started because the key won’t turn. In fact we’ve had more ignition lock problems in the past few weeks than the previous year put together. Normally a difficult to turn ignition lock is down to a worn key but in none of the recent cases was the key the problem.
Most ignition locks have to have the key turned in order that the lock can be removed. If the key won’t turn it will make replacement more difficult.
Some vehicles including Land Rovers and Volvos often have the entire lock housing attached using shear bolts.
Cutomer’s UPVC door had not worked since they moved in several months ago. It had clearly been a problem for years as previous owners had bodged it with old fashioned garden gate bolts.
When you see how broken the gearbox is it’s no wonder the customer was unable to get the door open. For us to open the door required removing the glass, and several other steps. New gearbox now fitted and customer has a fully working door.
Recently a landlord had been told by their managing agent that a jammed door would need a complete replacement door fitting. We were able to open and repair the door for probably 1/10th or less of the price of fitting a complete new one.
If your UPCV door is becoming difficult to lock it will probably only get worse. It may only need correctly aligning. This in turn may prevent the mechanism from breaking – saving you money.