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What You Can Do If Your Car Key Breaks Off in the Ignition
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You finish packing the groceries into the trunk of your car, close the lid and slip behind the wheel to drive home. As you turn the key in the ignition, it promptly snaps off, leaving you holding the top of the key between your trembling fingers – now what? Your mind flashes, thinking about the ice-cream melting all over the floor.
Relax, call a professional locksmith service, they have the team and the tools to help you get back on the road. Here’s everything you need to know about selecting and calling your local locksmith.
Search for Locksmith Services in Your Area
Pull out your phone and search for local locksmiths in your area. Take the top 10 results and scroll to find a licensed and bonded operation that’s closest to your location. It’s vital that you choose a professional, insured service. If the locksmith makes a mistake, then your insurance company won’t pay out for the damage.
Phone the Call-Center and Request a Quote
Call into the offices of your preferred locksmith and speak to a consultant about your issue. The locksmith will ask you for the make and model of your car, and your location. After reviewing your information, they’ll provide you with a quote over the phone for the call-out fee and key extraction from your ignition.
Wait for the Technician
If you’re happy with the quote, they’ll email it to you and dispatch a locksmith to your location before you hang up the phone. Your locksmith should also provide you with an estimated time of arrival on the site. Most professional services have cars on the road, and a locksmith could be around the block from you right now.
Locksmith Arrival, Assessment, and Extraction
When the locksmith arrives, they should offer you a friendly smile and review the issue. Technicians carry specialized extraction tools that allow them to remove the broken key from your ignition in a few minutes.
After removing the broken key, they’ll cut you a new key on site, and send you on your way. However, if you use a laser cut key, it may take a few minutes longer to cut you a copy on site.
Invoicing and Payment
After issuing you with your new key, they’ll send an invoice to your email address for payment. Most mobile locksmiths carry a card machine in their vehicle, and you can pay on the spot. They’ll also give you the option to pay via bank transfer when you get home.
Locksmiths aren’t worried about immediate payment, because they have all of your vehicle and license details, and most companies provide their services in good faith. A professional locksmith should never allow you to pay in cash. It presents a significant risk to their safety and yours.
Wrapping Up – Check for Hidden Charges
Unfortunately, some fly-by-night locksmith services take advantage of your misfortune to charge hidden costs to your invoice. They know you’re desperate and willing to pay whatever they want to get back on the road.
Always ensure you receive a quote beforehand, and review it for any hidden costs before you approve the work.
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Great locksmith service Will call them next time if needed
I should have called them first. Made the mistake of using TaskRabbit to install a door knob lock. He took about 45 minutes to install but it turns out the lock was not secured. I locked myself in and couldn’t get out of my place. Called this locksmith who was very quick in response, great communication and was able to install within 20 minutes. Highly recommend this locksmith and will encourage anyone I know to use them.
Fast, professional, friendly and most of all honest!!Manol came out to my house and got down to business. He fixed my locked ignition cylinder in no time. I was able to meet him during my lunch break and still had time to eat. Pricing is reasonable as well. I will recommend him and will call him back if I need a locksmiths. Thank you Manol!!