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Hiring a Locksmith to Help Protect Your Paperwork

Keeping a copy of all your important paperwork safe in one place is a great way to ensure that you have access to things like proofs of purchases, insurance policies, and even wills. But keeping paperwork in a desk drawer or under the bed is not the safest plan – what if a fire breaks out or someone infiltrates your home and steals all the important stuff? Consider hiring a locksmith to install a fireproof floor safe in a closet of your home or in the basement where all of your important paperwork and investments can be kept. You’ll have instant access to it all when you need it, and it will be safe from theft and destruction when you don’t. You might be surprised at how many ways a locksmith can help keep your property at home safe. Explore the pages here for more information!


Hiring a Locksmith to Help Protect Your Paperwork

Options To Replace Your Car Keys

by Manuel Carmona

If you are like most motor vehicle owners, you have spent hours looking for your car keys over the years. Usually, you find them after tearing off the sofa cushions or digging in yesterday's pants pockets, but sometimes you never find them. They vanish into the same sphere that holds all your lost socks. When that happens, getting a replacement may take a little time and money. Today's car keys are more sophisticated than they used to be, which helps protect your car but makes getting a new one a bit of a hassle. 

Dealer Replacement

The most obvious place to go to get a replacement key is your car dealer. They can probably order up your late model car's key in a matter of minutes. The only real drawback to taking this course of action is the cost. Dealer replacement keys can be quite expensive. Most car keys now carry a transponder that communicates with your car. As a result, only a key that is properly programmed will start your vehicle. Most key fobs also carry buttons to open and shut the vehicle doors. Some newer models have "proximity keys" that allow you to start your car by pressing a button and opening your car by touching the door handle. All of this technology means getting a new key can cost you between $200 to $500 at your dealership. 


Getting your replacement from a locksmith can save you some money. In fact, some locksmiths will charge you as little as half the price that your dealership may. A quality locksmith at a company like One Call Lock & Key will have the same sophisticated equipment that your dealership has, but they do not mark up the price of their service as much. They will also program your key so that it works correctly. Since locksmiths tend to be significantly cheaper, you can afford to get a spare key to keep from being locked out of your vehicle again. 

Although you can also buy replacement keys online, you will have to program those yourself. If you are not technically inclined, you might find that task difficult. Instead, you can either go to your dealer for a replacement or save money by going to a locksmith. In any event, you should have a spare key made at the same time to give you valuable peace of mind. Everyone loses their keys at times, so you can be certain you will misplace a set again in the future.