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It's happened to all of us - we lock our keys in the car and need to get them out as quickly as possible. So, we search for a reputable locksmith in our area, and call one up to open the car and cut us a spare key so it won't happen again.

What many people don't realize is that there are a lot of rogue auto locksmiths out there who will take advantage of unsuspecting vehicle owners. They may charge more than what you initially agreed to, or they may even damage your car while trying to get into it. So, before you hire a locksmith, be sure to do your research and ask around for recommendations. Licensed and insured professionals will usually offer a fair price for their services, and you can rest assured that they won't damage your car in any way.

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If you're having a new key cut it's not always wise to simply choose the cheapest #keyword# and doing research into the average price of a new key for your vehicle is advisable .

The darker side of cheap car key cutting and programming

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Car owners and motorists are always on the lookout for a bargain, and car showrooms and auto locksmiths know this. Getting a new key cut for your vehicle can be expensive, so car showrooms and auto locksmiths often offer discounts for multiple keys or for car owners who get their keys Cut from them. Criminals also know this and will target unsuspecting vehicle owners

This can be a serious problem for car owners and motorists, as it can lead to their car being stolen. To protect yourself from this, make sure you only use reputable car showrooms and auto locksmiths to get your car keys cut. If you're not sure, ask around for recommendations or check online reviews and websites.

The cost of getting a new car key cut and programmed so it will work with your vehicle can vary quite significantly. Independent locksmiths are usually much cheaper than showrooms or major dealers. But what about flyers on lamp-posts or in shop windows offering car key cutting and programming for significantly less than the nearest rival... should you take them up of their offer? And will the key work as promised?

Yes the key will work just fine because these rogue auto locksmiths will be using the same machine and software as a genuine auto locksmiths but beware, you might get out of bed a few days or weeks after you have had a new key cut and find your vehicle has been stolen especially if you drive a high, expensive car.

Most of the time the criminals will sell their cut and programmed keys at a loss just to get your business and get a spare key for themselves at the same time which is then sold onto a car thief.

How to avoid these criminals and stop your car being stolen

It's actually quite easy to avoid these criminals. If you see a price that's too good to be true then it probably is. Auto locksmiths typically get there blanks for the same supplier and have to work out their overheads their costs etc so they can make a decent profit. If you see someone selling the same programmed key for a faction of the cost of everyone else then its best to avoid them.

These criminal won't have a website and won't be traceable, so if you booked an auto locksmith that you saw on a flyer stuck to a lamp post, phone box or shop window with just a mobile number to call then its your own fault if you get your car stolen.

After a few weeks duplicating keys are various vehicles their untraceable pay as you go mobile will be dumped and you'll be left trying to explain to your insurance company how your high end vehicle with immobiliser and alarm simply vanished off your drive.