Not many people talk to their local auto locksmith very often.

This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s a good thing – that’s a sign that you don’t find yourself in car key trouble very often!

Of course, the problem with this is that as a result, there’s a lot of ignorance or just plain misinformation floating around!

Our auto locksmiths in Cheltenham attend a lot of car key emergencies. We get a lot of recurring questions about our work – we were barely able to scratch the surface last time.

To help you out, here are a couple more!auto locksmith faq

Will any auto locksmith do?

No, because not all self-proclaimed auto locksmiths are worthy of your trust!

It’s natural to feel desperate when you’re stranded on the side of the road. Many scammers prey upon this desperation, taking it as an opportunity to pull
a fast one on you.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t to your due diligence first.

Luckily, there are a couple of things you can do to avoid scams:

  • Always ask for their licenses and memberships
  • Ask for a written quote first
  • Avoid cash-only locksmiths
  • Check reviews and feedback
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Can I get away with DIY lockpicking?

While Hollywood might make it look easy, the truth is that DIY shouldn’t ever enter your mind.

The reason is simple: many of the “classic” lockpicking techniques don’t work nowadays!

Take transponder keys for example.

Unless the transponder chip in your keys matches the code assigned to your lock, you won’t get in. Not to mention, modern locks are much tougher to pick,
often requiring special hand tools which you won’t have access to.

The very first thing your auto locksmith learns is how to unlock car locks. We keep on top of developments in car locks, meaning we can get you in, regardless
of what make or model you drive.


Can auto locksmiths cuts new keys without the original?


More important than that however is our ability to cut replacement keys for you on-the-spot… without the original if needed!

We’ve talked before about our ability to cut keys from scratch (if you missed it, you can get caught up here).

Long story short however, each car comes with a unique ID number. Using our database, we can figure out exactly how your keys are shaped, and can cut a
copy right there and then!


Can an auto locksmith help out with ignition issues?

Of course!

You don’t always have to go to a dealership for ignition issues – depending on the nature of the issue, an auto locksmith might be able to take care of
it for you.

Case in point: situations where the wafers inside the ignition chamber are worn. An auto locksmith can disassemble your entire ignition for you.

From there, we can replace worn wafers, fix jams or rekey your ignition for you.


Can auto locksmiths deal with my luxury car?

In our experience, luxury vehicle brands tend to be a tad different when it comes to their locking systems.

However, that doesn’t mean your auto locksmith can’t get you back in!

While the details may differ, the core principles are often the same. At Galmier Locksmiths, we can get you back on the road, and that includes luxury vehicles:

  • BMW
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Lexus
  • Volkswagen
  • Porsche
  • Audi

Whether you have lost or broken your luxury car keys or locks, your auto locksmith can help out. We’re blind to model and make – if it involves keys or
locks, we can fix it!


What’s the “best” time to call an auto locksmith?

We know that car key emergencies can happen at any time of day. It’d just be wrong for us to only operate during business hours – you’d be left stranded!

At Galmier Locksmiths, our emergency locksmith service guarantees a speedy
response, even after-hours. Call us after hours if you need urgent support.

Our emergency service also extends to the weekends.

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Dealing with a key or lock emergency?

Get in touch with an auto locksmith in Cheltenham

Need a replacement for a damaged or lost key?

Locked yourself out?

Facing ignition cylinder problems?

Galmier Locksmiths’ experienced auto locksmiths in Cheltenham are ready to help! We’re constantly on the road in Melbourne’s southeast, from St Kilda to
Seaford and everything in-between.

Contact our team today on 0407 022 234 or save our number just in case you need an auto locksmith soon!