Non transponder car keys and your VIN. This will save you money!

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Did you know that if your car uses a Standard key, (Meaning it does not use a computer chip (transponder) key or programming) then 1 Able Locksmith can save you a lot of money if you have lost your key here in Citrus County, FL. We get several calls a week from people who own vehicles that do not use the transponder system. Although we would love to have their business, we send them to the dealership. It is our policy to save our customers money and we will not charge them to make a key that they could get much cheaper elsewhere. Let me explain.

When a vehicle is manufactured, it is given a number. This number is known as a Vehicle Identification Number or VIN. The VIN is located on the drivers side dash and can be viewed from the outside of the vehicle through the front drivers windshield of the vehicle. It is also on your title and registration. The information that is contained within the VIN can be very valuable to the owner of the vehicle if they have lost their car keys because it contains the Key Code for their vehicle along with other important information concerning the vehicle. A dealership can type the VIN in their computer and give the owner ( free of charge)  this information, as it belongs to them as the owner of the vehicle. The dealership will ask for the registration and drivers license to determine ownership. Once ownership is established, the owner should request what is known as a Key Code. We suggest you write this code in your owners manual or keep it somewhere with the vehicles other important papers as this information can save the owner a lot of time and money should they lose the key to their vehicle. But wait, it gets better!

If a vehicle owner looses the key to their vehicle, the dealership can also cut a key on the spot for much cheaper than a local locksmith can as there is no service fee or time spent to determine the code or cuts of the key manually. What would otherwise cost the owner $125.00 and up from a local locksmith, the dealership will usually charge between $5.00- $12.00.

It’s one more way our customers save time and money!
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Find the year your vehicle was made by using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Every vehicle manufactured is given a number that is specific to that vehicle. This number is called a Vehicle Identification Number or VIN and is found on your vehicle title, registration and also a small metal tag which can be viewed through the drivers side windshield on the dash. This number allows service technicians to find important information regarding your vehicle. The chart below shows how to determine the year the vehicle was manufactured.
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The tenth letter or number in your VIN gives the year as follows:

1996=T      2007= 7

1997=V      2008=8

1998=W      2009=9

1999= X      2010= A

2000= Y      2011=B

2001= 1      2012= C

2002= 2      2013= D

2003= 3      2014= E

2004= 4      2015= F

2005= 5      2016= G

2006= 6      2017= H

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Citrus County Sheriff reporting increase in Daytime Burlgaries

Home Invasion in Citrus County

Home Invasions

This warning was posted on Facebook from the Citrus County Sheriffs office

BEWARE OF RESIDENTIAL BURLGARIES: Over the past few weeks our county along with surrounding counties like Marion and Levy, have been experiencing a series of residential daytime burglaries. Doors have been forced open, and jewelry, medicine and handguns have been taken. Please secure your valuables, and report any suspicious persons who may knock on your door “looking for someone” who does not reside there, or solicitors without marked vehicles with company identification. In addition, report any suspicious vehicles in your neighborhood to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. All of these incidents have been occurring during the daytime hours so please make sure you watch out for your neighbors’ homes if they are away. If you have any questions you can contact Detective Serocki at 352-422-0518. Thank you.

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Is my Car involved in a recall?

So your car is acting up and your mechanic has just told you that the problem is a common one for that vehicle’s year and model. Now there is a quick simple way to check to see if your vehicle is involved in a recall.

The website is called safercar.gov and is sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA. The new website lets you search for recalls just by typing in your vehicle identification number or VIN. This number is found on your title or vehicle registration or is visible through the windshield of your vehicle on the drivers side dash.

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Safe Manufacturers Customer Support Info

Safes

Safes, Lock Boxes and Vaults

We get several calls a week asking us to drill or open someone’s safe. Because keys can get lost and combinations forgotten, we have compiled this list of customer service numbers for some of the most common safes used in residential and commercial applications today.

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4801 Esco Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76140

877-948-6723 or 469-735-4901

Sentry Safes

https://www.sentrysafe.com/ContactUs/Call_Or_Email_Us

Phone: 800-828-1438
Fax: 585-381-2940

Liberty Safe and Security Products, Inc.
1199 West Utah Avenue
Payson, Utah 84651

1-800-247-5625

Honeywell Safes

Consumer Assistance Dept.
LH Licensed Products, Inc.
860 East Sandhill Avenue
Carson, CA 90746 USA

877-354-5457

American Security Products Co.
11925 Pacific Ave.
Fontana CA 92337
951-685-9680

Fax: 951-685-9685

Cannon Safe

6680 Surrey Street
Las Vegas NV 89115

800 222-1055

First Alert Safes
3901 Liberty Street
Aurora, IL 60504

800-323-9005

Mesa Safe Company

337 W. Freedom Ave.
Orange, CA 92865

Phone: 800-490-5624
Fax: 714-627-4016

www.mesasafe.com/technical-support/

Gardall Safes

http:www.gardall.com

Phone: 800-722-7233

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Kids Left In Hot Cars, Not A Good Plan!

We posted a video a while back concerning kids left in hot cars and placed it on our website in an effort to bring this problem to parents attention. We get several calls a month from parents with a child locked in their vehicle. These calls are an emergency situation for the child, parent and for us and we give those calls our top priority. This is a serious mistake that can and has cost children their lives, as you can see from the recent news report video below. We are fortunate here in Citrus County to have not lost a child due to vehicular heatstroke, but the reality is it continues to be an issue.
Please help stop these senseless deaths. Pass these videos on and visit Safe Kids Tips & Prevention to increase awareness of the dangers of leaving kids in hot cars!

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Kids Left in Hot cars

Baby found dead in hot car

Dont Let this happen to your child!

The danger that faces a child locked in a hot vehicle is very real here in sunny Florida. Every 10 days a child dies from vehicular heatstroke nationwide. Temperatures inside a vehicle can easily reach over 160 degrees or higher on a hot summer day. It can take as little as 15 minutes for a child left in an overheated car to suffer life-threatening brain injury, kidney injuries or death.
Children left in these temperatures are not the only ones who suffer from vehicular heatstroke, your pets can suffer the same fate if left in this type of situation. It takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation. Even when the outside air temperature is in the 60s, temperatures inside some vehicles can reach dangerous temperatures on bright, sunny days. So many experts recommend not leaving pets in parked cars even for short periods if the temperature is in the 60s or higher. Rolling down a window or parking in the shade does not guarantee protection either, since temperatures can still climb. Animals are not able to sweat like humans. Dogs cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws. If they have only overheated air to breathe, animals can collapse, suffer brain damage and possibly die of heatstroke. Less than 15 minutes can be enough for an animal’s body temperature to climb from a normal 102.5 to deadly levels that will damage the nervous and cardiovascular systems, often leaving the animal comatose, dehydrated and at risk of permanent impairment or death.
We receive several calls per month of a child or pet locked in the car. The Department of Highway Safety, last summer, put on a public service campaign entitled “Look before you lock”. You can find tips and helpful information about this campaign by visiting http://www.safercar.gov/parents/heat-involved.htm.
We know this video can be disturbing but, it is not as disturbing as not being aware, costing the life of a child!

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Battenfield Technologies Recalls 3 digit locking handgun vaults

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Recalled handgun safe

Battenfield Handgun Safe

Battenfield Technologies Recalls 3 digit locking handgun vaults due to faulty locking mechanism.

If you own one of these gun vaults you may obtain more information by following the link below.

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Battenfeld-Technologies-Recalls-Three-Digit-Combination-Locking-Handgun-Vaults/

This recall includes compact and large handgun security vaults. The lock can fail allowing unintended access to weapons.

Contact Battenfeld Technologies Inc., toll free at (877) 509-9160 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.lockdownvaults.com and click on “Product Recall.”

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GM Recalls Midsize SUV’s for door lock issues

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GM 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazers

GM Recalls 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazers

It has come to our attention that GM is recalling 249,269 midsize SUV’s sold in 20 states. The states involved in the recall are those states considered to be in the “salt belt”.  Even though Florida is not one of the states specifically involved in the recall, we here in Citrus county have many residents who live here on a part time basis, or have traveled here and have purchased their vehicles from one of the states involved.

According to GM, the recall covers 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL, as well as 2006-2007 Trailblazers, Envoy, Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7x and Isuzu Ascender sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia are all part of this recall.

GM has said that fluid can get inside the drivers door module and cause corrosion that can cause a short in the circuit boards and potentially cause a fire. Some reports indicate that fires have started from this problem while the vehicle is keyed off and unattended.

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