We get a lot of calls from people who have lost their car keys and need to have a new key made. Some of our customers save money by using our service but many times we direct them to the local dealerships. Here’s why. If your vehicle uses a standard key, meaning there is no computer chip in it, then your vehicles VIN, when entered into the dealerships computer, will tell the dealer the cuts of the key. This information is free to the vehicle owner and the dealership can cut a key from the VIN much cheaper. You will need your vehicle registration and your ID to prove you own the vehicle when you go to the dealership, but this is a good way to save a lot of money. This works for older model cars that don’t use a transponder key and don’t require programming. If you are unsure what type of key your vehicle uses, you can check your vehicle’s year, make and model on our blog. Just click the page that pertains to your vehicle.
If your vehicle uses a transponder or high security key it will probably be cheaper to go with an automotive locksmith, as anyone making the key will need to be at the vehicle to program this type of key. This means an extra towing bill to get it to a dealership, but a good automotive locksmith can come to your vehicle and that saves you money. The dealership can still help save you money by providing the “Pin Code” and the “Key Code” from the VIN. We encourage you to obtain these codes and write them in your vehicles owners manual. This information is free from the dealership to the owner of the vehicle, but costs a locksmith a lot of money to obtain. Knowing your Codes will save you both time and money in the event you need to call a locksmith to make and program a new key.
We have received 2 calls in the past two days from people here in Citrus county who have been broken into and robbed. First, a business in Hernando and then a residence in Floral City. Both happened at night and both times gates or the door were forced open. Might be a great time to think about installing an extra deadbolt on your doors to keep forced entry from becoming a quick way into your home or office.
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!