We here at 1 Able Locksmith are always looking for ways to save our customers money. We use ADT and now we have partnered with ADT to bring our customers savings on ADT Home security systems. Click the link below to receive 20% off equipment and installation on a new ADT Security System.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4801 Esco Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76140
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.
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!
BMW is in the process of notifying owners of the new 2014 X5 SUV’s built between December 2013 and March 2014 of a recall due to faulty child safety locks. According to BMW, the child safety locks can deactivate without warning on vehicles with the automatic soft closing option. The recall affects 6400 vehicles.
According to a bulletin issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the lock mechanism on the rear doors “may not have been manufactured to correct tolerances,” meaning the safety locks could disengage with a simple pull of the door handle. Basically, with a pair of tugs, the rear doors could be opened from the inside, regardless of child safety locks.
Here is the actual press release issued by the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain model year 2014 X5 SAV vehicles manufactured December 12, 2013, through March 10, 2014, and equipped with the Soft Close Automatic (SCA) option. The rear side door lock mechanisms may not have been manufactured to correct tolerances and when the inside door handle is pulled, the previously engaged child safety lock can disengage.
A disengaged child safety lock would allow the rear seat occupant to pull the door handle twice and open the door while the vehicle is parked or in motion, increasing the risk of injury.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the rear side door locks and any affected door locks will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2014. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.