uPVC Specialists

We here at The NGCL understand the struggle of waking up in the morning or coming home in the afternoon to find that your uPVC door has jammed, adding extra stress on the day that everyone can do without.

But not to worry, here at The NGCL all of our local Locksmiths are uPVC specialists. We assure that they are all fully trained and accredited on uPVC doors and windows, so no matter what your problem we can help.

Our Specialists are trained with non-destructive entry techniques, which is always our first point of call. The preservation of your property is always the top priority.

 

When might you need a uPVC Specialist

  • If you become locked out
  • Your door is jammed in either the locked or unlocked position
  • You require a lock change
  • You want to upgrade your current locks and/or uPVC units
  • You have been broken into

 

Our uPVC Specialist services

Upgrading Multipoint Locking Systems

We can upgrade or replace a multitude of components, to ensure that your uPVC doors and windows are secure. From rollers, sliders, hooks and deadbolts we can help with your broken or damaged strip.

 

Cylinder Changes

Any cylinder, including single, double or thumb turn we can replace or upgrade to high security locks to make certain you have the best security possible.

 

Handle Replacement

uPVC door handles have a tendency to break between the lever and back plate, which is then unable to be re-assembled leading to the handle needing to be replaced. We can replace your door handle or upgrade it to a higher security model depending on your preference.  We can also upgrade and replace locking handles.

 

uPVC Window Security

Stays, restrictors and locks are important aspects of window security. Our specialists can fit, replace or upgrade all of these components to the security level you desire.

 

Hinge Replacement

Any broken, damaged or out-dated hinges can be replaced or updated to the latest model.

 

Additional Security Fitments

Safety features such as Key Operated Shootbolts, door chains and viewers are components that our highly skilled Locksmiths can easily install, replace and upgrade for you to increase the security of your home.

 

Emergency Boarding up

Our Locksmiths can attend promptly, 24 hours a day, to provide this emergency service. All of our Locksmiths are DBS checked so you can be assured of the professionalism that all our engineers provide.

There is a vast range of services that our specialists can offer, so whatever your issue don’t hesitate to call Keytek® for all your uPVC needs.

 

How much would it cost?

We don’t charge for callouts, but rather for the Locksmiths time and if any parts are required. The price is completely dependent on the time of day, the parts required and the circumstances, so until a locksmith is at your door it is hard to estimate an exact price.

But not to fret, once you call we run through all of your details and aim to give you a complete overview of what you can expect to be charge dependent on your situation.

 

What if one visit isn’t enough?

When you call The NGCL, nine times out of ten our Locksmiths are able to resolve any issue on the first visit, however sometimes a specialist part is needed to repair the problem properly.

You can  rest assured that even if our specialists need to order a replacement part, it can be ordered and delivered within 24 hours*, and our specialist will come back to your property to fix your issue.

In some situations where a Multipoint locking system has been discontinued* you can trust us to source an alternative item that you are happy with to avoid the door having to be replaced.

*In the majority of circumstances

Top Christmas Safety Tips 2020

As we move closer to Christmas the festive season is going to hit us hard with twinkling fairy lights, decorative ornaments, presents and the Christmas spirt! But throughout all this joy and cheer could you possibly be doing things that put you more at risk? We created this handy blog to highlight some of the activities that could be putting you at risk and how you can minimise the risk whilst still having all the fun!

Christmas Lights

Arguably one of the best parts of Christmas is all the decorations that line the streets, our homes and businesses to really amp up that festive feeling. But what you might not realise as you deck the halls is that as homes light up with Christmas lights across the UK they can become a massive electrical safety risk.

How to use Christmas Lights safely

After 12 months of being stored away in the attic in a box some lights can become electrically unsafe, so you should always follow some simple safety precautions and checks when busting out the lights!

You Should:

  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for set-up and use
  • Use the lights for their intended purpose
  • Use replacement bulbs that are the same type and rating as the originals
  • Switch your lights off and unplug them before you go to bed
  • Ensure lights are away from flammable decorations or furnishings that could easily burn.
  • Consider using a timer to ensure that your lights are not left on for too long at a risk of overheating.

You Shouldn’t:

  • Use lights outdoors unless they are specifically designed for that purpose.
  • Connect lights to a power supply whilst still in the packaging
  • Overload sockets; although extension leads might have up to five sockets, it is not always safe to use all five at the same time.
  • Replace lamps/bulbs whilst the lights are connected to a power source
  • Attempt to repair faulty lights; you should replace them.
  • Use lights that are damaged or faulty.

How can I avoid overloading sockets?

Ensure that you check the rating of an extension lead before plugging any appliance into it. They can range from 13A (which is most common) and lower, with the rating being clearly marked on the back or underside of the extension itself. You can always refer to the manufactures guide for more assistance.

Another important thing to remember is that you should never plug an extension lead into another extension lead, only one extension lead should be plugged into one socket.

 

How do I put up decorations safely?

  • Keep real trees away from heat sources.

Place your tree away from heaters and fireplaces. Live trees can be extremely flammable from the needles and sap with the risk only increasing with the presence of flammable decorations.

  • Work as a team

When putting up decorations that are above your normal reach, ensure you use a proper ladder with someone supporting the base.

  • Secure candles

Keep candles on a sturdy, flat surface to prevent them from tipping and never leave them unattended.

  • Consider using a fake tree

Although an unpopular choice for most, you can get trees that are fire resistant which will lower your risk.

Christmas Cooking

If it isn’t all the lights that you love around Christmas time, then it is definitely the food. Glorious spreads filled with flavour and a few glasses of festive cheer are always present at Christmas but many people admit to leaving cooking unattended!

With a house full of family and friends it is easy to get distracted as the holiday host but you need to keep an eye on what you are cooking to ensure that a risk isn’t created and also that it doesn’t burn!

Driving Home for Christmas?

Luckily in the UK our winters consist of mostly rain with only a few places getting heavy snow. However, wherever you live, whether snow or not, driving in much colder weather calls for a higher attention.

  • De-ice and remove any snow from your vehicle

Clearing your windscreen is an obvious thing for most, but you need to make sure that all ice and snow is removed from your car. By leaving anything on the roof of your car, whilst driving it could potentially fall of and block your view or other road users.

  • Check road conditions and give yourself extra time

Check your local road conditions before driving, this will allow you to take the best route and allow yourself more time to get to your destination safely.

  • Slow down

Reduce your speed and expand the space that you are giving other road uses to account for unpredictable actions and the risk of black ice.

  • Be cautious on public transport

It is vital that we all play our part in reducing the spread of Coronavirus, and that means being sensible and cautious when out and about. If you are taking the bus, train, or coach home this Christmas make sure to maintain social distancing and only travel if you are free from any symptoms. Remember hands, face, space.

Holiday Shopping Safety

Unfortunately, there are still those Grinches out and about that don’t live up to the Christmas cheer and can put a damper on your festive season. To keep safe during the frantic Christmas rush keep these tips in mind:

  • Stay alert

With many possible distractions and large crowds you need to be that extra bit vigilant as you never know who might be watching.

  • Don’t leave your valuables vulnerable

Avoid leaving your purse/wallet and gifts in plain sight in an unattended vehicle. Try to fit them into your boot or cover them as to not to pique the interest of an ill-wisher.

  • Park in well-lit areas

Parking in well-lit busier places will deter others from approaching your vehicle as the risk of getting caught is higher.

  • Don’t leave your purse/wallet unattended

Keep your purse/wallet, keys and cards close preferably in a zipped pocket.

  • Shop online with caution

Online shopping can be a blessing at Christmas but only enter your payment information, such as card details or Paypal, on trusted sites. If something looks too good to be true, it usually is.

  • Remember Hands, Face, Space

If you decide to hit the shops this festive season, please be mindful of social distancing and mask requirements, to keep yourself and those around you safe.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

We wish you a safe and merry holiday season!

Understanding Lock Prices

Whenever you think about improving the security of your home, the cost comes to mind. Your home is the biggest thing you will ever buy, so it’s natural to want to protect it. It’s up to you what type and how many locks you purchase for your house, there is a wide variety to choose from, so it can be confusing trying to work out what’s best for you and your home.

This means many home owners will take to Google to ask how much new locks should cost. Does a cheap lock mean sub-par security? But on the other hand does an expensive lock really mean you are getting a better quality lock? Here at the NGCL we want to help you answer those questions, as well as looking at what effects the price of a lock.

What Influences the Cost of Door Locks?

The Type of Door Lock

There are several types of door locks, the most common are:

  • Mortice Lock
  • Euro Lock
  • Rim Lock
  • Padlock
  • Yale Type Lock (Night latch)

Not all door locks are the same and when it comes to researching the cost of a new lock, you need to take in to consideration what type of lock is being purchased. Whether you need an external door lock, internal door lock or smart lock, prices can vary. Once you know if you are looking for an external or internal lock, there are more categories to think about; do you need a British Standard, Anti-snap, Mortice, or Euro Cylinder? Mortice locks are traditionally used on wooden doors, whereas Euro Cylinders are used on uPVC. So what your door is made of will make your choice for you.

Door Lock Standards

The standard of a door lock is a measure of the quality and security of the lock. The various lock standards are used to test the strength and reliability of the door lock. To be given a certain standard, a lock must be able to pass various tests that prove their strength and longevity. British Standard sets a benchmark for quality goods and services.

TS007

This standard is aimed at protecting cylinder locks against all known methods of forced entry. Any cylinders or hardware solutions that meet the requirements are marked in correlation with the star rating scheme.

 BS 3621 and BS 8621

This series was set to provide a national performance standard for single point locks that ensure a minimum specification deemed to provide suitable protection for external doors.

This is regulated by the BSI (British Standards). The BSI has a Royal Charter that grants them the authority to prepare, revise, alter and amend the standards as experience and circumstances require. A lock with British Standard kite mark is guaranteed to meet the minimum performance for locks and cylinders on internal or external doors set by the police service. A door lock with a British Standard kite mark will cost more than an untested lock, but you will be paying for the peace of mind that this lock will secure your home.

There is a trend of higher standard locks having a higher price tag. This is because the higher the standard the longer the lock will last and keep you more secure than lower standard locks. In this instance, choosing to spend less on your home security may be detrimental in the long run, as the cost of a break-in will be significantly higher than the cost of a high standard lock.

Installation of your Lock

Unfortunately, just buying a replacement door lock isn’t enough. You will need to install it as well. You might be tempted to install the lock yourself to save money. However, unless you are a professional Locksmith we would advise against it.

Modern uPVC doors are very complicated and contain a lot of mechanisms, so you may struggle to install the lock correctly which will leave your security weakened and more susceptible to an attack. Even if you have the DIY skills to fit the locks yourself, by doing so you may be breaching the terms of your home insurance. This would mean that if you did suffer a break in, and you fitted the locks yourself, your insurance company might not pay out.

The cost of a Locksmith will depend on a few factors; how many locks you need changing, what type of door you have and what equipment is needed. Most Locksmiths will be able to install one new lock within an hour, however if you have just moved and need multiple locks replacing it could be longer and therefore cost more. The price of a Locksmith may also be affected if you call them out for an emergency as rapid response and unsociable hours mean a Locksmith may charge more. You can’t help your lock breaking but if it is a planned job then you may try to keep it in work hours on a weekday to keep the price down. You can find more about the cost of a Locksmith on our Locksmith Prices Page.

Brand of Lock

As with almost every product on the market, you will find it is available in several brands. You may have heard of some of the big lock brands; Yale, Abloy, Mul-T-Lock etc. Big brands do come with certain benefits; guarantees, customer service and a long history of manufacturing locks, amongst other things, but they do come with a bigger price tag.

There are some lock brands that are endorsed by Locksmiths and experts that offer a high amount of security whereas there are big lock brands that homeowners are warned against as the security of the product isn’t relative to the price. Branding can be a very confusing as popularity and brand can often be confused with quality when this isn’t always the case.

Companies like Yale have been around for 100’s of years and most Locksmiths train by using the most common brands. If you buy a lock that is unbranded or an obscure brand, there is a risk that a Locksmith may not be able to fit it.

To learn more about different types of Locks read our Guide to Locks

Sash Jammers

There are multiple ways you can improve your home security including this small and inexpensive piece of equipment! But what are sash jammers? Will they make my home more secure? What are the best sash jammers? Read on to find out!

 

What are Sash Jammers?

Sash jammers are a small device that can improve the security of your uPVC windows and doors. They attach near the window or door frame and pivot over the door or window securing it into place, offering another level of security that can help prevent against forced entry.

 

Are Sash Jammers Effective?

Sash jammers are effective in improving your home security as they add an extra boundary through which a burglar must force through when trying to break into a home. This will add time to the burglar’s efforts and will give you more time to call the police and get to a safe place if you’re home. If you’re not home some burglars may even give up trying to break-in as they aim to be in and out of your home in as little time as possible to avoid getting caught! They fit most types of uPVC windows and doors and are widely available at a cheap price.

 

How can I make my uPVC Windows more Secure?

You can make your uPVC windows more secure by getting an approved Locksmith to fit a sash jammer. Another way you can improve your window security is to upgrade the locks to anti-snap locks which prevent the burglar from being able to pick the lock or damage it and have the ability to force the window open.

 

What are the Best Sash Jammers?

Sash jammers are available cheaply and ‘does what it says on the tin’. If you’re looking to buy the best of the best then take a look at the sash jammers that bolt through the frame and are lockable from the outside, of course, these will be more expensive than your regular sash jammer.

 

Can I fit a Sash Jammer Myself?

Yes, it is relatively easy to fit a sash jammer yourself. However, if you are upgrading your doors and windows due to security concerns, perhaps you have recently been burgled then we recommend you call a professional Locksmith. Not only can our NGCL Locksmiths fit your sash jammer correctly they can also give you advice on your home security and fit more secure locks if need be.

 

How many Sash Jammers do I need?

Depending on your door or window type you will typically need between 1 and 4 sash jammers. You’ll need 1 sash jammer for a small window, 2 for a single door one at the top and one at the bottom and therefore for patio and French doors you will need 4 sash jammers, 2 at the top and 2 at the bottom.

 

Cost of a Sash Jammer

Sash jammers are a really good budget option for upgrading your home security as buying the sash jammer yourself will be around £10.

 

Please Remember

Please remember that sash jammers are to be used in conjunction with your secure, British Standard approved locks. Using as sash jammer without additional locks will not only leave your home vulnerable to break-ins it will also invalidate your home insurance.

 

NGCL Locksmiths

If you need a trusted local Locksmith to upgrade your home security then give us a call on 0808 164 2928 or visit our website to find a reputable Locksmith near you! https://www.thengcl.co.uk/find-locksmith/

Lock Snapping

What is Lock Snapping? Anti-Snap Locks

Ever heard of the term lock snapping? Maybe you’ve unfortunately had your lock snapped by a burglar and therefore they were able to gain access to your precious home? Take a look at our blog to discover exactly what lock snapping is and how you can prevent it!

What is Lock Snapping?

Lock snapping is the term used when an intruder snaps the door lock in two by using brute force. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence as it requires no skill and often regular things around the home are used to assist this burglar technique allowing access into someone’s home within seconds. Once the intruder has managed to apply enough force to remove the outside of the lock it leaves the mechanism exposed allowing the lock to be tampered with and unlocked.

What Doors are Susceptible to Lock Snapping?

uPVC doors and windows are the most at risk to lock snapping as they more often than not have a euro cylinder lock type. As the most common door type in the UK this leaves approximately 22 million homes at risk to lock snapping techniques which just take around 13 seconds to snap.

 

How to Prevent Lock Snapping

The best way to prevent your locks from being snapped is to upgrade your locks to an anti-snap lock. To upgrade to an anti-snap lock call one of local Locksmiths today on 0808 164 2928 or visit our page to Find a Locksmith near you!

There are many things you can do to help prevent your home being a potential target; we’ve found lots of good home security advice through Keytek® who have a full Home Security Guide (click to see more).

 

What is the Best Anti-Snap Lock?

The only anti-snap lock that has a TS007 3 Star rating, SS312 Sold Secure Diamond Accredited and Secured by Design Accredidation is the ABS High Security Euro Cylinder. So, the ABS High Security Euro Cylinder is the best anti-snap lock currently available on the market.

Our Locksmiths are able to fit this lock for you anytime you like as they carry a fully stocked van to all jobs including this part.

 

How do I know if I have an Anti-Snap Lock?

An anti-snap lock will either have a 3 Star Kitemark or a Sold Secure Diamond located on the lock. if you’re unsure, one of our local Locksmiths will be able to help you.

 

What Should I do if my Lock has been snapped?

If you find that your lock has been snapped or tampered with you should immediately call the police and try not to touch around the lock area as the police will hopefully be able to gather some evidence. Once the police have visited you should then call a Locksmith to come and change your locks to ensure your home security is as secure as it can be.

 

The NGCL

Here at the National Guild of Certified Locksmiths we believe it is our duty of care to ensure all of our customer’s homes are as secure as they can be. To upgrade your locks to anti-snap locks call one of our friendly team members today on 0808 164 2928 or request a call back online here.

The Guide to Starting a Locksmith Business

Locksmithing is a unique career path, as it is one of the only trades where there will always be a demand. If you are considering on becoming a Locksmith in your future, the first step would be to research as much as you can before taking an exciting new leap into your career.

We’ve put together this expert guide on how to start your own Locksmith business and everything you will need to know about starting your career.

What are the Requirements of Becoming a Locksmith?

There are no official requirements to become a Locksmith as a whole industry is currently unregulated with no governing body, meaning that anyone no matter the experience could essentially become a Locksmith tomorrow. However, to be a competent Locksmith rather than a cowboy, you will need training and years’ of experience to be able to handle every situation thrown your way. It is also advisable to have the expert training under your belt for if and when the industry becomes regulated and a qualification is readily available.

 

1. Find the Right Course to Learn the Trade and Practice your Skills

The best way to learn the trade is to attend a Locksmithing course. There are a variety of courses on the market that will vary depending on what you are looking to learn and can differ in length and offer specialities depending on the course. These courses should teach you everything you need to know about Locksmithing to establish credibility and strengthen skills.

 

What would a Locksmith Training Course offer?

Within most all-in Locksmith courses you will learn a variety of techniques that will cover lock identification, operation, opening, fitting and upgrading most common lock types and brands. However, the level of detail covered within the courses will depend on where you are training and the course type. We suggest always reading the course description carefully and talking with the providers to find out the course breakdown so that you have all the information about what you are going to learn prior to the course start date.

How long will it take to Train?

As mentioned before Locksmith courses can vary in length depending on where you train, but a full training course should be no shorter than 5 days due to the amount you will have to learn to become a Locksmith.

Although you will have completed a training course, you might find that it will take a couple of years to become fully confident in all situations. Some training courses offer an after care service where you can still receive advice from them after you have completed your training. Always research what the courses offer after you’ve completed your training as it will come in handy if you ever have a question or get stuck when out at a property on your own.

 

2. Choose what Areas of Service you will Offer

The course that you take will determine what services you can offer; will you be an auto Locksmith, domestic or commercial? This choice will then influence the route you go with any marketing you might do to promote your business and the equipment you will need and carry on board with you.

Keep in mind that most basic course will cover basic areas but for more specialist services such as auto Locksmithing and safe opening, additional courses may be required.

 

3. Get a Vehicle

If you are going to be a mobile Locksmith you will need to be able to get around so you will need a vehicle. The best choice of vehicle would be a van, so that you can hold supplies and tools in order to complete a job. No matter what vehicle you choose it’s a good idea to add signage to your works vehicle by painting, vinyl or magnetic signs to give yourself and your business more visibility.

Top Tip: Make sure that your phone number is prominent on the side of your vehicle so people can see it clearly and call you when needed.

 

4. Purchase Tools and Supplies

The tools and supplies you will need will depend on the services that you are providing. For example, if you are an auto Locksmith you might need a key programming machine and other specialist equipment for the challenges you might face.

For non-specialist Locksmith services some of the most common tools that are recommended are:

  • An Electric Pick Gun
  • MICA
  • Cylinder Jigglers
  • Rakes
  • Bumping kit

(this is not an exhaustive list)

You will also need to start off with a wide range of common Locksmith parts to ensure you have the right equipment when attending a job.

Once again this will require extensive research into what you might need, talking to other Locksmiths and experts in the field, buying from established manufacturers, reading reviews and joining Locksmith communities is the best way to find out everything you need to know.

 

5. Find a Location

As a Locksmith you will have to do financial paperwork for customers and for yourself, so you will need somewhere quiet to quiet to complete this. It doesn’t have to be a shop, it can be your own home but you will need the space to store equipment and a computer for handling billing, marketing and finances.

 

6. Set Prices and Create a Financial Plan

Locksmithing equipment can be expensive, so creating a budget for purchases, a break even plan and a guide for the prices is essential.

With service pricing, do some research of your area and get to know what the going rates are; this will help you to set the prices of your services to suit you but will also help you to be competitive.

 

What is a Budget?

A budget is an estimate of income and expenses that a business incurs over a set period of time. Creating a budget for business enables the owner to better control what is being spent and to make better informed financial decisions. Once you know your ingoings and outgoings you can then determine a price.

For help creating a budget, click here

 

What is Meant by Break Even?

Break even is the point where a business’ profit is equal to its costs. This means that anything over this point is a profit for the business. Regarding to Locksmiths, this point would tell you how many jobs (of an average rate) you would need to complete before you can start making a profit. Knowing your breakeven point will help you to understand how many jobs you will have to do to make money, which can then inform you what hours you will need to work.

For help creating a break even chart, click here

For an online breakeven calculator, click here

 

7. Generate Word of Mouth Advertising

Start by doing jobs for family, friends and neighbours asking them to refer you to others. If you live in a smaller town, locals will notice your business from seeing your van driving around which will help will local recognition. The best way to gain creditability is through customer recommendations, so ensure from start to finish you set the bar high in terms of customer service.

 

8. Network with other Locksmiths and Companies

Associations, like the NGCL, are a great way to be in contact with other Locksmiths, keep up with trends and news and get help in sticky situations. Joining a community allows you to be better informed and you know that there is a network of support should you need it.

There are also national companies that sub-contract work out which you can join to supplement your own jobs. This also adds another support system to build your confidence whilst you’re still new to the industry.

 

9. Advertise your Business

If you have space in your budget, you can employ marketing agencies to handle all of your advertising for you. Although you can start doing the basics yourself if money is tight. Here are some basic things to consider:

  • A website
  • A listing in the local directories
  • A Google listing; with images and location
  • An advert in the paper or radio
  • Creating a social media profile

Another important thing to remember is SEO, otherwise known as Search Engine Optimisation. This will determine where you place in Google listings. You want to be at least, on the first page of Google results when people search for a Locksmith in your area, and having a better SEO will help get you a better ranking!

 

For more information on marketing, click below:

35 ways to promote your business effectively

For more information on SEO, click here!

What is a Transponder Key?

Do you know what a Transponder Key is?

Since their introduction in 1995, transponder keys are becoming more and more common. Almost all new cars today are manufactured with a transponder key. But what exactly are they? What is the difference between a transponder key and a remote key? Are there any advantages of having a transponder key?

 

What is a Transponder Key?

Transponder keys use microchips that transmit a low-level signal from the key to the receiver, located in the car. The manufacturer programs the microchip in the key with a unique serial number that will only match up to the digital serial number in the car. Using a RFID (radio frequency identification) the receiver will detect the serial number and will only unlock or open the car if the correct serial number is identified.

 

What is the Difference between a Transponder Key and a Remote Key?

Is it a transponder key or a remote key? Unless you are an auto locksmith, you probably won’t know the difference as they look very similar.

A remote key has two levels of security, both of which locks and unlocks the car door. The first way a remote key is able to do this, is by inserting the key into the car door lock and the second uses radio frequency that unlocks the car from a distance by pressing a button on the key fob.

The difference between a remote key and a transponder key is that a transponder key has one more layer of security over its counterpart. Meaning that not only does a transponder key have the two layers of security like the remote key, but it also contains an added third layer of security on top. Embedded inside the key is an electronic chip which is able to connect to the ignition locks signal, so unless the unique digital serial number in the key and the ignition match up, the engine will not start.

 

What are the Advantages of a Transponder Key?

There are a couple of security advantages when it comes to having a transponder key over a regular remote key. Firstly, if a thief attempted to enter your vehicle without the correct key then an alarm will be triggered, alerting you to the danger and hopefully scaring the thief away. As a transponder key and the receiver uses RFID technology the engine cannot start without the correct key present and hot wiring the car is almost impossible.

Secondly, due to each and every responder key containing its own unique serial number the car cannot be accessed with a different key, a method car thieves are known to use.

 

Do you have a Transponder Key?

Lost car keys? Locked keys in car? Need a car key replacement? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you need to know if you have a transponder key or not so a car locksmith can get you back on your way. There are a few ways you can check this.

Start by digging out your car owner’s manual and in the ignition system section it should tell you whether your key contains an electronic chip or not. Lost your manual? Try calling your local car dealership, tell them the make and model of your car and the parts department should be able to help you. Furthermore, if your car was made after 2000 then you may be able to presume that your car contains an electronic chip.

 

Safety First!

Although having a car with a transponder key is more protected from thieves than a regular remote key, there is nothing you can do to fully protect your car against theft. Always remember to close all of your car windows, ensure all the doors are locked and always be cautious as to where you park your car.