NOTE: ASP Inc. is a trade
supplier only, all sales through our distributors. We do not sell
directly to the public. If you are a car owner with a lock and key
problem, the information below will be very helpful to solving your
When you bought your car your dealer may have told you that only
they could replace your car key if lost. That information may also
be in the owners manual of your car. While that is true for a very
small percentage of cars on the road today, for most cars complete
lock and key service is as close as your nearest professional LOCKSMITH.
A locksmith’s job is servicing locks and keys. Most locksmiths
work on all types of locks including car locks, residential locks,
commercial locks, etc. Some locksmiths specialize ONLY in car locks.
A locksmith is better qualified to service the locks and keys of
your car than a general auto repair shop or the car dealer, many
of which use locksmiths on a daily basis. Service procedures for
your car locks and keys are more closely related to other types
of locks than other parts of your car.
Locksmiths are like any other profession, there are good ones and
bad ones. One measure of professionalism and ethical standards is
membership in the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA). Click
on the link below for the ALOA website to help find an ALOA member
locksmith in your area.
DISCLAIMER: All locksmiths listed on the ALOA website or otherwise
referred to on this website are independent companies not associated
with ASP Inc. ASP Inc. offers no warranty of any type in relation
to use of any listed or linked company.
Worried about “Phony Locksmiths”?
You may have heard news features about “phony locksmiths”
that are making you hesitant to use the services of a locksmith.
Phony locksmiths are companies and individuals who often run huge
advertisements in the Yellow Pages, but who are actually scam artists.
Unfortunately these scams tend to overshadow the thousands of legitimate
professional locksmiths who are available to serve you properly.
A good way to protect yourself is by using a locksmith which is
a member of a Locksmith Association such as the Associated Locksmiths
of America (ALOA), and one or more of the many state and local Locksmith
There is also a new website dedicated to both helping identify
legitimate locksmiths and exposing phony locksmiths. See www.legallocksmiths.com
for more information.
Here are some of the things that a locksmith can do:
* Cut new keys for your car, even if all of your keys are lost
- INCLUDING many of the new electronic transponder keys. The car
dealers often make a special effort to tell you that those can only
be replaced at the dealership.
* Repair or replace damaged car locks – INCLUDING changing
the key code combination of a new replacement lock to match your
original car key so that you do not need to carry an additional
* Change the key code combination of your existing locks so that
the original key no longer fits. This is a valuable service if your
keys are stolen and much less expensive than replacing all of the
locks on your car with a new lock set.
* If your lock and key problem prevents your car from being driven,
a locksmith can usually come to you – no need to tow the car
to the dealership or a garage.
Of course there are occasional exceptions to all of the above,
depending upon the exact make, model, and year of your car. But
whenever you have a lock and key problem with your car, making your
first call to a locksmith will more often than not be the best avenue
to solving your problem.
ASP Inc. is a supplier of replacement locks and lock service parts
to locksmiths around the world. As stated above, ASP does not sell
directly to car owners. Furthermore, most lock servicing jobs are
not recommended as a do-it-yourself project, especially when disassembly
of the lock is involved. Many of the parts sold by ASP are internal
lock repair parts which should only be used by qualified locksmiths
experienced in the disassembly and assembly of locks. Attempts of
this type of service by unqualified persons can only lead to disaster.
The possibility of lost parts or incorrect reassembly of a lock
can only lead to worsening your problem and possibly greater expense
than if you had used a professional locksmith from the beginning.
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