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 problem.

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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.

http://www.findalocksmith.com/

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 Associations.

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 key.

* 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.

Last Updated: 5/05/2009

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