Locked out? How to resolve the situation
As anyone who does a lot of driving will know, there is little worse than getting locked out of your car, van, minibus or other vehicle.
If you’re on the road to a major event or you’ve got an urgent appointment to get to, a lock-out can cause a whole range of headaches. But there are ways around the problem.
The engine control unit
One of the most common methods is to re-programme the ECU (or engine control unit) which is located deep inside your vehicle.
Both locksmiths and the dealers who sell vehicles have access to a range of Internet-based services which can allow them to do this. Once you call someone to help you solve the problem, they can delve into the programming behind your particular vehicle type and reset the ECU.
A major advantage of this method is that it can help you access your vehicle without having to cut new keys or damage the exterior of the vehicle – which in the long run is a good way to save on costs.
Other parts of the vehicle
Unfortunately, however, it’s not just lock-outs that can cause you to get held up.
It’s also possible that van keys can snap off and get lodged inside the ignition, for example, while car boots often get jammed in place. If this happens, it can cause real delays to your plans – and if you use your vehicle for business purposes, it may even cause you to lose custom.
A reliable locksmith, however, will be able to come out to you and resolve these sorts of problems for you no matter where you are, and they will get you back on the road in no time.