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Auto Locksmith Tips

 What is a Chip Key?

Almost every car comes with a transponder key today. Almost all new cars on the road today come with some type of transponder key.  These transponder chips were designed specifically to prevent individuals from forcing the lock, using shaved keys, and using keys that were duplicated without owner authorization.

A Transponder Chip disarms a vehicle immobilizer when the car key is used to start the engine. The majority of keys to cars built after 1995 contain transponder chips.

When the car key is turned in the ignition, the engine control unit (ECU) on the car sends an electronic message to the key, and it will allow the car to start only provided it receives the correct message back. So, even for a simple car key without any buttons, the key must be cut correctly to turn the locks, and also programmed correctly to disarm the immobilizer. Car keys with chips can be programmed using special programmers.


Transponder Keys are different from automotive remotes that are used to unlock and lock your vehicle; some transponder keys are built inside of your keys (in a component called remote key heads) while others are placed separately.

A Proximity Key is a small fob that allows for a key-less entry and ignition system. The fob communicates via radio waves with your car to lock and unlock doors and start the engine when within the acceptable range.

Modern vehicle doors and trunks still operate with standard locking mechanisms, however. You do not need a transponder key to access the interior of a vehicle or the trunk. If you are concerned about being locked out of your cars, take your keys to a locksmith and have him or her cut new keys that will enable access to the car, but not the ignition.

If you want to copy your transponder key, Carl Jarl Group’s Locksmiths can use specialized equipment to clone an existing key for your vehicle. Some car brands  don’t require specialized equipment to program keys and they can be programmed with an OBP (on-board programming) process by the vehicle’s owners – all they need to have is the instructions included in the car manual as well as two existing, pre-programmed, not copied keys.

Carl Jarl Group Locksmiths are trained extensively in the auto locksmith field and have years of professional experience. We use the highest quality locksmith tools available, so you’ll get the best possible service. After all, your car is important to you – and it deserves the utmost care and respect.

Our Promise to You- Convenience – Peace of Mind – Protection                        

No matter where you are around the Omaha area, no one is closer than Carl Jarl Auto Locksmith – which is especially important when you lock your keys in your vehicle. Our emergency locksmith services are available 24 hours a day, so you can expect fast service when you need it most. Call

1-888-KEYS LOST or 402-393-7800

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Trust Your Locksmith

The overwhelming majority of calls to locksmiths are made under emergency conditions. Customers are often placed in victim-like situations, in dire need of help—often late at night—and therefore are easy prey to shady locksmiths.Who Do You Trust with your Security? Choose a locksmith service based on:

1. Trustworthiness

The locksmith must be reliable and trustworthy as well. This is an important quality because they enter your property and will know about the locks on each of your doors. Therefore, it is important that you only call a locksmith who has impeccable credentials and can be trusted.

2. Your Own Research

Researching for a locksmith starts with actually getting to know the locksmiths in your area if you have the time. Make sure the addresses on their websites are their actual places of business. Dishonest locksmiths can easily get away with their trade if you do not authenticate their business information. Also make sure the business as well as the locksmith is licensed or certified to do the job.

3. Beware of Scams

Before hiring a locksmith, it’s a good idea to get a price confirmation in writing, as well. You should also make sure there are no hidden charges.Dishonest locksmiths will attract you by putting a vague price in their advertisements. They use words such as “$20 and up” which means you cannot be sure about how much they will charge you later on. Some also mention words like “plus labor” where the fee for the labor is not specified at all. They can use that as a tactic to charge additional fees once they are done with their job. The vagueness of their prices only implies that they want to charge you more than the amount you know you are supposed to pay them.

4. Track Record

Since reliability is an important issue when it comes to locksmiths, it is essential that you look at the past track record of a locksmith before calling. You can check the past history of a locksmith by contacting the Better Business Bureau.

5. Experience

It is important that you see to it that the locksmith you are calling is an experienced one and has been in this profession for a long period of time.

6. Professionalism

The locksmith must be uniformed according to his profession and his behavior must always remain professional too. Both of these aspects are a sign of a seasoned professional who knows his work.

7. Proper Identification

The locksmith must have his own shop or at least a mobile unit that is properly marked with his brand name and is professional in appearance. It can help you in identifying that the vehicle and the person coming to your home is a professional and not an imposter.

8. Punctuality

When calling , make sure that your locksmith is punctual and can reach you quickly when called in an emergency.

9. Bonded  and Insured

Locksmiths that are insured and bonded can offer a lot more security to you in terms of defective workmanship and damage to your property. Take this aspect into consideration when finding your locksmith.

10. Multiple  Services

Locksmiths often offer multiple services. Such a locksmith can prove to be far more helpful to you, if you ever get locked out of your car at night and have no car locksmith in your area. When you find someone reliable and trustworthy, you want that locksmith to be able to help you with any needs that may arise – home, car, residential, and auto!

The United States Federal Trade Commission has issued a warning to consumers to help them avoid locksmith scams. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, consumers are urged to visit the FTC website at or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.

The FTC has also created a page to help consumers make smart choices when selecting a locksmith.

 We have been providing full service locksmith, gunsmith and security services to the Omaha community since 1892, and are the #1 choice for your security needs. We realize that trust, honesty and quality service build long lasting relationships. We take our responsibility seriously and understand that security issues are very personal. Your Security is our Business. Contact Carl Jarl Group here or call now 402-393-7800

For answers and solutions to all of your commercial lock and security needs call us at 1-KEYS-LOST in the Omaha, Nebraska Area.

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Carl Jarl Group
11055 I St.
Omaha, NE 68137