Month: April 2017

We’ve all been there at some point, you go peacefully about your day and somewhere at some point you realize you have no idea where your car keys are, you spaced out so hard being preoccupied with some other stuff that you don’t even know where to begin look for it at.

Back in the day when car keys had no transponder chips and no fancy transmitters and smart keys, it was much much easier, cheaper and faster to replace a lost or stolen car key.

So if you’ve lost your car key and you have no spare keys in reach, (a key in a different state or continent doesn’t really help you right now, does it ?!), you probably go online on your phone or computer and you search something like this “lost car key no spare what to do” and you see that the best course of action would probably be to call a locksmith or tow your vehicle to the nearest dealership.

Towing your car to the dealer may be an added expense you can’t afford and even if your insurance covers it all or some of it, you still have to get it to the dealers and have it sit there for god knows how long before they’ll get to it, not to mention nights and weekends when the dealership is closed all together.

Your second (or maybe first) course of action is calling your somewhat local locksmith company and hope o god they provide 24 hours locksmith service and that they actually make automotive keys and smart keys on site and finally that they have the right hardware in stock and the right programming tool to go along with it in order to program your key on the spot.

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Auto locksmith in New York City

Here it’s where it gets a little hairy so pay attention and take notes:

A lot of locksmith companies neither really know how nor have the resources and equipment to facilitate your new car key job on the spot, but and it’s a big but, they don’t want to miss on the fun and lose you as a client and paying costumer, so this is what they would do:

A: They would out source the job to a subcontractor that doesn’t work for them at all but has the ability and equipment to cut and program your new car key, so “what’s the problem your asking ?” well that subcontractor needs to get payed, and the locksmith company you called won’t pay him out of their pocket, they’ll pay him out of your pocket sunshine, beginning to get the picture here yet ?!

The freelance sub they call in works on commission, which means the bigger the job, the bigger the paycheck, everyone needs to eat and the company still cuts a 50% coupon here other then the 50% the subcontractor makes, and yes you guest it right, you’re paying for it out of your pocket with inflated locksmith service prices, (these techniques are the same when it comes to regular locksmith jobs), so be ware.

B: Obviously they won’t tell you on the phone they’re sending over a freelance and there for you’re going to pay 200% more, no no no.   What they will do is have zero mentioning of the fact that they are outsourcing the job and either zero mentioning of the price or they’ll mumble something about a “minimum price” or a “beginning price” on the phone and let the subcontractor do the old bait and switch on site when they already got you hanging by the balls.

He’s already there, you need the key, it’s late at night and you’re panicking so you decide to go with it and the hell with the money, this is exactly what they’re counting on.

We provide 24 hour locksmith and car locksmith service.

How not to become a statistic ???   Make god damn sure over the phone what the EXACT price would be, not an estimate or a minimum price or some other bullshit, make sure that the company is legit and licensed and ask for the techs name and license, also make sure the company’s name is the same on the phone, on there website or yelp page and on the invoice the tech is handing you at the end of the job.

Don’t fall for any of the good old “every car key is different and we need to see onsite what needs to be done in order to give you an exact price” NO NO NO!

Any reputable locksmith can ask you a few specific questions on the phone and quote you an exact price for the job.

Luckily for you we are the good guys and you’ve got us on your corner, we will always quote you a full price out the door before we’ll perform any job on your lock or vehicle.

At Metro Local Locksmith we provide a 24 hour locksmith and car locksmith service in New York City in general and on the Upper West Side specifically, we’re truly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week NYC locksmith company, we’re licensed and insured and have a vast knowledge of all car security systems whether smart keys or transponder keys.

Our auto locksmith department is equipped with state of the art cutting machines and top notch computers for fast and reliable key programming on site at your location.

We wil come to you day and night and make sure you can get back on the road with new car keys your hand and the peace of mind in your heart knowing no one ripped you off and that the code for your car key is safe with a lichened reputable locksmith company.

Mobile auto locksmith service, we can cut your key on site.

Most car thefts in New York are with a spare key, someone at some point obtained a copy of your car key, so don’t assume anything and trust no one when it comes to your safety and security, make sure it’s a legit company and don’t get scammed just because it’s an emergency and you need a locksmith now!

Common sense is always the best tool to make judgment calls with, if it doesn’t make any sense, it’s probably shouldn’t happen, if you wouldn’t have done that on  regular day, you probably shouldn’t be doing it now either.

So rock on New York and stay safeish out there.


So it’s Saturday night and your’e downtown having a good time drinking with friends and all of a sudden you realize you’ve lost your car keys.

Worst part it’s not your car, it’s your parents car, a brand new 2017 Lexus RX350.

Panic slowly starts to creep in, you’re a little high and buzzed from what you smoked and drank an hour prior and it takes a little time for the realization to saddle in: you’re stuck with no keys to your car in the middle of New York city.

You probably ask yourself: “well, now what?!”   You have to move the car or it’ll get towed plus you kind of need it on Sunday as well,  waiting for Monday isn’t an option and your insurance won’t cover towing it to the dealer, which will rip you off completely and he’s closed over the weekend anyways.

2016 Toyota Rav-4 remote head key.

Lucky for you, you live in the greatest city in the world where locksmith companies like Metro Local Locksmith can make you a new car key on the spot wether from an existing key copy or from scratch, yes that’s right you’ve heard me, we can make you a new transponder car key or smart key on the spot, day or night 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our car locksmith services are 24 hours a day, we will come over to your car where ever it may be and we’ll cut and program you a new key on the spot, we have a large inventory in stock of most transponder keys, smart keys and keyless entry remotes as well as remote head keys.

High security Lexus car keys.

We have 24/7 access to most vehicle key codes by VIN (vehicle identification number) and we use top notch, state of the art cutting and programming computers in our trucks in order to make sure we can cut and program almost any key to any year, make and model car out there.

A lot of locksmith companies don’t really have the ability or specialized equipment to cut and program car keys on site, and more often than not they will subcontract a freelancer to do the job, they can’t keep it in house and you pay the price for that.

Even if your insurance company or AAA will cover your towing fees to the dealer, it will take a lot of time, will be more expensive (dealers have high overhead costs) and won’t help you over the weekend or late at night on regular weekdays.   We can come to you for no extra charge, unlock your vehicle and get you going and back on your way in no time with a new car key in your hand for less than what the dealer would’ve charged you and for less time.

So next time you lose your car keys at night over the weekend, don’t freakout and give us a call, we’ll take care of your emergency situation the right way, it’ll be as if it never happened at all.

We work with multiple car rental companies and parking garages throughout the city.

For more information or to see if your car is a make we can work with, give us a call any time @ (646) 450-6320

Rock on New York.