FORD Keys About to Get More Expensive

FORD Keys About to Get More Expensive

Have a pre-2015 Ford? Only have one key? Save some money and get a backup key made now.

Ford is up to something, but what it is isn’t precisely clear yet.

What is clear is that it is getting very hard for us to find Ford keys for the 2011-2015 models. In fact, only one of our manufactures has these blanks in stock, and that manufacture is nearly twice as expensive as the rest. When they do run out, anyone with a pre-2015 Ford will need to buy the latest generation chip. A 128 bit chip that is even more expensive, driving prices up further.

Maybe that’s Ford’s plan? To stop making the less expensive keys in favor of a more expensive version? Or may it’s to bring all keys in house, so no third party can make copies of their keys. It’s hard to say.

But ACME Locksmith customers are covered for at least a little while. When we got this news we bought all the inventory we could find so we could keep delivering great prices. But it won’t last forever. If you’ve got a pre-2015 Ford, and need a spare key, get it while our inventory lasts.

Ford Transponder Key

$35-150 for a Standard Car key? That’s crazy!

$35-150 for a Standard Car key? That’s crazy!

We just received a call from a client. She had a 2010 Hyundai Elantra. Nothing fancy, nothing special. She just needed a backup key. It’s a good old fashion steal key (a mechanical key). Not a chip key, transponder, or FOB.

The first company she called, a legitimate company, wanted $150 to duplicate that key. That sounds insane to us for a mechanical key. But the company she called didn’t have a store (we have three). So if she had used them, she would have had to pay them to come out to her. Even still, $150 to come out and make a old-fashion car key is priced ridiculously high. See Price Gouging Update – Have Legitimate Companies Joined In?

The car dealer wanted $35 to make a copy of that key.

The ACME Locksmith price? $7.97 – $9.97.

We just saved her a bundle. That’s why we love our job. We’ll be seeing her in our Phoenix office soon.

We handle just about every type of car key imaginable. Chip keys, transponder keys, vats keys, remotes and FOBs; we do it all.

Price Gouging Update – Legitimate Businesses Join In?

Price Gouging Update – Legitimate Businesses Join In?

There’s a new disturbing trend that’s made it’s way to Phoenix. Locksmith businesses that appear to be legitimate are price gouging for their services.

We’ve often discussed on our website the current issue of scam locksmith companies. They promote $19-39 service calls “plus labor,” The scammers then charge up to 50X what a legitimate company would charge. These scam company receipts contain no company name or phone numbers, so if a consumer want to complain about their lock service, who are they going to complain to or about? If a number can be recalled, they just go to call centers where no one will assist them in dispute resolution.

This new wave of consumer abuse is based on the scam locksmith model. They’ve come to realize that customers will jump at the low-quoted service calls because they seem like a bargain, and then they too charge astronomical rates or dubious charges (charges written down on the receipt when the work was not actually performed). The difference is that these companies appear to be real companies. Their name and phone numbers are displayed on their receipts.

Here is one such receipt. This customer, a senior citizen, searched for “ACME Locksmith” on Google. Unfortunately, they called the first ad that was presented – which was not ACME Locksmith. They asked if they were talking to ACME Locksmith and were told they were. The company arrived for a rekey of one door. This job with any reputable company would be much less than $100. However, the receipt shows that a fresh installation was performed (a hole being drilled into the door to install a lock where no lock has existed before). But according to the customer this was NOT done. The company was onsite of less than 1/2 an hour and charged $328.

Locksmith fraud
There are no $29 Service Calls

The customer, a senior citizen, has asked us for our assistance in disputing this charge. Regrettably we have enough experience in assisting consumers that have been ripped off to know that she will lose her case. Because this company wrote a description of the work and she signed the receipt, she will not win. It wasn’t until after she signed that she reflected on the work done and realized the price seemed way to high. After not getting assistance from the lock company on the receipt, she called us.

The only tip off that this company was going to take advantage of this customer was their service charge quote of $29. When Google is charging these customer over $100 PER CLICK How can these companies only charge you $29 for a service fee? These companies are going to get that money back, one way or the other, and it’s at your expense.

There are no $14-$39 locksmiths. It’s a scam.

Business Robbed -The Importance of Latch Guards

Business Robbed -The Importance of Latch Guards

A latch guard is a sheet of metal that covers the latch on a door. Most often, they are installed on commercial exterior doors to prevent someone from prying the door open and easily gaining access to your business. The goal of prying open a door is to move the frame of the door just enough so the latch pops out of the frame and the door opens. This is usually accomplished by a breaker bar or some other long narrow object being inserted in the crack at the latch location. Latch guards prevent objects from being inserted into the crack near the commercial door latch thus the latch can’t be forced to pop out of the door frame.

Is it overkill? Not for this business. This is a fire riser room door.

Door That Was Not Secure and Pried Open.

Almost all Arizona commercial properties have one on the building. We were recently called out to perform emergency commercial door service to secure this door. The door was pried open by a burglar. He then cut a hole in the drywall of the fire riser room to gain access to the adjacent business. The business was cleaned out.

This is door after we finished the repair. Simple fixes can make big security improvements. Don’t skimp on door security.

Latch Guard Installed on Commercial Door to Prevent Prying Door Open

Compare Our Safes to Other Safe Brands

Compare Our Safes to Other Safe Brands

Why do we love the Hollon Black Hawk safe series?

Because we don’t believe you can’t get a better built safe at this price anywhere.

This chart compares the Hollon Black Hawk gun safe series to other major safe brands. Only one well selling gun safe brand comes in less expensive, but you can see from the chart and (this video showing typical “bargain-brand” gun safe construction) that it’s build so cheaply it won’t protect it’s content.

Just some of the reasons the Hollon rifle safes blow away the competition:

  • Thicker steel on the side walls than all other comparable brands – by up to 29%
  • More weight per cubic foot of space than all other comparable brands – by up to 50%
  • Thicker security door bolts than all other comparable gun safes – up to 4X more area
  • Steel reinforced top shelf to carry the weight without bowing
  • Standard led light kit
  • 3 socket power outlet with usb connections to keep electronic items stored in the gun safe charged
  • Standard electronic lock with a 1 year warranty
  • Lifetime burglary and gun safe warranty

When it comes to those warehouse-brand safes, when you want a super cheap safe, super cheap is what you get. They will keep you kids out and protect from fire, and if that’s all you need, they will do. But if you want theft protection for the content that’s in that safe, you need something better.

See details of the Hollon Gun Safes on our Buy Safes Online shopping site. All safes are delivered curbside free.

Gun Safe Comparison Chart

Schlage NDE Wireless Access

Schlage NDE Wireless Access

We are loving this new card access lock from Schlage. At its price point, it’s one of the best card access locks available and feature rich. Full installation (parts and labor) for less than half of previous stand alone, card access systems with audit trail capability.

  • Replaces existing commercial-grade levers
  • Half the cost of traditional wireless access control for very affordable implementation
  • No wiring, no power supplies, always ready in case of power or network failure
  • Up to 5000 users
  • 2000 event access report (audit trail)
  • Add and control up to 100 locks
  • Wifi and Bluetooth enabled for access and programming from computer computer or smartphone
  • Send daily automatic updates from the cloud or manually from the app
  • 20,000 cycle battery life for up to two years of access
  • Supports schedules (enable and disable access based on time of day or date) with auto-lock or auto-unlock scheduling
  • Works with smart cards, FOBs, or proximity cards
  • Field reversible for left handled and right handed door
  • Weather resistant for exterior doors
  • Standard cylinder and IC Core format key override available
  • See Schlage NDE Lock FAQ

Bluetooth Wifi Lock

Schlage NDE Card Access Lock

New App Let’s Anyone Into Your Home or Business!

New App Let’s Anyone Into Your Home or Business!

This App Will Provide Anyone a Key to Your Home or Business

Just look at this chat with their company! KeyMe will send you an exact copy of a key from a simple photo. So I can snap a picture of anyone’s keys and have that key mailed directly to me. Voila! I’m in your home or your business.

Here’s how it works.

Say you have your keys lying on the counter, or on your desk at work, or on a table while out at dinner.

Who ever is with you, that new date from tinder (who you know virtually nothing about), the slightly more than jealous ex-girl/boy friend that you’re trying to be just friends with, a frenemy from work/school, or a disgruntled employee just snaps a quick photo of that key. They send it to the app and an exact copy of your key is mailed to them. BOOM! They have a key to your home or your business.

This is a gross violation of your safety! Why would they do this? Why would they risk it? They will also provide you the cuts to the key and say “take it to a locksmith to have the key made” for emergency situations.

I can tell you. WE WILL NOT BE CUTTING KEYS FROM THIS APP. I don’t know who that key is for. I can’t verify you have access rights to the property from a photo. If I cut that key, I’m putting you at risk. ACME Locksmith will not do it.

Shame on this company.

How Can You Protect Your Property?

This is not the only company offering keys made from photos. These services are popping up everywhere. Here’s what you can do:

  • The only way to stop this from happening for certain is to have you home placed on a keyway that is not available to these businesses. They can only perform this service for the most common keyways, not restricted keyways. Restricted keyways can only be copied by credible locksmith copies because they are not readily available.
  • Short of that, keep your keys hidden. Relationships fall apart, employees leave, etc….Don’t leave your keys out so someone can snap a picture.

Free Car Unlock Decal

Free Car Unlock Decal

Get you car unlock decal today.

Getting locked out of your car happens. It’s even happened to me and our field service drivers (trust me, there’s nothing more embarrassing than getting locked out when you’re a locksmith). The new vehicle proximity FOBS have not solved this problem. Yes, FOBs will automatically unlock your car when you approach and the car won’t lock if you’ve left your keys inside. But when you car or FOB battery dies, you’re locked out.

ACME Locksmith will unlock your car for free during our standard business hours within any of our service areas. Get you car unlock decal today.