It’s the little things that make most people really lose their temper, and of the things that can put a damper on your day and get you ready to speak in a fashion no one’s mother would approve of is losing your keys.

It can make a good day bad and turn a deadline into something which you can see fading away into the past.

Of course, if you have cash or a card (or the right kind of roadside insurance) there is an answer at hand. There are locksmiths nearly anywhere you travel, and in the bigger cities it is not unusual to find that they are available 24 hours a day.

Very little can fill you with more relief than seeing the locksmith pull up. Whether it is your house or your car, being locked out of what is yours is just a horrible way for the day to get worse.

Especially with today’s ultra-technical car keys and car door locks, it is almost impossible to get into a modern car with a coat hanger.

If you have actually lost your keys, it is an even more harrowing experience. In the past, the only place to replace your car keys was at the dealership, and they could and did charge whatever they wanted to, many times in the hundreds of dollars.

One thing that has been a boon is that these smart keys have now been in use for years, and the locksmith industry has begun making inroads into this area.

Gone are the days when you had to go to the dealer for a key, now a well provisioned locksmith should have all the major brands of keys that will operate your vehicle.

With locksmiths the quality of advertising can be an indicator of the quality of service. This does not hold true for many professions, but the professional locksmith takes great pride in his work and his name and reputation.

A good locksmith is going to go out of his way to make sure their company is represented well in all the advertising that that occurs, whether it is on the internet or the Yellow Pages. A shady dealer just is not going to take the effort necessary to do that.

The ability of locksmith companies to replace what was the purview of car lots has caught up to technology. In modern car keys (since about 2007 and 2008 or so), there is a coded chipset in the keys you were given at the dealership. With these keys it is not just a matter of having the right shape of the key.

If the electronic code does not match, the car’s engine computer will not allow it to start.

This is an excellent theft prevention tool, but it has also been a major headache for consumers when they lost their keys. This is why for many years only car companies could supply you with a replacement key that actually worked.

Thankfully, that is not the case anymore. Locksmiths now have mobile key replacement solutions for any auto manufacturer.

If you have accidentally locked your keys out of your car, or even worse lost the last set you had don’t panic – just call your local locksmith!

Authors Bio:

jPinot writes about many technical and security issues, and always uses a professional locksmith when he needs new keys!