A+ Mobile Locksmith FAQ

How long will it take for a locksmith to get to me?

This will depend on our locksmiths’ availability, your location and the services required. Some jobs are much easier to complete than others. For example, resolving a standard lockout is generally an easy task. Or, in the case that your key is locked inside of the vehicle, we can get you back on the road in 30-45 minutes from your initial call. Typically, you can expect a solution to any car key fiasco within 20 minutes to an hour.

How long will it take for a locksmith to open my car?

Typically, our locksmiths can open your car within 15 minutes of arriving at your location. Keep in mind, however, that the time needed may vary. European vehicles often feature a high-tech security system that requires more time to open your car. Also, if you’re keys are locked inside of your trunk, we may need additional time to find a solution.

Will my car be damaged when a locksmith opens it?

We are experienced professionals and do not anticipate any damage to your vehicle when opening your car. Rare circumstances, however, may lead us to believe that the vehicle could be damaged in the process. In this case, we will notify you and acquire your authorization before taking action.

How much will a professional locksmith cost?

Typically, you can expect the cost to be about $60 for a professional locksmith to open your vehicle. This price may vary depending on how far the technician had to travel. Additionally, there may be an added cost if you drive an exotic vehicle like a Bentley or Lamborghini.

How long does it take to get a key duplicated?

For most foreign and domestic vehicles with basic security, key duplication usually takes 15 minutes to duplicate and 30 minutes to reprogram the key. Cars with more sophisticated security systems, like Porsche, Bentley, and Maserati, could take four to 24 hours to duplicate.

When are you available?

Our locksmith services are available 24 hours a day. So whenever you need us, we’ll be there for you. You can also come to us from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. We are closed on Sundays.

Do I have to go to my dealer to duplicate my key?

Generally, no! This is good news, as your dealer will be pricier and cause more of a hassle for you. We can duplicate most automotive keys on the market. There are a few exceptions, however. For the latest models, manufacturers may have yet to release the key codes to third party locksmiths. In these cases, you might need to make a visit to your dealer. However, it is likely that you can simply call on us for a far simpler experience!

I have a key that says “Do Not Duplicate.” Is it still possible to get a duplicate?

Absolutely! This warning requires your authorization for duplication. We are therefore obligated to confirm of your ownership of the keys with proof of ID. Additionally, you’ll need to sign a form with the information required by the state of California for these instances. Though it requires a few extra steps, this protocol promotes the safety of you and your vehicle.

What is the difference between key cutting and key duplicating?

To duplicate a key, you will need to have the original and working key on hand. It is always a good idea to have a spare key. If you don’t, consider making a duplicate immediately. Key cutting, however, does not require that you have a physical key. It merely is done according to your particular key code released by the manufacturer. This is how we can recreate a lost or damaged key!

Why is it important to choose a licensed locksmith?

This is extremely important. In the state of California, locksmiths are required to submit a criminal history background check to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and receive approval. In consideration of their special access to key duplication, you must only rely on a licensed locksmith.

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