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Mile High Locksmith is a locksmith company located in Denver, CO. We are an expert automotive company and we would like to share some useful information with you about what to do when you have lost your car keys and have no spare, or if you have lost your car keys and are worried about someone finding them and getting into and/or stealing your car.

First, you need to understand that there are many ways to change the keys to your vehicle or to have a new key made in a case where you have lost the keys to your vehicle. To begin with, we will break down your options if you are worried that someone will find your car key and will get into and/or steal your vehicle.

Here is what you can do:

  1. You can rekey your car door locks.
  2. You can rekey your car ignition.
  3. You can erase your car key electronic chip and reprogram your car key to a different code.

So which one is the best option? We recommend you chose option three. The reason is because it’s the most cost effective and the safest way to go. Let us explain why.
It doesn’t matter if you rekey your vehicle’s door locks. The vehicle manufactures intentionally make it not so difficult to unlock your vehicle’s doors whether you have the key or not. For safety reasons, the vehicle companies make it easy to unlock the doors. All you really need are the most simple tools. To unlock your vehicle’s doors, you just need to make a gap between the door and frame, take a long stick and press the unlock button. So, even if you change the locks on the doors, it will not really stop anyone from getting into your vehicle if they really want to. To rekey your ignition would also not be the best option for two reasons. The first reason is the cost. Ignitions on most vehicles are very expensive. They are also very difficult to work on. The question is why to open and change such a difficult part in the vehicle when it is not necessary at all? The second reason is if you are rekeying your ignition and not the doors, you will end up having two keys for your vehicle. One to lock and unlock the doors and another to start the vehicle.
This is why we recommend you reprogram your car key when you want to rekey your vehicle. Since 1997, most vehicle manufactures install anti theft systems into the vehicle’s ignition. This system, in simple words, has an antenna in the shape of a ring around the ignition locks and in addition, the car key has an electronic chip inside the key head. These two parts have to be able to communicate with each other in order to start the vehicle. With these two parts, you can register keys and erase keys with special equipment. The companies that normally carry this equipment are automotive locksmith companies and car dealerships.
For service, we recommend you call a few locksmith companies and car dealerships and shop around for prices.

First, be ready with your vehicle information. This information is the vehicle’s make, model and year. Second, if you are the owner of the vehicle, have your driver’s license or another form of ID, and the car title or registration or insurance card.

What to do if you lost your car key and have no spare and just want a new key made

If you are not the owner of the vehicle, you should get a letter or an email from the owner of the vehicle that authorizes you as the agent for the owner. Also, ask the owner of the vehicle to take a picture of their ID and send it to you and make sure they are available in case the technician making the new key needs to speak with them over the phone for further verification. Places that can make you a new car key will be an automotive locksmith or dealership. To save money, we recommend you shop around between locksmith companies and different dealerships. Keep in mind that most locksmith companies will come to your vehicle’s location and will be able to make you a working key right on spot. The dealership will ask you to come to them, and in most cases, tow the vehicle in.
If you have full coverage insurance, we highly recommend you call your insurance company and ask them what your options are. Losing your car key is not the same claim as an accident with an insurance company. Losing your car key is considered a part of the roadside services and will not increase your insurance rate. You will also not be liable for any deductible.
The last tip we want to provide you with is to check the rate for a second key to be made. In many cases, when you are making a key to your vehicle, it will cost half or even less than that to have a second key made at the same time.

Thank you for reading our blog. We hope you find the information here useful. If you have any other questions we did not answer here, please do not hesitate to leave them in the comment box. We will be happy to answer your questions.

Key copy

Losing your house keys is a common thing people do. Even more common than what you might think. As a locksmith company located in Denver, CO, we see many people day after day losing their house keys and after many years in the business and after rekeying many homes every day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, we have learned a thing or two about door locks and deadbolts for homes. We also know the options that you have in a case where you have lost your house keys. We would like to share with you some of this information and provide you with recommendations about how to rekey your house door locks quickly and easily. We will answer some questions such as who you should call, how to lower the cost, or even how to rekey your locks yourself. If you have lost your house keys we recommend you either use a locksmith to rekey your locks, (a locksmith is also a good option to use if you haven’t lost your keys but are only locked out), or go to your neighborhood hardware store and buy new door locks yourself.

Rekey Locksmith

Using a locksmith company to rekey your locks will be the easiest way to go. However, before you run to the phone and call a rekey locksmith company, be sure to know which locksmith company to call. There are a lot of good locksmith companies to use out there but some of them can get you and the final cost will have hidden fees and they could possibly even overcharge you by hundreds of dollars. We believe there shouldn’t be any hidden fees for rekeying services for house door locks.
To get away from these locksmith companies, first you need to understand rekeying locks is a pretty easy thing to do for a professional locksmith company. Parts cost only a few dollars and many times it is so easy to do that with the right tools you can even learn how to do it yourself in a very short time.
If the locksmith you call does not give you a total cost for rekeying your locks during the phone call, and if they mention something about the lowest service call and the lowest rekey fees in town plus “and up” fees, (by this we mean something like $15 and up for a service call), then we believe it is a big red flag.

Rekey house door locks

What are your options? To rekey locks or replace them, you can use a mobile rekey locksmith company. Using a locksmith company will provide you with the premium service, and yes it will cost more. We estimate that by using a locksmith company to rekey your house door locks, on average, it will cost you about $100 more than it would by doing it yourself. However, by using a locksmith company you will get professional service, the process will be fast and easy, and if your lock is broken, you will have an option to fix or replace it right away. Also, most locksmiths will care about your lock condition and will provide you with a warranty on their work. You will be worry free about rekeying your locks and will be able to focus on other stuff.

Another option will be to do some of the work yourself. Most of the house door locks are very easy to disassemble or install. Most of the house door locks will be held by only two screws, as you see in the picture, and you can easily remove the screws with a phillips screwdriver.

You can take the locks to your neighborhood locksmith shop and rekey them there for a lower fee than the premium service.

Another option and the first one we recommend you do, (if you are ready), is to do it yourself. This is a way to save some money. Instead of rekeying the locks though, you will be changing the locks to completely new door locks, and yes your locks will all still share the same key just like if you rekeyed them.
There are all kinds of types of door locks for homes like electronic door locks or simple door locks such as deadbolts and knobs. Whatever you decide to spend will be up to you. We recommend you read our, “cheapest way to rekey locks,” post, but as an idea we would like to tell you that most of the door locks for homes are very easy to change yourself and it is not always necessary to use a professional in order to get it done.

Front door lock change cost

Most of the house door locks for homes will cost anywhere from $7 to $40 in hardware stores. Keep in mind that many locksmiths will charge you about $60 for each new lock including the labor to install it. The most common locks you can find will be either Schlage or Kwikset locks. Most locks will come in a package of 1, 2, or 4 locks and the most common front door lock color you can find will be bright brass or bright nickel.

Jeep Compass key fob replacement

What should I do if I lost my Jeep keys? What are my options? Does my Jeep Compass keyless entry have a chip and if it does, can I program it myself? What is this chip? Mile High Locksmith is an expert car key locksmith company. If you are in Denver, CO, we can provide you with our services. If you are in a different city or state, you can still use the information we provide here.

Jeep Compass key fob programming

What is this chip? How can you program the Jeep remote? From 2007 until 2016, there are two electronic chips in your Jeep Compass keyless entry remote. The first chip and the most important one will be the chip for the anti theft security system. The second chip will be for your car alarm. If you lost your keys and have no spare, you need to understand the difference between the two to understand your options. We will try to break it down for you here.

The first chip is the anti theft security system chip. This chip is made only for the purpose to start the vehicle and has nothing to do with locking or unlocking your doors or your car alarm. Which one of your chips works on a battery? The chip that works on a battery is the car alarm chip. This chip has nothing to do with starting your vehicle. The only thing it does is lock and unlock your doors and controls the panic alarm. So if you have a key to your Jeep and the key doesn’t start the car, it has nothing to do with the Jeep keyless entry battery.

Now that you understand the difference between the two chips, these are your options of getting a new key in a case where you have lost your only key.

Your first option is to get a simple key without any push buttons. This key will still have the anti theft security system chip inside of it in order to start your vehicle. The key will be easy to recognize by its grey color as you can see in the picture.
The reason to use this key is to get a working key for a lower cost. Even if you use your lost key to lock your doors and enable your alarm, by programing this grey colored key, you will turn the alarm off and be able to start the vehicle. Then you will be able to lock and unlock your doors manually and the alarm will stay off.

Gray color of Jeep key
Gray color of Jeep - Dodge key - Y164-PT

Jeep Compass keyless entry

The second option will be to make a Jeep Compass keyless entry. This key will of course work exactly the same as the key you lost. It will have the push buttons on it and you will be able to use it to lock and unlock the doors and set up the alarm.

Rekey Jeep ignition

If you want to rekey your Jeep Compass, (in simple words, change the keys), you do not need to rekey your ignition cylinder. You can just reset your anti theft system code. By doing that, anybody that has or finds your old, lost key will be able to unlock the doors but not start the engine. Reprogramming your Jeep key will be a better way to rekey your Jeep.

How to program a Jeep Compass key

First, you cannot program a Jeep Compass key yourself, unless you already have two working keys with you and you want to program a third key. If you don’t have any keys or only have one working key for your Jeep, you will have to use either a locksmith, dealership or another professional in order to program any additional keys. If you do have two working, programed keys for your Jeep Compass, here is a short guide on how to program a third key:

  1. Insert one of the two keys you have that are already programed into the ignition lock and turn to the ON position.
  2. Leave the key in and on the ON position for about 10 seconds. Make sure to leave it for at least 5 seconds but do not leave it for more than 15 seconds. After about 10 seconds, turn the key back to the OFF position.
  3. Remove the first key and put in the second programmed key that you already have. Turn the key to the ON position. Make sure you do this within 15 seconds of taking the first key out. Also, make sure it is a different key then the first key.
  4. A theft alarm light should come on after about ten seconds
    and you will hear a sound that will indicate entry into the
    “Customer Programming Mode”.
  5. Within 60 seconds, turn the key to the OFF position and take it out.
  6. Now, put in your new key that you would like to program and turn it to the ON position.
  7. After about 10 seconds, you will hear the
    sound like you did before and the theft alarm light will turn off. Wait five
    seconds and turn the key to the OFF position.

Thank you for reading our blog. We hope that we answered your questions, but if not, we would like to provide you with any other information you need. You can post your questions in the comment box at the bottom of this page and we will reply as soon as we can.

Same key for all door locks

Cheapest way to rekey locks

Multiple locks with the same key

Rekeying house door locks is a very common service that most locksmith companies provide. However, did you know that you do not need to rekey your house door locks at all? You can actually change your own door locks. In many cases it can even cost less and you will get fresh, brand new locks on your door. By replacing your old locks with brand new locks you can take the opportunity to change the color of your locks if you would like, and maybe most importantly, you can get all the locks keyed to the same key. With a big thanks to places like The Home Depot, Lowes and Ace Hardware, finding house door locks is easy.

You might be wondering how you can have multiple locks with the same key. First, you need to know the most common house door lock manufacturers make lock sets with one, two or four locks per package. These packages will come with a key that will work on all the locks. You will even be able to make house key copies in most of these hardware stores. These manufactures are Kwikset, Schlage, Baldwin, and Defiant. There are other brands of locks, however, if you do decide to buy new locks yourself, these are the bands we recommend you look at first.

A common question is what do you do if you need more than four locks working with the same key? These manufactures have already thought this through for you. In every package there is a sticker with a code on it. In many cases the sticker will say “key,” or “key code,” and have a serial number on it. If you match the serial number between the packages, you will find the same keys work on all the locks.

After you know that you can get as many brand new locks as you want that work with the same key, the next question is, is it easy to replace them? Yes it is. First you need to understand that these manufactures are selling the locks to you, not to a professional locksmith. This means they are trying to make it easy to install them. Most locks such as deadbolts and knobs will come with an instruction booklet inside the package that will explain to you how to install the new locks. In most cases, each lock will have a total of four screws. You will need a Phillips head screwdriver and… that is about it. Before you become a professional locksmith, we want to give you a few more tips on how to install a door lock. First, if you have a power screwdriver we recommend you use it. Do not use the power screwdriver on the lock itself, but it is a good tool to use on the door or the door frame.

Tip: To avoid a difficult situation, try to get a new lock made by the same manufacture as your old lock. At least make sure they are the same size if not the same manufacture. This will help you avoid a situation where the new lock will not fit in the space that the old lock fit in.

Here is a quick guide on how to replace a door lock:

  • To remove the old lock, always start by removing the screws on the old knob or deadbolt. Next, remove the screws from the old latch. Now you should be able to remove the old lock. After you remove the old lock, you will be able to remove the old latch as well. You can decide if you want to remove or keep your old strike plate. In many cases you can just leave the old strike plate on the door frame.
  • To install the new lock, place the latch on the door and screw it in. When you place the latch on the door, look for the arrow with the word “up” on the latch to know the right direction to place the latch.
    Next, you can install the lock itself. The lock will only need two screws. Do not overtighten the screws on the lock.
  • After you have the lock on the door, you need to check to make sure the latch will go into the door frame. If not, open the door and put the lock on the lock position. Then simply take for example lipstick or something sticky, color the latch where it will hit the door frame, put the lock back to the unlock position and close the door. Then repeatedly lock and unlock the lock to have the latch mark it’s spot on the doorframe. Now you can adjust the plate on the door frame.

Thank you for reading our blog. If you are installing new locks on your door and you cannot find all the answers you need here, please leave your question in the comment box and we will reply to you as soon as possible.

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