Ignition Lock Repairs

Onsite Ignition Lock Repairs. Don’t Tow It. Call us.

  • Key Won’t Turn Ignition
  • Ignition Key Won’t go In
  • Key Stuck In the Ignition
  • Ignition Lock Stuck On
  • Key Turns Ignition – No Dashlights
  • Ignition Lock Jammed
  • Broken Key in Ignition
  • Ford Ignition Switch Replacement
  • Ignition Barrel Replacement
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Onsite Auto Ignition Repair in Melbourne

You’re having problems with your ignition lock and can’t start your car. It has probably been giving you problems for a month or 2 and you were too busy and decided to ignore it, or you got distracted and haven’t got around to calling someone yet.

A jammed ignition lock is a very frustrating experience that is more common on Holden Commodores, Hondas and VW’s, but any make & model can break for various reasons. When it does break, Murphy gurantees that it always happens for maxmimum inconvenience, exactly when you want to use the car, and usually after you’ve left home.

These things rarely have just happen suddenly without warning. If your ignition lock hasn’t failed yet but is playing up, then we urge you to CALL US NOW before it breaks down completely leaves you stranded somewhere, cold, wet and dark.

Fortunately, 24h Melbourne Locksmith offers prompt and reliable car ignition repair & key replacement services, providing a solution to all your ignition problems. As The Ignition Lock Experts in Melbourne, our highly trained auto locksmiths can quickly get you on the road again.

We can attend where you want us, when you want us, with a genuine Melbourne-wide, 24/7 roadside car ignition repair service. If we’re unable to repair your ignition lock to resolve the issue, we keep stock of the most common ignitions found in Australia, ready for speedy replacement.

We can attend where you want us, when you want us, with a genuine Melbourne-wide, 24/7 roadside car ignition repair service. If we’re unable to repair your ignition lock to resolve the issue, we keep stock of the most common ignitions found in Australia, ready for speedy replacement.

We work out of our fully equipped vans and can also cut and program spare keys to your car. If you need a spare key to your car, please visit our car keys page.

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Top 5 Most Common Ignition Lock Problems in Australia

Throughout our years of experience, we’ve found that there are certain makes and models that require car ignition repair or ignition key replacement more frequently. Here is a non exhaustive list of the most common.

1. Holden Commodore Ignition Locks, 1988 – 2007 VN thru VZ

Does your Holden key look like this?

  • Key wont turn?
  • Key wont go in?
  • Car wont turn off?
  • Key turns but no dash lights come on?
  • Key turns on and back but car or dash lights stay on?

If you’re having any of these problems that are so common in Holden Commodores,

DON’T TOW IT, WE CAN HELP YOU!Call 0435 247 999

Why is my Holden Commodore Ignition Lock Broken?

These cars were made between 1988 and 2007, and there are still thousands on the road today. The ignition locks have a number of design flaws which virtually guarantee that almost every single Holden Commodore over 10 years old has had (or will need very soon) a replacement ignition barrel.

The problems are most commonly:

  • worn wafers along with a worn key that are a long way from what they were when they left the factory;
  • or the tail piece that goes into the electrical switch breaks for no apparent reason;
  • or the retaining pin can break thru the side of the barrel.

How will we fix your Commodore Ignition?

Whatever the problem with yours, we will remove your faulty barrel even if it doesn’t turn to ACC. This is most DIYers get stuck. We then replace it with a BRAND NEW OEM Barrel from GM, “key it up” to your original key,and install it into the ignition lock housing.

That means you won’t need a new key to start the car, and can still use the old key that’s held together with chewing gum and duct tape. We used to repair these for slightly less than replacement, but we found that replacement is far more reliable than repair, and costs only marginally more.

This is by far the most common ignition lock we replace. At a recent staff meeting, our 4 senior locksmiths (10years+) were asked to estimate how many of these they had replaced in their careers. They all said “well over 100”.

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HOW ABOUT A LIFETIME WARRANTY?

We give a LIFETIME WARRANTY on every commodore ignition done. Yes that’s right, a LIFETIME WARRANTY. We expressly guarantee that for as long as you continue to own the car and use the same keys, if you ever have any problems with your ignition lock again ever, we will come out and replace it AGAIN, free of charge. You can’t beat that.

Prices for Holden Ignition Replacement start from as low as $279 and come with a LIFETIME WARRANTY.

2. Honda Ignition Locks

Does your Honda key look like this?

  • Key wont turn?
  • Key wont go in?
  • Key worn?
  • Key difficult to Insert?

If you are experiencing any of these common Honda Ignition Lock Problems then

YES WE CAN HELP YOU!Call 0435 247 999

We’ve seen & repaired so many Honda Ignitions that we have lost count. Honda switched to this type of high 4 Track Sidewinder Key all the way back in 2003 and have installed them in nearly ALL MODELS of Honda sold in Australia all the way up to 2017. This includes; Accord, Civic, Jazz, CR-V, CR-Z, Insight, Accord Euro, City, Legend, Integra, and probably a few more that I’ve forgotten for now.

Why is my Honda Ignition Lock Broken?

Honda makes great cars and bikes in general, and their security is no exception. When the locks are new, they are excellent. But they got a little carried away, and turned each security wafer in the lock into two, making it even more mechanically complex and prone to failure.

These little wafers have an incredibly small bearing surface (belly) that rides on the edge of the cut key every time that the key goes in and out and while you are driving along bumpy roads. The “bellies” of these wafers get worn down over time and subsequently don’t sit at the correct height when the key is inserted and then the key doesn’t turn.
In the TOP & BOTTOM RIGHT are the only “new” wafers in this image. All the rest have been worn down from repeated insertion and withdrawl of the key, and it is quite easy to spot the difference.

Worn Keys

The other problem that occurs with these is that the key gets too worn to operate properly.The “bellies” of the wafers get so worn down that they don’t get picked up by the track of the key upon insertion, but instead they get squished against the side of their chambers, and scratch their way up the key, inducing further wear on key & wafer as the customer repeatedly & forcefully, tries to force the key into the lock.

If your Honda key is difficult to insert, STOP NOW. You are only doing more damage to the key and the wafers. Instead, grab a little INOX / RP7 / WD40 lubricant or equivalent and give it a LITTLE spray, don’t drown it. Then, hold your tongue on the roof of your mouth, and GENTLY try again to insert your key to see if it works. If it does, great, you’ve just bought yourself another day / week / month to get it fixed. Don’t wait for it to happen again though. Get it fixed ASAP.

If your key is difficult to insert into the lock, then you need a new key cut by code also, in order to prevent further damage to the lock and new wafers once it is repaired.

This image above is a close up of the difference between a worn Honda Key on the RIGHT and a new Honda Key cut by code on the LEFT. The key on the left has crisp, sharp, angles on its cuts with smooth and straight 90 degree corners, while the key on the right is curved and rounded and not sharply defined on its edges.

How will we fix your Honda Ignition?

Ready made, new spare barrels and keys are not available from Honda, nor from any 3rd party supplier, so we must repair these locks in situ.

The plastic cowling around the igntion must 1st be removed, then all the cables and switched surrounding the immobiliser reader ring removed also. Then if we are extremely lucky we may be able to remove the roll pin that holds the barrel in without having to remove the whole housing, but if the gods are not on our side that day, then then the shear off bolts have to removed.

These pesky little things have been specifically designed to be very difficult to remove, in order to make it harder for thieves. However we have a very special technique that involves years of experience, finesse, and brute force. We’ll get them out, sans airbag explosion, we guarantee it.

Once we’ve got the barrel out, we disassemble it to its constituent components, and replace the worn out and faulty wafers.

If needed, we’ll also cut a new key. All of our vans stock Honda Key Shells which allows us to cut a new key blade only, and simply transfer all the essential electronic components of your old key (with the worn out blade) to the new key shell which has been cut to code.

Whatever the problem with your Honda Igntion Lock, you can be assured that we can get you rolling again in no time without you having to tow the car or wait for days at the mechanic.

AGAIN WITH THE LIFETIME WARRANTY? YES!

If we supply & cut new keys / keyshells at the same time as the repair, then we give a LIFETIME WARRANTY on the repairs and keys, for as long as you own the car. If you have any problems with the key or the ignition, for as long as you own the car, we will come and fix it again for free.
Sometimes the state of the key has absolutely nothing to do with why you’re having problems, but a worn Honda Key is sometimes a significant contributor to the problem, often even the main cause. If you do or do not require a new key, you will be told by our lockmith onsite who will be able to demonstrate to you why. We don’t replace keys just to make extra money on the job.

If you do NOT NEED a new key and we repair the barrel only, then we offer 12 MONTH WARRANTY under the same terms. If you have any problems with it again within 12months, we will come and fix it again for free.

Prices for Honda Ignition Repair, start from $299 With a new Honda Key Cut for only $69 extra & you get a LIFETIME WARRANTY.

3.Toyota Igntion Locks, 1996–2016

Does your Toyota key look like this?

  • Key wont go in?
  • Key wont turn?
  • Key wont turn back?
  • Broken Key?

If you are having any of the above Toyota Ignition Lock Problems, then

YES WE CAN HELP YOU!Call 0435 247 999

This type of key & ignition lock is used across nearly all models in the Toyota range since 1998 and we have extensive experience repairing these locks.

Why is my Toyota Ignition Lock Broken?

Like Hondas, the most common cause of problems in these locks is caused by split wafers being worn out and or broken.

Back in 1996, Toyota thought it would be agood idea to take the standard lock wafer (left) and cut it down the middle to make 2 independent wafers from it(right).

Sounds good ? More security wafers = more security right? Possibly, but in our experience, it just equals more Toyota Ignition Locks that break down, especially in work vehicles subject to dust, like 4WDs,Vans & Utes.

These locks get filled with gunk over the years, and the small bearing surface on the wafers and key gets worn down by pushing the key in and out. This causes these split wafers inside to get jammed preventing either the key from going in, or the barrel from turning.

Worn Keys

Worn Keys can be the cause of the problem in the 1st place. As you drive around with a proverbial brick hanging off your key ring, the weight of the keys pulls them down against the inside of the lock. Then when you go over those speed humps at pace with scant regard for your tyres, suspension, baby in the back seat or your poor keys, your key ring jiggles up and down, over and over again, shaving a little by little off the key until the result is like in this image on the left. A worn down key doesn’t lift up the tumblers to the correct heights and therefore makes it difficult if not impossible to turn the ignition lock.

How will we fix your Toyota Igntion?

These split wafers have been installed in literally thousands of Toyotas in hundreds of different models around the world. All of these ignition barrels and housings are different and are not interchangeable, between the models so that the Camry Ignition Lock wont fit into the Hilux Ignition Barrel won’t fit into the Land Cruiser Housing and so forth.

The result is that we musty carry what spare keys, parts, and tumblers that we can, and make it work with some good old fashioned auto locksmithing.

The barrel must be turned to the ACC position to allow disasembly of the lock. If it won’t turn, then it makes it’s removal challenging to say the least. So as a 1st step we will lube and jiggle your key with persistance for a good while in an effort to get it to turn at least once. If it turns once, we can skip the (long and painful) step where we have to use our super secret squirrel technique to remove the whole housing from the column, by unscrewing the shear off bolts that are designed NOT to be unscrewed.

Once we’ve got the barrel out, we can disassemble to its finest pieces and we can replace the worn and or jammed wafer in the barrel.

Worn Keys

Worn Keys can be the cause of the problem in the 1st place. As you drive around with a proverbial brick hanging off your key ring, the weight of the keys pulls them down against the inside of the lock. Then when you go over those speedhumps with scant regard for your poor keys, your keyring jiggles up and down, over and over again.

The result is like in this image on the left. A worn down key doesn’t lift up the tumblers to the correct heights and therefore makes it difficult if not impossible to turn the ignition lock.

Fortunately, all our vans stocked with OEM and aftermarket Toyota Key blades & Shells, and are equipped to cut them by code, onsite, by the roadside. We then simply transfer all the essential electronic components of your old key (with the worn out blade) to the new keyblade & shell.

LIFETIME WARRANTY AGAIN? YES!

If we supply & cut new keys / key shells at the same time as the repair, then we give a LIFETIME WARRANTY, for as long as you own the car. If you have any problems with the key or the ignition of your Toyota, for as long as you own the car, we will come and fix it again for free.

Sometimes the state of the key has absolutely nothing to do with why you’re having problems, but a worn Toyota key is sometimes a significant contributor to the problem, often even the main cause. If you do or do not require a new key, you will be honestly told by our locksmith onsite who will be able to demonstrate to you why. We don’t replace keys just to make extra money on the job.
If you do NOT NEED a new key and we repair the barrel only, then we offer 12 MONTH WARRANTY under the same terms. If you have any problems with it again within 12months, we will come and fix it again for free.

Prices for Toyota Ignition Repair only, start from $299 and come with a 12 MONTH WARRANTY.With a new Toyota Key Cut if needed for only $69 extra, you get a LIFETIME WARRANTY.

4.Ford Ignition Switch. BA–BF Falcon & SX – SY Territory

  • Key turns but car won’t start?
  • Key doesn’t spring back?
  • Dashboard lights doing strange things?
  • Car won’t turn off?

If you are having ANY of the above Ford Ignition Lock Problems, then

DON’T TOW IT, WE CAN HELP YOU!Call 0435 247 999

It’s easy to tell when it’s a problem with this car’s ignition switch and not in the key or the lock barrel itself. The key will still physically turn in the lock, but the electrics won’t funtion properly, so the car won’t start or it won’t stop, or the dashlights might start flashing around like a Xmas tree. 99 out of 100 times with the Ford’s it is the switch & not the lock.

Why is my Ford Ignition Switch Broken?

The original switch housing was badly designed and poorly made, so the crimping has a tendency to come loose, which allows the plastic wiring harness to fall off the back of the switch and the ball bearings and copper plates to fall out.

This switch is installed at the back of the lock housing which is cast as part of the steering column. The switch housing itself is “permanently” installed into the lock & steering column by way of cotter pins and crimping which make it very difficult to remove if you don’t have the right tools, experience, & luck from the gods.

This is a VERY common problem that is known to Ford, mechanics, auto electricians and locksmiths alike. The Ford & mechanics’ solution is to tow the car to the workshop, remove the steering column, and replace it with a new one, ($1000-$1500) or one from a wrecker. ($750 – $1250)
Either of those solutions leaves still leaves you to tow the car, AND, be off the road for a couple of days at least.

How will we fix your Ford Ignition?

We fully repair these by the roadside without removal of the column, usually even that same day!

There are so many of these on Australian roads that we carry spare switch housings for these cars in all of our vans all the time.

The difficult part of the job is removing the old broken switch housing from the lock. We do this use of a special removal tool specifically designed for this one job only.

We then take a brand new redesigned switch housing, re-assemble the electrical components inside, and re-crimp the edges over.

Then, we install that fully rebuilt ignition switch and wiring harness, install it into the lock and steering column, re connect all the wires and she is good to go.The end result is a fully functional ignition switch & lock that is superior to the old design.

LIFETIME WARRANTY YES!

We are so confident of our Ford Ignition Switch Repairs, that we give a LIFETIME WARRANTY with every repair we do on these cars. If you ever have any problems with the switch, for as long as you own the car, we will come and repair or replace it again for free.
You can’t beat that.

Prices for Ford Ignition Switch Repair start from as low as $489 fully installed and all come with a LIFETIME WARRANTY

5.Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, Mini, & SEAT

  • Key goes in wont turn?
  • Key turns halfway but won’t start?
  • Key won’t turn off?
  • Key won’t go in?
DON’T TOW IT, WE CAN HELP YOU!Call 0435 247 999

German engineering is usually excellent. Something has gone wrong since the heady days of the ME262.

The fault is usually not in the barrel, it’s in the steering lock housing itself. This problem is common enough that it ensures that a significant number of these cars will develop a fault in their lifetime. Usually the key will go in happily, and will turn just enough to release the steering lock, but turn no further. In this section we are NOT talking about the well-known problem with the Switch that VW issued an Official recall for. We specifically repair/replace these where the barrel, key, or housing has failed.

Why is my VW Ignition Lock Broken?

Unlike other cars where the problem is consistently the same, with this family of cars we see a number of different problems that come up.

Most commonly it is the Ignition Lock Housing which causes the issue.
This is the part that locks the steering wheel, holds the ignition lock barrel, and ignition switch together.
One of the pins inside this mechanism snaps off from the casting and falls in between the barrel and the locking bar, making it impossible to fully rotate the cylinder and turn the switch. In these cases, our only recommendation is to replace the Ignition Lock Housing.

If it’s not the Ignition Lock Housing, then the next most common problem is in the Ignition Lock Barrel and key. Like all other ignition lock barrels in the world, the key bumps up and down in the lock as you go over bumpy roads and over the years, voila you have a faulty lock barrel. Depending on how bad the wear is, and how much can be salvaged, it normally possible to repair & re wafer these barrels rather than replace them. The difficult part is that the electronic reader ring is permanently affixed to the barrel and is very sensitive to damage, so we have to be really really careful.

How will you fix my VW Ignition?

This of course depends on the fault. As stated earlier, the housings are more prone to breakdown than the barrel so we will address a typical VW Ignition Housing Replacement.
Like many Auto Ignition Locks Housings, they are held onto the steering column by way of shear off bolts. These annoying little bolts are designed to screw in, and then snap off the heads making them almost impossible to unscrew.

To make things worse, in the VAG designs they are guarded from any angular attack by a series of rings and plates. This means that the only way to get them out is to drill them out, which is very hard because you have the steering wheel, indicators and windscreen in your way. Through years of experience, ancient esoteric knowledge, and a lot of luck, we are able to remove these bolts without major fuckup. Yes we used the word fuck up here, because if this part of the process goes wrong, it’s a major fuckup. We also want to see if you’re actually reading this.

Once we have the bolts out, the Ignition Lock Housing can be removed from the column. If you have been reading up a bit, you would know that the barrel must be turned in order to be peacefully removed from the faulty housing. If you could peacefully turn the barrel, you wouldn’t have needed us in the 1st place. With some gentle persuasion, the still good barrel can be removed from the faulty housing.

There was nothing peaceful about this Housing’s reluctance to release the barrel. So it was cut in literally cut in half to free it.

Once we have the still good barrel out of the faulty housing, we install it into the new housing, and re install the housing and complete lock assembly back into the car.

Why we replace and don’t repair these VW Ignition Lock Housings.

The reason we replace and not repair is not to make more money, but because of the warranty issue.
There are some out there that say they have a reliable method to repair these. And they may have valid claim, but we don’t repair them. Let me explain why.

To fully repair or replace one of these is a heavy & expensive job. The locks are designed to be VERY DIFFICULT to remove, and 80% of the total work is in removing the lock from the car. At the point of re installing, the price between a new and a repaired Ignition lock housing is only about 20% of the total price. We feel that the benefit of the money saved is not worth the risk of the repairs going bad and having to do it again. We give a LIFETIME GUARANTEE on all of our VW Ignition jobs, and if we repaired these instead of replaced, then we would certainly have to lower that amount of time. For those reasons, we only replace them with like for like, genuine VW OEM parts

LIFETIME GUARANTEE

Yes that’s right; we give a LIFETIME GUARANTEE on all our VW Ignition Repairs. For as long as you own the car, if you ever have any problems, we will come and fix it again for free. You can’t beat that.

Prices for Volkwagen Ignition Repair start from as low as $385 and come with a LIFETIME WARRANTY.VW Igntion Housing Replacement is significantly more expensive due to the cost of OEM parts, and every model is different. Give us a call to ask about yours.

ALL OTHER MAKES & MODELS

This top 5 list is by no means exhaustive, nor is it the limit of the Ignition Locks we repair or replace every single day. If your car is not listed here, then don’t stress, we probably still repair it or know someone who does. If you have any problems with our ignition lock, in any make of car.

DON’T TOW THE CAR, GIVE US A CALL, I’M SURE WE CAN HELP YOU!Call 0435 247 999

Revolutionarily Simple Booking Process Call Us.

Need prompt assistance? We offer a revolution in our booking process to reduce the stress and hassle. Simply give us a call 24/7 to speak directly with our specialist auto locksmith. Our phones are answered by actual auto locksmiths who personally do the job and can intelligently discuss all the options regarding your ignition lock problem. It won’t be answered by some bozo in a call centre that will have to call you back or divert you thru to tech support or spare parts.

Know the Model or the Number Plate.

Our Specialist Auto Locksmith almost always will start by asking the make, model and year of the car. If you’re unsure, please have the number plate on hand when you call. We have the digital resources that enable us to talk to Vic Roads and determine the exact details of the car from the numberplate as long as it is registered in Victoria.

Simple Questions about the Ignition Lock & Key

He will then ask some very specific questions regarding the lock and key. These questions may sound silly and might not make much sense to you, but they help us when trying to diagnose an ignition lock fault over the phone, so try to answer them as accurately as possible. He might even ask for photos depending on the situation.

Get a Guranteed Fixed Quote

From the car details and the description of the problem, we will give you a fixed quote to fix it over the phone.

Or depending on the situation, possibly the quote will be between 2 prices. For example, we may quote “between $250 – $300” Or in the event that we can’t give you a fixed quote, sometimes we will give you two quotes. The first will be to repair the lock if it’s possible, and the second will be to replace the lock if we can’t repair it.

Guaranteed Fixed Quote or You Don’t Pay.

99 times out of a 100, this quote will not change. However, auto ignition repair is not a simple thing and there are many things that can go wrong.

If we get on site and discover that things are not as discussed and we have to amend our quotation, then you’re under no obligation to accept the new quote or to pay for the old one. Simply put, if we don’t get the results promised for the price quoted, then you don’t pay anything.

No shady charges.

Nothing we do is kept a secret − everything is made to be transparent as possible. We do not arbitrarily decide to replace your locks just to make more money. If you want peace of mind, you’re welcome to observe the entire process. If we have to do repairs of ABC, or replace it because of XYZ, then it will be carefully explained and shown to you why such an action is the best option to take.

Auto Ignition Locks are Great

Most people don’t think twice when they hop into their car, turn the key in the ignition lock and drive away. They usually have done this hundreds of times without a problem. We forget all about our ignition locks until there is a problem, and then we have to remember 2 things about them to have some appreciation for what these wonderful mechanical devices do for us:

1. Ignition locks on cars have to do a lot of complex things at once.
They are expected to; Physically secure the steering wheel from rotation; Operate a 3 pole electrical switch; Operate with the correct key and ONLY the correct key; Be resistant to attempts of unauthorised tampering and still function with the correct key; Be strong enough to stop attempted force.

2. Ignition locks are subject to more wear and tear than any other lock in the car.
Why is this so? Traditional ignition locks are designed in such a way so the key is trapped in the lock whilst the car is running. While the car is being driven, the road is never perfectly free of bumps, potholes and speed humps, as well as the car continuingly accelerating and braking. The forces that these manoeuvres generate transfer through the key and into the components of the lock. Put simply, when you go over a bump in the road, the key will jiggle a little bit. Every time that key jiggles alittle bit, it shaves off a tiny sliver of the brass. Now multiply that sliver by every single bump you drove over today. Then multiply that by every single day that you’ve had the car. That’s way more wear and tear than any mere door lock.

The Weight of Your Car Keys

Now please turn your attention to your key ring. How many extra keys have you got on there? If you’re anything like the typical Aussie, then on the same key ring as your car key, you probably also have:

  • Another 5 keys for your house
  • Your partner’s car keys
  • A building entry fob
  • A gym pass
  • A trolley token
  • And a picture of your dog

Or in other words, you’re hanging a brick off your car keys while driving down bumpy dirt roads.
Over time, those jiggles add up to a key that won’t turn in the ignition and a car that won’t start. Even if you’re not hanging anything off your car key while you’re using it, the car manufacturers will often allege that this is the reason car ignition repair is necessary.

Auto Locksmith Scams

There are no real “cheap” locksmiths, especially not ones that work on Auto Ignition Locks.

Beware of anyone charging to “come and have a look” at your ignition − especially if they quote you “$45 and up”. Real Auto Locksmiths can tell you with 99% accuracy, what the problem is from your description over the phone and can quote accordingly.

Auto ignition repairs cannot be carried out by just anyone claiming to be a locksmith. It’s not the same as getting a key copied or getting your front door opened when you’re locked out. It’s a highly specialised job that requires extensive knowledge and training, and a dodgy job can seriously affect your safety.

There are a number of conmen scammers in Melbourne and the world, claiming to be auto locksmiths. They quote ridiculously low prices for car ignition lock repair, knowing that usually the client is stuck. They estimate low prices to suck the client in, and then they invent complications once they’re on site. The bill just goes up and up, and worse, the client doesn’t even get their lock repaired properly. They get some inferior modification that could lead to the car being stolen, or even worse − the steering wheel locking up on the freeway at 110km/h., leading to an accident.

You do not need that in your life. To avoid these scammers:

Do not hire anyone that will not give you a fixed quote before they start.Do not hire anyone who won’t give you full guarantee.Do not hire anyone who leaves you with any doubt at all about their credentials.

The average car ignition repair or lock replacement job takes around 2-3 hours and costs between $250 and $500. If it’s just the key that needs re-cutting, then the price could be as low as $180 in some situations. But it will never ever be as low as $45. Anyone quoting anything significantly under or over these prices is a probably a scammer and we advise you to steer well clear of them or you’ll be sorry.  You have been duly warned. Click here for more info.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a typical jammed ignition cost to fix?

For the most common jobs and models, we have a fixed price for repair or replacement, depending on the time of day, while for others, we will need to know the make, model and year of the car, and the nature of the problem in order to accurately quote you. For example

  • Replace 2005 Commodore ignition 10am Monday = $279
  • Replace 2010 Astra Ignition 10am Monday = $385
  • Repair 2004 Lancer ignition 10am Monday = $329
  • Repair 2013 Honda Ignition 10 am Monday = $329

This may sound expensive, but remember we come to you and fix the problem there and then, negating any need to tow the car away and get an Uber or Taxi. When you factor in extra costs like these, our auto ignition repair service ends up much cheaper overall, and with far less hassle.

How much is a new key if required?

You will be quoted to repair or replace the ignition lock with the key that you have. Sometimes a new key is the only thing required. If you require ignition key replacement in order to resolve the problem, then this is included in the price quoted.

YES WE CAN HELP YOU! Don’t Tow It. Call us! *Lifetime Guarantee on Every Job*Call 0435 247 999

How much is a spare key if I want one?

Every car is different, and price can depend on the make, model and year, whether its diesel or petrol, and the type of key. There are literally thousands of cars and keys out there, and some are harder to make keys for than others. If you need a spare key, ask our locksmith who will be able to better advise you. You can also check out our car keys page to read more.

How long will I have to wait?

That depends on your location and the situation. We have dedicated auto locksmiths that answer our phone and can advise you on how long you’ll have to wait. At the time of booking, you will be given an ETA of the locksmith’s arrival and his direct phone number, confirmed by SMS. This generally will be a 15 minute arrival window, e.g. 20 – 35 minutes depending on location and traffic conditions.

Can I pay with a credit card?

Yes. You can pay with Visa, AMEX or MasterCard.

Can you send me a bill after the job is done?

No. All services must be paid for upon completion, unless arranged prior with the management.  We accept Cash, or Visa, AMEX, MasterCard.

I have resolved the problem and I now want to cancel. Do you have a cancellation charge?

Upon confirmation of the job, you will be notified by text that you have 15 minutes to cancel our service with no charge. After 15 minutes of that text, any cancellation will be charged at $99.00inc GST regardless of whether any work has been performed by us or not. If you have to cancel our service after 15 minutes, it’s no problem for us, but you will be charged $99.00 in GST.

Is there a guarantee on your work?

Absolutely. We have the best car ignition repair warranty in the world. We guarantee our auto ignition repairs for at least 12 months, or for as long as you own the car. That’s right − a lifetime warranty, as long as you own the car. You just can’t beat that.

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