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Automotive Services

KEY ORIGINATION (New Car Keys)

Lost your car keys? We can come to you and originate new ones. We can work on both transponder equipped keys (in most newer models, with only a few exceptions) and non-transponder keys . If you just need your car keys copied, you can stop by our shop in Vista for the service.

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CAR KEY COPYING

Car key duplication is significantly cheaper than complete replacement of car keys. If you consistently find yourself in a situation with lost car keys, it’s a very good idea to get duplicate car keys made ahead of time. Not only will this keep you from getting stuck somewhere with no keys, it will also ease the burden on your wallet. A spare car key is significantly less than getting a new key, in case you lose your keys often its always a great idea to get a duplicate. Do yourself a favor and call us or come to our location to get fast and affordable car key duplication.

 

CAR LOCKOUTS (UNLOCKING)

American Locks & Locks’ car locksmith service is available 24 hours a day. Our technicians are fully insured and provide fast and reliable service at affordable prices.

Car door locks are ever-changing and increasingly complicated – but our various methods of car door unlocking remain as safe as using a key. In addition, our service eliminates the need for costly key replacement and unnecessary duplications.

The complex lockouts we specialize in include keys locked in the trunk of vehicles equipped with high-security laser cut systems, such as, Mercedes Benz and BMW.

 

 

KEYLESS ENTRY REMOTES

Key fobs and car entry remotes allow drivers to lock, unlock, open the trunk and set off the alarm of their car from a distance. We provide new keyless entry remotes as well as duplicate your original one for a wide range of vehicles.

 

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LOCK REPAIR & INSTALLATION

If you’re looking for a professional to repair a broken lock on your car or truck, look no further. We repair broken locks or keys from cars and trucks and remove broken locks from the locks of your car and cut new keys from broken keys.

At American Locks & Keys, our car lock repair technicians are very thoroughly trained, and are outfitted with the most up-to-date car lock technologies to get the job done right. So next time you need a car lock repaired, think American Locks & Keys.

 

DOOR & IGNITION REKEYING

When you lose your keys and are afraid that someone will find them and use them to gain access to your vehicle, you should have the locks and ignition rekeyed as soon as possible.

We rekey the door locks and ignition to a new key(s) so that your lost ones, if found, will not be able to open the vehicle and/or start the car. In vehicles equipped with a transponder system, this includes erasing your lost keys and programming new ones.

 

 

ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE

Whenever you need it, we provide Roadside Assistance for emergencies. For lockouts, key making and other related issues, please call your insurance provider or auto club and refer us to them. We currently serve customers of the following providers.

  • Allstate
  • Road America
  • GEICO
  • Agero
  • United States Automobile Club (USAC)
  • Qwest Network
  • Progressive Insurance Company
  • Farmers’ Insurance
  • United States Automobile Association (USAA)
  • American Travelers Motor Club (ATMC)
  • and most of the major vehicle manufacturers

If your insurance provider is currently not listed above, please call them and enquire as to whether they accept our invoices.

Residential Services

HOUSE REKEYING

American Locks & Keys has been providing valuable protection to families in the area for almost 30 years with our home re-keying services. Re-keying provides protection at a fraction of the cost and the peace of mind of knowing your home is secure.

Through the process of changing house locks, we change the cylinder to generate completely new keys so that your old ones will not work anymore. This will give you peace of mind with the added security. It will also allow you to get back in to your house without having to break a window.

 

RESIDENTIAL MASTER KEYING

A master key is designed to open a set of several locks. These locks also have keys which are specific to each one (the change key) and cannot open any of the others in the set.

Give us a call at (760) 758-3398 and we will re-key your locks to your master key.

 

 

 

 

RESIDENTIAL LOCKOUTS (OPENING)

If you have already been locked out of your house or room and it is too late to get the extra key, we can help you to open up the lock.

Our emergency locksmith service responds to calls 24 hours a day, and upon receiving your call we will send a professional locksmith over as soon as possible. Rather than just simply forcibly opening your lock, our proficient team offers a series of serviceable options to remedy the situation including lock replacement, key duplication and if necessary lock changes. Once the situation is handled, our professional team can assist you in restructuring the lock after the lockout to ensure that you are still secured. Our staff is adequately trained to analyze your lockout situation and determine the appropriate action to take in order to assist you. In regards to electronic security, we can help to change the service to ensure that lockouts are prevented in the future. Our goal is to provide you with efficiency in our coverage to ensure the prevention of lockouts and make sure that you are adequately cared for in the event a lockout does occur.

We offer the following services on site.

  • 24-hr emergency lockout service
  • Key duplication (copy)
  • Lock replacement service
  • Lock restructuring after lockout
  • Gate and door management
  • Lock changing in order to bolster the integrity of your security necessities.
  • Master keying

LOCK REPAIR & INSTALLATION

We service most locks found in residential homes today on doors, windows, gates and security systems. We can also service high tech locks including digital locks and other high-security products. We can make your home more secure by upgrading your locks and repairing any existing locks. We can also replace locks on cabinets including high-security file cabinets etc.

 

 

Commercial Services

COMMERCIAL REKEYING

Through the process of rekeying the business or office locks, we will generate a completely new key so that your old one will not work anymore. This will provide you and your company with peace of mind with the added security. Call us now at (760) 758-3398.

 

 

 

MASTER KEYING

A master key is designed to open a set of several locks. These locks also have keys which are specific to each one (the change key) and cannot open any of the others in the set.

Give us a call at (760) 758-3398 and we will re-key your locks to your master key.

 

 

 

COMMERCIAL/OFFICE LOCKOUTS (OPENING)

If you have already been locked out of your business, office or commercial property and it is too late to get the extra key, we can help you to open up the lock.

Our emergency locksmith service responds to calls 24 hours a day, and upon receiving your call we will send a professional locksmith over as soon as possible. Rather than just simply forcibly opening your lock, our proficient team offers a series of serviceable options to remedy the situation including lock replacement, key duplication and if necessary lock changes. Once the situation is handled, our professional team can assist you in restructuring the lock after the lockout to ensure that you are still secured. Our staff is adequately trained to analyze your lockout situation and determine the appropriate action to take in order to assist you. In regards to electronic security, we can help to change the service to ensure that lockouts are prevented in the future. Our goal is to provide you with efficiency in our coverage to ensure the prevention of lockouts and make sure that you are adequately cared for in the event a lockout does occur.

We offer the following services on site.

  • 24-hr emergency lockout service
  • Key duplication (copy)
  • Lock replacement service
  • Lock restructuring after lockout
  • Gate and door management
  • Lock changing in order to bolster the integrity of your security necessities.
  • Master keying

LOCK REPAIR & INSTALLATION

We are a premier commercial locksmith in the area. We service government institutions in the area as well as large businesses. We are trusted to provide high quality knowledgeable service 24/7. We carry and service nearly any lock used in commercial buildings today. We carry panic bars and many other locks and door accessories.

We handle ADA and Fire Code Requirements.

 

 

 

ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEMS

American Locks & Keys can design an access control system for almost any possible situation, from a single stand alone door to large systems with numerous doors.

Access Control Systems include:

  • Card Readers
  • Digital locks
  • Biometric locks
  • Mechanical push button locks

Why do you need access control?

  • One of the biggest advantages of an electronic access control system is the ability to document and report access activity.
  • Most small single door applications have reporting available either through a printer or through web-based access that shows an audit trail of door access activity. Mid-range and large-scale systems can provide in depth, user-defined reporting of access activity.
  • This is a critical component to the access system in the eyes of your client, helping them to quickly understand who had access to critical areas of their business before and after an incident.

For most companies managing keys is a problem. Keys are easily lost or duplicated, and terminated employees often do not return keys. If however, an employee leaves the company without returning their access badge, the employer can easily delete that former employee’s access. On a networked system, that access can even be changed remotely.

REAL ESTATE SERVICES

We offer a wide range of services for Real Estate organizations of all sizes. Our licensed and experienced technicians can accommodate you in any locksmith sized job. Providing professional service to each one of our clients is our main focus in making your locksmith experience as easy as possible. When working with one of our trained technicians that fit your busy schedule and arrive on time to your location, you can be certain American Locks & Keys is a name you can trust.

Some of the services we provide are:

  • Sheriff’s Lockout (Eviction)
  • Regular Property Rekeying
  • Property Master Keying
  • Foreclosure Rekeying
  • Lockbox Placement/Replacement
  • Lock Repair & Installations

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About Us

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We are certified, bonded and insured locksmiths serving the San Diego North County area as well as the southern area of Riverside County.

The company was started in 1986 in Vista, California when the founder recognized the need for a full-service locksmith in their community. Since then, American Locks & Keys has grown to become a highly respected and technically formidable business in and around the area it primarily serves.

Our fully-equipped shop is located in Vista and we also have mobile service vans. Our professionals are trained on the latest locksmith technology to keep up with the fast moving trends. You will find our technicians to be professional and in easily identifiable uniforms and marked vehicles.

At American Locks & Keys we are committed to providing our customers with fast, professional services at competitive rates. We invite you to visit or contact us anytime with questions or concerns about American Locks & Keys and the locksmith services we provide.

Click here for our shop location in Vista.

Click here for a list of the areas we serve with our mobile vans.

Click here to set up an appointment for service.

SERVICE AREAS

Through our mobile service, we serve the following areas:

  • Vista
  • Oceanside
  • Carlsbad
  • San Marcos
  • Escondido
  • San Elijo Hills
  • Camp Pendleton
  • Bonsall
  • Fallbrook
  • Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Encinitas
  • Solana Beach
  • Ramona
  • Valley Center
  • San Pasqual Valley
  • Del Mar
  • Rancho Santa Fe
  • Rancho Bernardo
  • Temecula
  • Murrieta
  • Wildomar
  • Perris
  • Sun City
  • Lake Esinore
  • Pala
  • Menifee

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What are your hours of operation?

We’re open to walk-in customers at our Vista shop from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, with technicians on call after hours. Our mobile service is open for 24 hours a day except from 4:00 p.m. Friday to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Where are you located?

In addition to providing mobile service, we also have a fully-equipped shop conveniently located in a central tri-city location.

We are located off Hwy 78 on Vista Village Drive between Plymouth Dr and Camino Corto. The shop is within the same shopping strip mall as Western Union, Centro Latino de Servicios, Aztec Barber Shop, Jose’s Party Supplies, Vista Village Floral, Servi-Mex, Móvil, Grupo 8 de Mayo and Salon de Belleza.

The address is:

280 Vista Village Dr. Ste. 101
Vista, CA 92083

We are across the street from AT&T, Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Burger King and Fruttos Yoghurt.

Why should I call a locksmith when I'm locked out of my car?

If you are like most people, you have a big investment in your automobile.In years gone by, almost anyone could open a locked car using only one tool. It only took a second or two. Today, however, auto makers have significantly tightened up the security of almost every car on the road. This means that a trained professional must have dozens of tools and techniques available in order to open your car with no damage.Today’s locksmith owns hundreds of dollars worth of tools and books on car opening. That is why he or she must charge a fair price to open your car. When you call a locksmith, a trained professional responds to your call. He or she arrives in a service vehicle stacked with thousands of dollars worth of tools and machinery, ready for any emergency.Repairing the damage caused by an unprofessional car opening far outweighs the cost a proper opening would have cost in the first place.In many towns, the police no longer will respond to lockouts unless it is a dire emergency. The police departments of today are concerned with the financial responsibility that has come from accidentally damaging citizens’ vehicles.

  • When you call a tow truck driver, or allow any other unskilled person to attempt to unlock your car, you risk unnecessary damage to your vehicle. So next time you’re locked out, please call a trained locksmith for quick professional service. Police Departments in most towns do not open cars after experience shows them that they may damage many new vehicles.
  • Locksmiths are trained professionals who use finesse, not force.
  • A botched car opening job can easily cause $150.00 worth of damage to your door panel.
  • Locksmiths are trained to use dozens of tools so they are ready to open your vehicle properly.

I’ve lost my keys. Do I have to buy all new locks?

Usually we can rekey your current locks, whether home, office, or auto, and just provide a new set of keys.

How much does it cost to change my locks to keyless entry locks?

Every situation is different, which is why we always take a first-hand look, make some recommendations, and provide a free estimate. Many times the estimate can be delivered over the phone.

Can you rekey the locks in my house so they all work with a single key?

Often we can. Here’s a good test. Take the key that fits the primary lock in your house and try it in a different lock. If the key can be inserted all the way into the lock, but just won’t turn it, then that lock can be rekeyed to fit the primary lock’s key. You can test all of the locks this way.

What is a Master-key System?

The best and easiest way to explain master-keying is to think of a hotel. The owner has one key that fits everything – all the rooms, store-rooms, offices, etc. The office manager has a key that fits only the offices. The maids have a key that only fit the rooms. Then the guest have a key that fits only the room in which they are staying.

If one of the guests leaves and takes their key, then a locksmith can come and invalidate that key and re-key the room to a new key. This will not, however, affect the other keys – unless the locksmith is poorly trained. Or if one of the house-keeping personnel leaves, the doors can be re-keyed to replace that key which will not affect the rest of the keys.

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760 758-3398

280 VISTA VILLAGE DR. STE. 101, VISTA, CA 92083

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