Prices of hi tech keys

Keys are not the first thing you would probably concider the price on.  But they can be quite expensive if you have to buy one of the new transponder car keys.


Car Key

Many remote keys are as much as $500.00 from a dealer and cost more if you need to program it into your car.  I found a locksmith Brisbane selling keys from $45.00.  These are some of the cheapest prices I have found yet for a transponder car key.

Some keys such as BMW are selling at $300.00 for a non remote and $500 for a remote key.  They are not bad when you consider they come cut and programmed from the factory ready to start the car.  A Hyundai I30 Blank was $450.00 not cut or programmed.

I would definitely shop around if you were looking to buy a new car key as there are some really big differences in prices.


Lindsay Lohan Scams Locksmith – Maybe?

Lindsay Lohan was forced to call in a locksmith when she found herself stranded outside on/off girlfriend Samantha Ronson’s Hollywood home on Tuesday night – but refused to pay him when she discovered another way into the property.

In video footage posted on, the Mean Girls actress is seen walking around the front entrance of the DJ’s house as a friend, known only as Christy, watches the professional work on unlocking the door.

Lohan is then heard telling her pal, “What the f**k, the lock just came undone”, referring to one of the windows, before disappearing out of view as her pal told the locksmith, “You know what sir, we already got in, thanks. We just broke in. We just found a way in.”

But the man refused to leave without at least collecting his £26 call-out fee – and Lohan turned to the paparazzi who were capturing her every move for advice about what to do.

She told the TMZ videographer, “This guy… is asking me to pay him but he didn’t get me in, Christy did. Can you tell him? He didn’t even get me in. He’s trying to charge me $300. I’ve paid these guys before, $80, and now he wants money for trying to get me in, he didn’t do his job!”

After being encouraged not to hand over the cash, Lohan offered the locksmith £13, before returning indoors and refusing to pay anything, prompting the man to return to his van empty-handed.

Its bad enough when you get an average person try to scam you, but when it is someone famous with heaps of cash, well come on.   You call out a locksmith or any tradesman of course you have to pay them.  As for the locksmith asking for $300.00 for a call out, that seems to be a bit silly.  Maybe the locksmith was one of the large scams that is going around at the moment?

Cutting some unusual keys

Cutting keys that are out of the ordinary…

Operating a small locksmith shop in Brisbane, Australia is never dull.  Often we get calls to cut some pretty strange keys.  Well I shouldnt say strange, just out of the ordinary.

Carpenters Rim Locks are one we dont see too often now days.  They are the ones with that look like an old jailers key.  The locks are a solid rectangular shape and are screwed to the inside of the door with the keyhole going right though.  These keys are made from cast iron or brass.  They have to be cut by hand and can take some time to do properly.   We use specially cut down files to get into the intricate corners.  1 key can take a couple of hours to create.

Newer keys are sometimes cut using a CNC milling machine.  We have specially adapted software to cut keys of different types.  A new key we have never seen can be programmed in to the milling machine computer to be able to cut a key quickly and accurately.  See an Audi key being cut here.  Most keys can be cut using the same method.  A Rotary table is used to cut keys that require angle cuts.  This is only really useful for keys that are not able to be cut on other machinery.  Companies such as Silca make great key cutting machines for a wide range of keys.