Car Locksmith

Before You Go to the Dealership, Give Us a Call

Car lock problems are some of the most inconvenient, and they’re also very technology-intense for owners of modern vehicles. At Shearline Locksmiths in Chicago, IL, our mobile auto locksmith comes to you so you don’t have to have the car towed to a dealer for expensive and time-consuming service. Working with a licensed, professional, and extensively trained locksmith means the work is done with precision, in a professional manner, and with clear, affordable pricing. We guarantee our quality hardware and parts as well as our workmanship, and you can especially count on our car keys.

Everyday Car Locksmith Services to Keep You Covered

We're a full-service automotive locksmith that can handle emergency situations, key cutting, and ignition repairs.

As a full-service automotive locksmith we can do it all. We can help you with emergency lockout service (top), cut new keys (middle), and repair/replace your ignition if your key breaks off it in or it won’t turn (bottom)

We’re here to provide convenient and affordable car key duplication, replacement remotes, key fobs, and lock rekeying and repairs. We cut keys and program fobs and remotes on-site in our fully-equipped locksmith vans, and we’re more affordable that the dealership for these automotive lock and key services:

  • Laser key cutting
  • Chip key programming
  • Transponder keys
  • High-security car keys
  • Car key fobs and battery replacement
  • Ignition repair/replacement

Specialized Services for Today’s Advanced Auto Locking Systems

There are a number of specialized ignition key systems used by auto manufacturers. Our expert locksmith has the equipment and parts to service most of them. Our specialized skills and tools help us make key copies and program them, even if the original is damaged or not available.

  • EEPROM car key programming
  • Car ignition repair
  • Reading key door and ignition lock cuts
  • High-security keys by code
  • High-security key tracing and cutting

Emergency Mobile Locksmith for Auto Lock and Key Issues

With our number in your contacts list, you know you’ll be taken care of if you find yourself in an emergency situation. Taking action feels good, and our results provide an even better feeling: the ability to get on with your day. Auto theft attempts often leave your car’s ignition lock and door locks damaged. Lost keys can wind up in the wrong hands. It’s our job to solve your auto locksmith issues, and we’re well-prepared to meet the challenge.

A Local Car Locksmith You Can Rely On When You’re Stuck

With all our capabilities, it’s important to stay focused: when you’re stuck, you can rely on us to help. We come to you, so it’s simple to get our affordable mobile locksmith on the job. Even if you don’t have keys to copy, we can usually make duplicates on the spot, or program your vehicle to accept a new one we make. We’re the car locksmith near me you can trust.

Your Expert Local Car Locksmith in Chicago, IL

Throughout Chicagoland, the expert auto locksmiths from Shearline Locksmith are helping people retrieve keys locked in cars and performing car key duplication on the spot. They’re also creating keys and remotes from scratch using our amazing technological capabilities. As a top emergency mobile locksmith in the area, there’s so much more we can do for you, keeping you safe and on track from day to day. Keep our number in your contacts list just in case, and call us for all your local locksmith needs!

Car Locksmith FAQ

I lost my car key / transponder key, can Shearline make a new one?

Yes, Shearline’s Chicago car locksmiths can create a new car key or transponder key for most vehicles, even if you don’t have the original. First, we need specific details about your vehicle, such as its year, make, and model. We’ll also ask for proof of ownership to make sure everything is approved.

Can you unlock my car door if I don’t have an ID card that matches your car registration or insurance?

Shearline’s locksmiths require proof of ownership before unlocking a vehicle. This is for security and legal reasons. If your ID is locked in the car, a piece of mail with the matching address may be sufficient, at least until the car is unlocked.

Can you reprogram my existing transponder key?

Yes, our automotive locksmiths in Chicago can reprogram most transponder keys. If your key is malfunctioning, we can attempt to reprogram it. If it’s broken or had water damage, we’ll need to replace it.

Can you cut car keys from code?

Yes, our locksmiths can cut car keys using the vehicle’s key code. If you have the key code for your vehicle (often found in the vehicle’s manual, on a car door lock, or on a card provided when the car was purchased), a locksmith can use it to cut a new key. We also have alternative methods of making a key without the code.

How can I get the key code for my lost car keys?

Key codes are usually provided with the original documentation of the vehicle. If you’ve lost this information, contacting the local dealership might work. Alternatively, our locksmiths can obtain the key code by examining the vehicle’s ignition or door lock. Lastly, we may be able to decode your lock to reverse engineer the key code by the key cuts.

Can you remove broken keys from automotive ignitions?

Yes, our Chicago auto locksmiths have specialized tools to safely extract broken keys or pieces of keys from ignitions and door locks without damaging the vehicle. If we can’t extract the broken pieces, we may need to remove the entire lock and disassemble it to remove the broken or lodged pieces.

How long does it take to make a replacement car key?

The time can vary depending on the complexity of the key. Basic keys can be cut within 5 minutes. Transponder keys, key fobs, or prox keys with integrated electronics will take longer, usually 15-20 minutes, due to programming requirements.

My car has a keyless entry system; can you help if I'm locked out or need a replacement?

Yes, our local locksmiths can unlock cars with keyless entry systems. Simply let us know the year, make, and model. We’ll determine the best way to gain entry and make a replacement key.

Can a locksmith make a car key without the original?

Yes, our experienced Chicago locksmiths can create a new car key without the original. We do this in two steps. First, we need to cut the metallic key portion by either obtaining the key code or decoding the lock with our special lock picks. Second, we’ll need to program the key to your car with our onboard car computer programming equipment.