Keys do wear out with time !

Many people do not know that all keys will wear down over time and cause problems with your locks and when you try to get copies made. The repeated action raking the key across the lock parts causes minute wear that over time will cause the key to wear down to the point of not correctly working to open the lock. This is most evident on vehicles ignitions and door locks, mailboxes, household door locks, and other keys used on a daily basis.


Some may think to just go to the locksmith or hardware store and get another copy of the key made will solve the problem. However in this case you are only creating a copy of a bad key. That key most likely won’t work any better than the one you are making it from does. Your solution to this would be to have an original key cut on code cutting machine by a locksmith company. This would be a key created (not copied) with original factory specification and usually will remedy the problems of having to “jiggle” the key in the locks to get it to turn. A locksmith company can accomplish this in a number of ways, and it would be best to ask your local locksmith if they can create you an original key based off your worn or rough copy. Cutting a key by code can usually be done for a minimal cost, especially considering you won’t have to stand in the rain and fight the key in the lock for ten minutes while your children play in the mud puddles.

I recommend that when you first get a set of new keys (ie- buy a new car, change the locks on the house/business) your best idea would be to put aside one of the original keys. This could include putting a key in the safe or in a “hide a key”. Ideally the key should be used only in emergencies and to get copies made from. When you make a copy, of a copy, a key will sometimes get off by just a little bit. This same phenomenon happens when you photocopy copies of copies. If you continue to copy key copies you end up with copies of keys that do not work well. Ideally you should use that original saved away key to get copies made and use those for distribution. While most locksmiths key machines are designed to be able to make from 10-15 “generations” of keys, some hardware stores and big box stores may only be able to do one or two generations of copies.

While most locksmith companies keep their equipment adjusted and with sharp blades, big box stores consider key copying  a “Loss Leader” in that they don’t care if you have to come back for a key to be remade. They take the stance that you will likely pick up other things “while you are there” Returning that key could end up costing you hundreds! (oh yeah, I did need to buy me a new grill  while I’m here)

Locksmiths don’t like having to recut keys so they try to do it right the first time. Having a nonworking key is frustrating for everyone involved. That’s why we make every effort to do it right the first time.

Call Bowling Locksmith Services at 757-653-6317 and get that worn out key fixed. Don’t forget to visit our website at


Why Are Locksmiths So Expensive?


Why are locksmiths so expensive?


It really depends on who you call.

A national locksmith franchise or scammer call center operation may appear to be local businesses since they tend to use redirect local landlines to their call center and also display fake locations in their online advertisements.

National locksmith companies have enormous advertising costs due to the fierce nature of their advertising, taking up the majority of space in local telephone directories and the expensive top listing positions in search engine advertisements. This cost is passed on to the consumer in your bill.

You may find that these national companies subcontract work to the nearest locksmith which could be anywhere up to 75 miles away, these travel costs increase up your bill as well. It could also mean you are waiting a ridiculous length of time for your locksmith to arrive.


Use a local locksmith!

As a result of the national firms and scammers invading the locksmith business locksmiths have been labelled expensive emergency services when in fact the majority of real local locksmith businesses are reasonably priced and offer a fantastic service.

Using a local locksmith ensures you are getting a quick response and a reliable, trustworthy tradesman who works hard to uphold his good reputation. National locksmith chains are far less likely to honor part guarantees and fix future problems since it is often difficult to send the same serviceman out again.

Spotting a genuine local locksmith can be difficult with the misleading ads from national locksmith companies. However if you speak to a receptionist wanting to know all your details before issuing a quotation you are more than likely speaking to a call center. A real local locksmith will be more than familiar with the area you are calling from.

Always shop around, get a few quotations! The real local locksmiths will be far cheaper than the nationals so never go for the first quote, no matter how desperate you are to get in.

Call Bowling Locksmith Services at 757-653-6317 and get that Local Locksmith Service and Price.

Is it time for you to ReKey ?

Who could still have keys to your home or business? Painters, carpenters, cleaning crews, neighbors or friends sometimes make extra copies of your keys for their convince when you give them a key (that you eventually get back).

Also when new property owners take possession of a new property they should be to re-key their locks. There is no telling who may have a copy of the old owners keys.

If you have 3 locks on your home or office, then, at closing you should have received 6 keys, locks normally come packaged with 2 keys per lock. If you did not receive all six keys they are floating around somewhere. You should re-key right now.

Right now in Jan. and Feb. of 2015 we are offering a rate of $50 for the service call and first cylinder rekey on standard residential and business cylinders (high security, tubular locks, and SFIC not part of this offer). Each additional cylinder $16.00. Mention you saw us on Facebook to get this special rate. You will get 2 keys free with your rekeying job. Each additional key is $2.00

Give us a call (757-653-6317) at Bowling Locksmith Services to arrange an appointment to re-key your locks. Also visit our new website at