Cost for a car locksmith to unlock your vehicle

Getting locked out of your home or car might be a long shot (mainly because so many of us manage our keys with smart devices). However, more than 16,000 car lockouts occur daily in Canada and the United States.

If you are among them, it is not only an annoyance, especially if you don’t have a friend or family member nearby with a spare key—but it is sometimes expensive, too. So if you need to hire a locksmith to save the day, we’ve got a breakdown of how much you can expect to spend.

On average, car locksmith services cost about $160 per incident. The exact cost, though, varies depending on what needs to be unlocked, time of day (after-hours, you’ll pay more), location, and how far the locksmith needs to travel to get to you.

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Cost for an auto locksmith to unlock your car

If you locked yourself out of your car, it probably isn’t a good idea to try to pry it open with a coat hanger as you did back in the 1990s (you’ll likely cause damage, and it might not even work). If you don’t have roadside assistance through your car warranty or your insurance policy and you need to pay for a locksmith out of pocket, here are some of the charges you are likely to see on your bill.

On average, locksmith services cost about $160 per incident. The exact cost, though, varies depending on what needs to be unlocked, time of day (after-hours, you’ll pay more), your location, and how far the locksmith needs to travel to get to you.

Car locksmith cost estimator (Toronto GTA)

High price $225
Average price $160
Lowest price in Toronto (Sparky Express) $50

If you are locked out of your car, trying to pry it open with a coat hanger isn't a good idea as you did back in the 1990s (you'll likely cause damage, and it might not even work). If you don't have roadside assistance through your car warranty or insurance policy and need to pay for a locksmith out of pocket, here are some of the charges you are likely to see on your bill.

  • The cost to physically unlock your car door: Between $75 and $150.
  • The cost to unlock your car door in the middle of the night: Between $150 and $300
  • The cost to rekey your car (if you do not have a spare anywhere): As low as $50 but possibly even as much as $300.

Let’s face it, though—if you are locked out of your car and need a locksmith stat, you probably aren’t spending too much time calling around to find the best price.

Prices of Other Auto Locksmith Services

Along with these emergency-type services, locksmiths can also replace the locks on your car door ($200 to $600), rekey your ignition ($50 to $150), put on a new keypad (up to $400), make new “regular” keys ($5 to $10 each) and either create or reprogram transponder keys (these keys contain chips that allow you to unlock the car with the push of a button, and since they are currently the industry standard your car probably has one—unless it is 20-plus years old). Keep in mind that these are just average ranges. You will pay more or less depending on your car's make and model and the job's complexity.

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