Mike's Lock & Ekeys 4 Cars

Mike's Lock & Ekeys 4 Cars

Area specialist in transponder keys, lost automotive keys, and replacements. Some after hours appointments may be scheduled if we are available.

Operating as usual

[05/04/20]   We are still up and running !!! Sanitizing like mad !!! Although we are limited to the number of service calls we can do, we are still scheduling shop calls to fit your schedule !! Don't put off getting that extra key for your vehicle !!! Take care and be safe out there !!!!

[04/01/20]   We are there for you during this trying times. If you call and we are unable to get to the phone, please leave a voice mail and we WILL return your call !!! Take care of yourselves and be safe !!!

[01/29/20]   Please be patient with us as we are re-doing our website. We can still be contacted at 319-330-9185. It should only be a day ... maybe 2. Thanks so much in advance !!!!!

[05/08/19]   Locksmith scammers are now starting to infiltrate Iowa. Protect yourself from these criminals, and here is how:

Tips for Avoiding the Scam (some of this information has been garnered from some of the best locksmith companies in the states.)

1. Always Get a Flat Rate Over the Phone First

Any time you hear the words “and up,” run in the other direction. A legitimate locksmith knows the price of each job and will be able to give you a flat quote and a very small price range depending on the situation. Although there are SOME instances that a flat rate cannot be given, but the legitimate locksmith will ask many questions to narrow down your needs.

2. Find a Locksmith Before Its Needed

Before an emergency that requires a locksmith, investigate qualified companies in your area. Please keep in mind that not all locksmiths do everything. Many specialize. Keep the information on your phone where it's accessible.

3. Generic Answering

Instead of answering the phone with the name of the locksmith or his business, the call center will say something like “locksmith services,” or “locksmith.” Ask for the name of the company you're calling. At a call center, many calls are routed, and they won't be able to give you the right name. You might ask them where they're located as well. These are two of the easiest ways to reveal a fraud.

4. Unmarked Vehicles

The fake locksmiths are contractors with no license, although in many states there is NO licensing laws, and Iowa is one of them. They won't have a vehicle for the company you've called. Unmarked vehicles are the second big giveaway when it comes to revealing a scam. You're free to call another locksmith if the unmarked vehicle makes you nervous. They will try to pressure you into paying the service charge, but please don’t. That is part of the scam. If they do, call the police immediately !!

5. Ask for an ID

Before the locksmith begins his work, ask for ID and his license (if applicable). He should be able to provide both. All legitimate locksmiths will have these, if their states require a license.

So protect yourself and your family from scammers !! Do not be afraid to call local law enforcement if you feel threatened or uncomfortable.

Mike's Lock & eKeys 4 Cars

12/20/2018

Mike's Lock & eKeys 4 Cars wishes to all of our friends, family, and business partners, all the happiness and joy this time of year can bring. May God bless you all ... and have a prosperous New Year !!!

[08/06/18]   This is a little old ... but everyone should still be aware of scammers !!

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI

RICHARD G. CALLAHAN
United States Attorney

For Immediate Release

OWNERS OF FLORIDA LOCKSMITH SERVICE INDICTED IN SCAM TO OVERCHARGE FOR LOCKSMITH SERVICES

St. Louis, MO: The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that the owners of a Florida based locksmith service were charged in a superseding indictment on multiple federal charges involving a scam to overcharge customers for locksmith services, as well as employing and harboring illegal aliens.

According to the superseding indictment, Dependable Locks, Inc., headquartered in Clearwater, FL, managed a national network of locksmith technicians, operating from major population centers across the United States, including St. Louis. It also maintained a full-time staff of telephone operators and dispatchers, who were on duty 24 hours per day in Clearwater. The dispatchers received phone calls electronically forwarded from hundreds to thousands of telephone numbers listed nationwide for emergency locksmith services, all of which forwarded consumer calls to the call center in Florida. The dispatchers received the calls and the business dispatched locksmith technicians from the area of the call to respond. Many of the locksmith technicians working for Dependable Locks were aliens who were unlawfully present in the United States and were not authorized to work as locksmith technicians.

The indictment alleges that the locksmith company engaged in deceptive marketing by purchasing directory listings and advertisements in cities across the United States that identified the business to the public as a set of local locksmith companies. The company’s listings used multiple business names, local phone numbers and fake local addresses that had no affiliation with the company. Phone calls to the listed phone numbers were automatically routed to the company’s call center in Clearwater, Florida. In addition, telephone operators for Dependable Locks were instructed by managers to mislead customers to believe that they would be charged around $54 for a car lockout, while the responding technician was instructed by managers to charge up to $179 for a lockout. Technicians used techniques such as accusing the consumer who objected to the overcharge of "theft of services," threatening to call the police, withholding the customer's keys or driver's license to compel payment or following the customer to an ATM machine to ensure payment.

The locksmith technicians allegedly were allowed to split the profits of the fraudulently procured locksmith services with the company and were required to remit the company's share of the proceeds by regularly purchasing and shipping cash, checks and money orders to the Dependable Locks location in Clearwater, FL.

"After more than a year of following numerous leads with ICE and the Missouri Attorney General's Office, we are pleased to see this case continue to progress," said Postal Inspector J.R. Ball of the St. Louis Field Office. He added, "The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is vigilant in investigating allegations where the mail or postal products are used to conceal or further a crime."

DAVID PEER, Clearwater, FL; and ADAM OLIVKOVICH, address unknown, were indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, five felony counts of mail fraud, one felony count of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens for private financial gain and one felony count of engaging in a pattern of hiring unauthorized aliens. MOSHE AHARONI, Clearwater, FL, was indicted on one felony count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one felony count of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens for private financial gain.

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000. Mail fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000. Conspiracy to harbor unlawful aliens for private financial gain carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000. Engaging in a pattern of hiring unauthorized aliens carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and/or a fine of $3,000 per alien. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorneys John Sauer and John Ware are handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

mikesekeys4cars.com 01/26/2018

Website

We have now added another new programmer and two new high security machines to our fold, adding to what state of the art equipment we have now, and have expanded our transponder key programming to many new models.

Don't be stuck with just one key. CALL TODAY and set an appointment for another key !!

http://mikesekeys4cars.com/

mikesekeys4cars.com Visit Mike's Lock and eKeys4cars for any automotive or key control needs. Over 20 years of experience. Dependable service. Call 319-330-9185 today.

[05/05/17]   Every year, Mike's Lock & eKeys 4 Cars faces new challenges.

Over the past few years, the automotive industry has created a high security car key that makes it almost impossible for car theft and very difficult to duplicate.

We have invested in the most high tech equipment to be able to duplicate and program sidewinder keys, also known as a laser-cut key.

This isn't your corner hardware-store operation anymore.

Although there are some cars still being produced on the road that use mechanical keys, 99% of new models have some sort of electronic (transponder or emulated board) device.

That, coupled with high security laser-cut keys, there are very limited outlets where you can get your car key duplicated.

Don't wait until you lose your only key and be stranded. Call today and get that key duplicated.

[03/15/17]   Midwest Keyless sponsored High Security auto and LISHI class.

The entire class description is way too long to post here, so go to our website and get all the info you need. We also have a block of rooms for Friday nite if you need it.

Class is $100 for non members and $75 for members.

There is a sign up link on the site as well.

Here is the link:

http://iowachapteraloa.com/classes/

Hope to see you there !!!

10/03/2016

E004 Comprehensive Access Control (L-40) - Smartsheet.com

October 22-23, 2016: ALOA ACE Class

E004 Comprehensive Access Control (L-39) – 16 hours
Sponsored partially by Clark Security Products

Instructor: Greg Perry, CML ,CPS

Time: 8am – 5pm (Lunch 12-1pm)

Cost Includes Lunch – Iowa Chapter Members: $200.00

Non-Members: $225.00

Registration Form: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=8dbc9f223f264963990df2e25314ede1

Deadline is: October 14, 2016


Instructor BIO: Greg Perry, CML, CPS is a Certified ACE Instructor, a long time member of ALOA and SAVTA and has taught access control and safe lock classes on a local and national basis. He is the author of the SafeData CDRom database reference program and has written numerous articles for Keynotes, Safe & Vault Technology and others. Greg was the recipient of the 2002 and 2003 Keynotes Author of the Year award.

Access Control Class Description:

Access control is growing at a rate three times greater than that of standard locks. This is a must course for a Locksmith to maintain continual growth and success. This class will consist of a half-day lecture and a day
and a half of lab experience of single and multiple door access control systems.

Students will learn of the various reader technologies (including smart card), communication formats, operating systems, integration and system designs to name a few. Students will receive handouts and software.

Materials to bring to class: Small narrow blade screwdriver, wire st*****rs and voltage ohmmeter. PC Laptop recommended.

Prerequisite: Students should have an understanding of basic electricity with some PC experience. The information presented will be useful in preparing for PRP section L-40.

PRP Section L-39 will be offered after class. ALOA Members – $20.00 & Non-Members – $25.00.

_______________________________________________________________________________

All classes and tests are held at:

Holiday Inn Airport

6111 Fleur Dr.

Des Moines, IA 50321

Phone: 515-287-2400

*** Mention Iowa Chapter ALOA for room discount includes free breakfast, cost is $115.00.

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[06/10/16]   Never travel with just ONE car key .... always have the spare with you. Losing that key can be very expensive to replace while on the road.

[06/08/16]   Our newest programmer has finally arrived, giving us the capability to handle more vehicles than ever. Don't drive around with just one key .... call now a get that second one.

[05/19/16]   Creating auto keys is not like it was even 10 years ago. Times have changed, technology has jumped light years. We now have the most progressive and up to date programming equipment that the market produces today. Don't drive around with ONE car key ......... get the spare before it's too late.

[05/09/16]   We have ordered and received new programming equipment keep up with the ever changing technology on new vehicles. Hopefully we will soon have the ability to program keys for the new Chrysler vehicles on the Fiat platform. Thanks again for all of your continued support.

[04/27/16]   We now have the capability to re-flash OLDER Toyota and Lexus vehicles when all keys are lost. We soon hope to be able to program all new Chrysler products on the Fiat platform.

08/06/2015

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Hello!

I hope everyone is having a great summer!!

We have a special treat, having Dave McOmie, a world renowned Safe Specialist, coming to Iowa on September 26 & 27!
This class will provide 2 days of hands on training and you can bring a locked safe to open.

Submit your online registration now: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=d66d5221da8d43b79cfe72013e0d2f14

Find Instructor and Class Details on the Iowa Chapter ALOA's website: http://iowachapteraloa.com/classes/

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[08/02/15]   We need to thank Jim Hetchler and Jason Frank for giving the Iowa Chapter of ALOA 2 days of outstanding automotive class.

Their classes were two of the best we have had. Both guys went above and beyond ANYTHING we could have expected.

Friday evening Jim gave a great orientation to Lishi tools, and Jason gave an outstanding class on Automotive High Security locks.

Saturday Jim gave his Tips, Tricks, Transponder and eEprom class, with Jason stepping in and assisting.

We must thank Strattec for providing free Ford Fiesta ignition and door locks for the class to work with (which we got to keep), as well as other goodies, including a 4 button IKT key for each attendee.

Midwest Keyless provided Lishi tools for the class, and Bill Youngson (representing Original Lishi) gave Ford HS HU100 Lishi tools for door prizes Friday evening.

We had 20 attendees, including many from out of state. We hope to get Jim back again next year. Sorry, Jim about the early flights .... :-)

Thanks to Nola Deets, our treasurer, for picking such a great venue at the Holiday Inn Airport in Des Moines. It was absolutely a great classroom area and hotel to be at.

If I have forgotten anyone, please accept my apologies.

Best regards to all concerned, as EVERY class attendee went away happy and their heads exploding with information.

Mike Merritt -- President, Iowa Chapter of ALOA

[07/23/15]   Thanks to all of those that have registered for the Jim Hetchler transponder class in Des Moines,IA on July 31 and August 1. Jim will be giving an introductory class on Lishi tools, and Jason Frank will be giving a mini high security class on Friday night. Jim's transponder class will be all day Saturday. Midwest Keyless will have a rep there, with some outstanding prices on Original Lishi and other items, and Strattec has donated locks for the high security class. Jason will have a great price on his High Security Books on flash drive as well. Absolutely an outstanding time and tons of information, and the price was so right. So .... can't wait to see you there.

iowachapteraloa.com 04/07/2015

Classes | Iowa Chapter ALOA

Anyone that does safe work, this class registration ends Friday the 10th.

Deadline for this class is this Friday, April 10. Please go to our website and download ALL of the information.

http://iowachapteraloa.com/classes/


Saturday, May 9, 2015: Introduction to Safe Servicing – ACE (SV001)
Instructor: Harry Sher, CML, CPS
Location: Holiday Inn Airport
6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: $150.00 (includes lunch)
$125.00 IA Chapter Member (includes lunch)
Test: After class PRP Test # L-24, cost: $25.00

Sunday, May 10, 2015: ALOA PRP Sitting – Testing
Location: Holiday Inn Airport, 6111 Fleur Dr. Des Moines, IA
Time: 8:00am -12:00pm
Registration forms must be turned in to ALOA by April 24, 2015

iowachapteraloa.com Saturday, May 9, 2015: Introduction to Safe Servicing – ACE (SV001) Instructor: Harry Sher, CML, CPS Location: Holiday Inn Airport 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321 Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm Cost: $150.00 (includes lunch) $125.00 IA Chapter Member (includes lunch) Test: After class PRP Test # L-24,…

03/15/2015

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Help protect yourself from locksmith scammers and the like.

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[01/04/15]   UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI

RICHARD G. CALLAHAN
United States Attorney

For Immediate Release

OWNERS OF FLORIDA LOCKSMITH SERVICE INDICTED IN SCAM TO OVERCHARGE FOR LOCKSMITH SERVICES

St. Louis, MO: The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that the owners of a Florida based locksmith service were charged in a superseding indictment on multiple federal charges involving a scam to overcharge customers for locksmith services, as well as employing and harboring illegal aliens.

According to the superseding indictment, Dependable Locks, Inc., headquartered in Clearwater, FL, managed a national network of locksmith technicians, operating from major population centers across the United States, including St. Louis. It also maintained a full-time staff of telephone operators and dispatchers, who were on duty 24 hours per day in Clearwater. The dispatchers received phone calls electronically forwarded from hundreds to thousands of telephone numbers listed nationwide for emergency locksmith services, all of which forwarded consumer calls to the call center in Florida. The dispatchers received the calls and the business dispatched locksmith technicians from the area of the call to respond. Many of the locksmith technicians working for Dependable Locks were aliens who were unlawfully present in the United States and were not authorized to work as locksmith technicians.

The indictment alleges that the locksmith company engaged in deceptive marketing by purchasing directory listings and advertisements in cities across the United States that identified the business to the public as a set of local locksmith companies. The company’s listings used multiple business names, local phone numbers and fake local addresses that had no affiliation with the company. Phone calls to the listed phone numbers were automatically routed to the company’s call center in Clearwater, Florida. In addition, telephone operators for Dependable Locks were instructed by managers to mislead customers to believe that they would be charged around $54 for a car lockout, while the responding technician was instructed by managers to charge up to $179 for a lockout. Technicians used techniques such as accusing the consumer who objected to the overcharge of "theft of services," threatening to call the police, withholding the customer's keys or driver's license to compel payment or following the customer to an ATM machine to ensure payment.

The locksmith technicians allegedly were allowed to split the profits of the fraudulently procured locksmith services with the company and were required to remit the company's share of the proceeds by regularly purchasing and shipping cash, checks and money orders to the Dependable Locks location in Clearwater, FL.

"After more than a year of following numerous leads with ICE and the Missouri Attorney General's Office, we are pleased to see this case continue to progress," said Postal Inspector J.R. Ball of the St. Louis Field Office. He added, "The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is vigilant in investigating allegations where the mail or postal products are used to conceal or further a crime."

DAVID PEER, Clearwater, FL; and ADAM OLIVKOVICH, address unknown, were indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, five felony counts of mail fraud, one felony count of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens for private financial gain and one felony count of engaging in a pattern of hiring unauthorized aliens. MOSHE AHARONI, Clearwater, FL, was indicted on one felony count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one felony count of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens for private financial gain.

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000. Mail fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000. Conspiracy to harbor unlawful aliens for private financial gain carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a fine up to $250,000. Engaging in a pattern of hiring unauthorized aliens carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and/or a fine of $3,000 per alien. In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant United States Attorneys John Sauer and John Ware are handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

As is always the case, charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Products

We specialize in high security automotive and "chip" keys. After hours appointments available on some days.

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1040 Orchard St
Iowa City, IA
52246

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday 9am - 12pm
Sunday 9am - 12pm
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