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Don’t panic. It is never as bad as it seems
1st July 2022
By Victor Southern Although I have been closely associated with the locksmith industry for 42 years, it is probable that 95% of you reading this know more about the craft of locksmithing than I do.  What I do know about … Continue reading
Autel-IM608 an in-depth look
10th June 2022
When looking for an all-around, well-performing automotive diagnostic tool, the Autel IM608 is worth checking out. Looking to complete an entire range of needs? The IM608 can handle everything from key programming or encryption to maintenance and systems testing. Our … Continue reading
Van Guard’s New Hooklock Obtains Secured By Design Certification
1st June 2022
Devon based van lock and security manufacturer, Van Guard Accessories, have joined the UK’s police backed initiative Secured By Design, with their latest ULTI Lock Hooklock attaining another well recognised certification. As a leading British manufacturer of commercial vehicle accessories, … Continue reading
Miracles are not cheap
1st June 2022
…but, “we are with you all the way and in every way” For 12 years Lockdecoders Ltd has been distributing the Miracle range of key machines both in the UK and in several export markets. From the Miracle A5 right … Continue reading
Why Battery Support units are Becoming Essential for Locksmiths
18th May 2022
As vehicles become more and more complex and the programming process requiring access to an ever-increasing number of vehicle modules it is now essential for any locksmith to carry a battery support unit. Vehicle modules are powered entirely through the … Continue reading
Ford / Mazda 8C Emulator
4th May 2022
Replace Immobiliser Unit with Emulator & Use Non-Chip Key to Start For many years it has been difficult to obtain the Temic Crypto 8C chips used on Ford (Ranger) and Mazda, making it almost impossible to create a spare key … Continue reading
What does the XHorse Condor II offer an auto locksmith?
20th April 2022
The Xhorse Condor XC- Mini Plus II 2021 is the second generation of the Xhorse Condor XC-Mini Plus 2018 automatic key cutting machine. The new version is driven by AI technology and an astonishing 8 core processor; these two new … Continue reading
Audi A3 8V MQB Spare Key
1st April 2022
How to program a spare key to a 2013 Audi A3 with 8V MQB system. To start this job a Xhorse Condor XC-Mini Key Cutting Machine (AUTXCMNP0EN) will be needed to cut the blade on the Audi A3 (8V) 3 … Continue reading
Xhorse Dolphin II: An Honest Review
4th March 2022
3D Group’s quality control team have been busy putting the new Xhorse Dolphin II through its paces. Matt, our quality lead was super excited to get his hands on the latest release from Xhorse; there has been a considerable build-up … Continue reading
Program your way to success
7th February 2022
Are you fed up of saying: “Sorry I can’t do that, you’ll have to take it elsewhere”? Throughout February and March, Hickleys is going on a training tour with six free roadshows covering Key and Remote Programming and DTS Connect … Continue reading
VIN CHIP™ joins Secured by Design
7th February 2022
The UK marking scheme for touring caravans and motorhomes, VIN CHIP™, has joined the official police security initiative Secured by Design, making it a Police Preferred Specification accredited product. VIN CHIP™ is an anti-theft identification system for leisure vehicles and … Continue reading
AX Innovation on track with SBD
24th January 2022
  Pioneers of a growing suite of vehicle technology products, AX Protect has joined the official police security initiative Secured by Design. AX Innovation provide intelligent software management and connected devices to maximise vehicle utilisation and protection. AX Innovation has … Continue reading
Take a DRIVE on the Wiki Key
10th January 2022
The Technical Information Portal from The Diagnostic Box… Scan the QR Code to take a look now… Or visit: to see the Wiki Key Technical Information Trial.   Key and remote control info, lock pick info, transponder info… Key … Continue reading
Autowave opens in Bucharest
20th December 2021
Autowave is happy to announce the opening of a new European distribution centre in Bucharest, Romania. The new distribution centre is a state-of-the-art facility and will incorporate a sales office, distribution centre and manufacture and assembly facility. The new facility … Continue reading