Locked Up/Locked Out
Puerto Vallarta has an abundance of locksmiths and we don’t say that lightly. Many ferreterias (hardware stores) will make keys, if you can find someone to help, but your best bet is to find the local locksmith that your friends recommend. They are everywhere. The first time we went searching for a locksmith in Puerto Vallarta, we walked around our corner and almost lost our hat on a large low-hanging wooden key, painted bright red that was strung above the sidewalk. There was another one directly across the street! Brothers, we found out, who both had learned the trade from their father, who had his own little shop several streets over.
Since there is such a profusion of locksmiths, the competition is a little fierce. Speed seems to be the skill most widely performed in the process. Not always the best. We are a big fan of slow and methodical.
Where we come from north of the border, having keys made is not expensive, nor is it in Puerto Vallarta but we usually don’t take our keys to be made. We have a different method of operation when we need a new key. It is so cheap to have a locksmith come to your home, and the end product will be much more satisfactory. We have never paid more than $500 pesos for the most complicated procedure and house calls seem to run about $350. Compare.
When you take a key to be made on a cutting machine, a direct copy is made, notch by knick. Chances are you will get back home and find that it doesn’t work at all. The reason for this is simple: the key you handed off to be copied is most likely also a copy. You cannot keep making copies of copies. Originals can be hard to come by so we conquer that dilemma by starting out with a brand new lock and key. It’s the best solution.
In Puerto Vallarta, the locksmith’s job is not completed until the lock is secure and your key actually opens the lock. It’s an amazingly quick procedure. When buying property one of the first things one should do it change the lock, regardless of what country you’re in; there is no telling who has copies and it is such an easy fix!
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Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!
About Vacation Villas of Mexico Founder, Vanessa Cole
The founder of the company, Vanessa Cole, lived in Puerto Vallarta for 10 years and in Cancun for 2 years. She has worked in Luxury Vacation Villa Rentals since 2001.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Vanessa earned a degree from the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in International Business and Latin American Studies. Fluent in Spanish, she has worked and traveled all over Mexico and South America.
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