What to Do When You Have Lost Your Car Keys
Most people lose their car key at least once in their life. But what should you do when lose your car keys? Well, the last thing you want to do is panic. Panicking often pushes people to take desperate measures like breaking the glass window. This can lead to more costly repairs later on.
Look for a locksmith near you.
Going to a locksmith is better in many ways but you need to be sure of his reputation. Locksmiths often charge less than auto dealerships. They are also knowledgeable about replacing keys with chips as they have the capacity to reprogram these things. But how can you find a reputable locksmith? Ask for referrals from friends and family or you can also locate one online. Be sure to read reviews of his services just to be sure.
Locksmiths that specialize in car keys can be contacted easily online and some would even come over where you are right now. They can also reprogram your car’s locks so that in cases where your keys are stolen, unauthorized people will not be able to open your car at all. This is another advantage of using the services of a specialist locksmith.
Get a replacement for your keys
When you find the right locksmith to help you, have a replacement key made for you. You might need to present proof of ownership like IDs with picture (a driver’s license is the most ideal) and your vehicle’s registration papers. You also need to provide important details about your car like its make, model, year, and VIN number.
Most locksmiths today have the necessary equipment and knowledge to make a new key from scratch, even those that have high-security transponders or keys with proximity remote controls. If it is necessary locksmiths can also repair your ignition key or replace it if it is severely damaged. These sophisticated services can be done by modern locksmiths with no problem. So before you panic, take a deep breath and consider your options.
You may choose to get an extra key (just in case)
It is not a bad idea if you let the locksmith make two keys for you, one for daily use and the other one to be kept at home just in case you will lose your key again. Although highly unlikely, you also have to consider all the trouble you have to go through just to get a new key for your car. Having a spare in your house can save you a lot of time and hassle if it happens again. Besides you just do not know when a spare key can come in handy, especially in urgent situations.
There are insurance companies that include lost keys as part of their coverage. This can spare you from the expense of paying out of pocket for replacement keys. Some keys are really expensive so having a fallback when this happens is important. There are also companies that only cater to lost key situations which can either provide you with new ones for your car or pay for the keys. This type of insurance gives you peace of mind. Remember that losing a key is often a matter of when and not if. So anticipate it and spare yourself from all the trouble.
Learn from the experience
What else to do when you have lost your car keys? Learn from it! With the expense of losing your car key and the trouble you have to go through just to replace it, make sure you are prepared and of course, try not to lose your keys again. If you share your keys with another driver, it is best to have another key for him or her. This minimizes confusion. You also need to create some routines like always putting your keys in one place inside your bag or purse or hanging them on the same place at home. This can help you keep track of your key at all times.
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