How many times have you lost your car keys? If you’re like most drivers, you’ve probably lost your keys dozens of times and had to spend ten, thirty, or even sixty minutes rummaging through the most likely hiding spots to find them—pockets, purses, countertops, drawers. Most of the time, after a sweeping search, you’re probably able to locate your missing keys. But what if you can’t? “What should I do if I lose my car keys?” you might wonder. When your car keys truly can’t be found, follow the steps listed below.
What Should I Do If I Lose My Car Keys?
- Don’t Panic! Sometimes people panic when they lose their car keys and forget that there are simple, reasonable answers to the question, “What should I do if I lose my car keys?” So first, realize that this is not a DIY situation. Too often, people try to break the ignition or replace it, resulting in a more expensive fix. Plus, many vehicles have an anti-theft system, which will prevent the car from starting even if you can get the ignition to run.
- Call the Dealer? This is another common reaction and while it is logical, it will probably cost you more in the long run. Your vehicle might need to be towed to the dealer, and the cost of towing the car and creating a new key can be quite pricey. Plus, your dealer’s key information will likely be limited and only go back so many years. In most cases, a locksmith will have you up and running far sooner, which brings me to tip #3 . . .
- Contact a Locksmith. Find a local locksmith by searching online or asking for word-of-mouth recommendations. An experienced, reputable, and skilled locksmith will be able to make you a new key and help you reprogram the key. Plus, locksmiths have more sophisticated machinery than hardware stores and they charge less than dealerships.
- Have Your Key Replaced. To create a new copy of the key, the locksmith will ask for some information about your vehicle, including the year, make, model, and VIN number, so have this information handy. Please also be prepared to show proof of ownership, such as a picture ID, along with either your vehicle title or registration papers. Don’t worry if your key had fancy special features. These days, locksmiths offer more sophisticated services including high-security transponder “chipped” keys and smart keys with proximity remotes. Your locksmith might also be able to repair or replace your ignition if necessary.
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So what should I do if I lose my car keys? Call a locksmith, of course! If you’ve lost your car keys and you live in or near Springfield, MO, contact Advanced Key. Since 1982, we’ve been providing the Springfield area with a variety of locksmith services, including mobile service, automotive replacement keys, commercial and residential re-keying, the change and installation of locks, and ignition service and repair. If you’re in a jam, give us a call at 417-865-9393 or click here to contact us online.