How do I get my spare car key back?
It’s not an uncommon practice to lose car keys. The majority of times you will find the keys in a strange place, even though you believe they are lost. If you aren’t able to find them, you might panic at first, especially if you don’t have a spare handy. We will discuss what to do if you lost your car keys and don’t have a spare.
Let’s look at the steps you should take and how different car key types will require a different action.
- How to find your car keys if they are lost
- Based on your car's key type, what should you do?
- Lost Car Keys FAQs
How to find your car keys if they are lost
First, search for your keys in the same area you lost them. If you can’t find them, then the next step is to call a locksmith to help you get into your car. The locksmith will either create a new key or unlock your door with no key.
If you have a modern car and your car keys are lost and have no spare, you have to contact the dealership to make new car keys and reprogram them to your car’s immobilizer system. Depending on the model of your vehicle, you may need to bring the car in to the dealer.
This is an overview of the steps to take in case you have lost your car keys. You will see the steps based on which car keys you have.
1. Find the Area
You should immediately check the area around your vehicle if you notice that your key has been lost. Retrace your steps and remain calm. You will often find your keys in the front of you, and it will make no sense to continue.
If the keys are found, we recommend that you get a spare key while your fear is still fresh in your mind. If you aren’t able to find the keys, it’s time to take the next step.
2. Make sure you check your vehicle
After you’ve searched the house or wherever you are, it’s time to look in the car if your car is unlocked. Because of forgetfulness, many people accidentally leave their keys inside the car. It is possible to locate your keys in the vehicle, however, they should not be kept locked up, as this will lead to more issues.
If you find your keys in the car, it’s time to get a spare made. You can get new keys made if you don't find them.
3. Collect your vehicle information
You will need some basic information, no matter if you go to your local locksmith or car dealer. Otherwise, they won’t be able to provide the key that works with your vehicle.
First, you will need to determine which type of key your use. (More on this in a moment). You will also need the vehicle identification number (VIN), which can be found on the dash and the driver’s side door jamb. You will also need the vehicle identification number (VIN) which can be found on your dash.
4. Purchase a brand new Key
You now have to choose whether you want to deal with a car dealer or your local locksmith. You would normally choose to work with a locksmith if your car is older in order to save some cash.
Dealerships may be required for newer models. With the latest technologies, it’s best to have your dealer prepare the key so you are sure it will work. This option will cost you more but save you many headaches.
5. Prepare a Spare Key
Once you have a new key for your car, it’s time to get a spare. It’s going to be easiest just to order two keys at the same time.
With your spare key, you won’t have to face this level of panic again. If you do lose your key again, there will be another spare to help you get by until you can purchase a replacement.
Based on your car's key type, what should you do?
There are many keys. One of these types might be your car's key. Each key type is different. We'll also discuss how you can get a new one.
1. Traditional Car Key
You will see a metal key in older vehicles and lower-cost models. You insert this key into your ignition, and it turns the engine on.
You can call any locksmith to replace your traditional key. While you wait, they will come to you and create a new key. A locksmith is a great way to save money than going to the dealer.
2. Key fob for car
Fobs originally were an accessory to the key. While they can unlock and lock the car, a key will still be required to turn it on.
You can use your car even if you have lost the key fob. For now, use the standard key to unlock the doors and lock them. The key fobs can also be purchased at most auto parts stores, dealers, and online. Aftermarket options are easily programmed.
3. Switchblade Key and Car Key Fob
You will have to do a different thing if your key fob has a key attached and it is lost. Your spring-loaded key is inside your key fob, so you are unable to use your car.
For a replacement fob, it is best to call the dealer. A dealership can cut the key to reprogram a replacement fob.
4. Smart Key
A smart key is included with keyless ignition. It works together with the vehicle's start button. Your vehicle will automatically turn on when it detects the proximity sensor.
This key is also required to be towable to the dealer if it has been lost. The new key must be paired to your car’s computer, making the process more complicated. They are the most difficult to replace.
5. Transponder Key
Transponder keys first became available in the 1990s. The ignition keys have a head made of plastic with an embedded computer chip. It is necessary to establish the wireless connection between your car and the key before you can use it for starting the vehicle.
You will face greater difficulties if you have lost the key. To get a replacement key, the dealer will require that your car be town to their location and you provide proof of ownership. The cut key will need to pair up to your car’s computer to work properly, which could leave you without a ride for several days if the dealership is busy.
Lost Car Keys FAQs
Are lost car keys possible to be tracked?
Although modern cars have high-tech features, it is impossible to find your car keys without a computer. To prevent theft, you have options.
Is it possible for a locksmith to make a new key from an original lock?
An experienced locksmith can make new keys for you, even if the original is lost. Also, an authorized dealer will be able to order a car key for you with the car’s VIN number, so that may be a better choice.
How can I obtain a key from my VIN number?
Yes, you can get a new key made from the VIN number at your car’s authorized dealer. Be sure to bring the documents necessary to verify ownership.
Is insurance available to cover lost keys?
Normal car insurance does not cover lost keys. There may be some exceptions, however, if your comprehensive policy covers theft as well as other incidents such as vandalism or fire, then you might qualify. Most standard policies for car insurance do not cover lost or stolen keys.
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