This is not something that comes up or is mentioned too frequently in daily life. Have you ever considered what you would have to do if you lost every key that you had to get inside and operate your vehicle? Obviously the first thing you will want to do once you realize that they are missing is to retrace your steps very carefully with a flashlight if it is dark, and immediately in the light if it is not – try to look multiple times just in case! If you still have no luck, think about who you can ask that may have had your keys turned in – the local police department has a property division, which is where any lost property is sent if turned into an officer. It is worth calling the non-emergency number to ask there. If you were in a public place like a park or grocery store, speak to management or the park office.
What to Do if You Lose Your Car Keys
Once you have exhausted all options, the next step is going to be having your car re-keyed. If you are a member of AAA, they will advise you to find a locksmith in your area and offer several recommendations. It may be included depending on your membership level, or they may just offer a $60 reimbursement if you submit your receipt online within 30 days of the service. If you are not an AAA member, unfortunately this discount wouldn’t apply to you – though given the cost of re-keying a vehicle, it might be better for you to sign up if you are in this situation!
Your next step will be to find a locksmith. There are many that will meet you right at your car to help. There are multiple key options – you can choose from a basic metal key, which will open the car doors and start the car just fine, but does not have lock/unlock buttons or a remote start. These are the most affordable, likely costing from $150-$200. If you wanted a key with push buttons, the cost would be anywhere from $325-$450. $95 out of that cost is a fee paid directly to the dealer in exchange for the information that the locksmith needs to re-key the vehicle using only the VIN. Getting a remote start key made from a locksmith will only go up from here. Locksmiths can work very quickly once you select your desired key, having a new key made in 10-15 minutes!
The best advice if you are finding this article and have not yet lost your keys, is to always keep a backup, even if it’s just one of the cheap basic metal ones. Obviously not losing your keys to begin with is the most ideal option, but a back-up will certainly help!
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