Locked out your car? Lost your car keys? Car keys been stolen? These are all frustrating and stressful situations but worry not we’ve got the full low down on what you can do in these situations to get you on the road again!
What to do if you’ve lost your car keys?
Have you got your phone, wallet, keys…? Don’t panic! If you’ve lost your car keys, keeping a clear head may help you remember where you may have left them. If your keys are still not to be seen check with your insurance provider first as your policy may cover lost keys. You can also get a replacement key through your franchised dealer but this may take a while and is usually costly. We recommend that you call an auto Locksmith in this situation as they are usually the cheapest and fastest option.
What to do if you’ve locked your keys inside the car?
Stay calm and check if you have a spare key anywhere when you’ve locked your keys inside the car. Our Locksmiths at Keytek® are able to gain entry to your car without causing any damage. However, if you need new keys cut, have locked the keys in the boot or have a certain type of car such as a convertible than a specialist auto Locksmith is needed.
What to do if your car keys are stolen?
Car manufactures are continually developing car security so that it is much harder for thieves to steal your car. But if they manage to get hold of your keys and didn’t steal your car at the same time your car is at risk of being stolen too. To protect your car and resolve the issue, here are some things you can do:
- Secure your car: Block your car in with another car so that it cannot be driven off or keep it in a safe place such as a garage (if that key wasn’t stolen also!). If you have a spare key, remove some spark plugs and a couple of fuses, so that the car won’t start for anyone trying to take it.
- Call the police: Report the crime and write down the reference number so you can keep track if there is any progress.
- Contact an auto Locksmith: An auto Locksmith specialist will be able to deprogram all previous keys rendering them useless and will be able to program new keys as well as changing the locks, so your car is as secure as can be once more.
- Phone your insurer: Some insurance companies include key protection within their cover. If your insurer does, they may help cover the costs of the auto Locksmith and the new keys.
What to do if your car key snaps?
If your car key snaps or becomes damaged then a specialist auto Locksmith will be needed to cut a new key, the Locksmith will then remove the electronic chip from the old key and insert it into the new one. If the key snaps in the lock or the ignition, the same process will occur but the Locksmith will remove the remnants of the old key first. If the transponder key is damaged the Locksmith will need to program the new key so that it can start the engine, key programming is more of a specialised area so before you call a Locksmith make sure they have the correct tools necessary.
What to do if your car key battery runs flat?
If you find your car key battery no longer works you can easily replace it with a new battery. To find the old battery gently pry open the fob using a small screwdriver or a coin and you will see a small, round silver battery. Look for the numbers on the battery before you buy the new one so you can match them up.
If your car doors are locked then it is worth trying to open the door by holding the key fob as close to the lock as you can and pulling the handle. Sometimes this works as there may just be enough power in the key fob to unlock door when it is in close proximity. Failing that, open the jack of your key fob, the majority of car manufactures hide a small mechanical key inside so you can manually open the car door.
Who do you call?
If you have accidentally left your car keys in the ignition or on the seats and the doors have automatically locked then our Locksmiths here at Keytek® will be able to gain entry to your car, providing there is a frame all the way round your car windows, without causing any damage! Just call 0808 1642928.
If we can’t help you then we recommend you call a specialist auto Locksmith. An auto
Locksmith is usually the cheapest and quickest option. They will be able to come directly to your location, gain entry to your car without causing damage and cut you a new key should you require it. Going to your car dealership or a local garage are a couple more options but they may work out to be slower to replace your keys and are usually more expensive.
How much does it cost to replace a car key?
Replacing your car key can cost from as little as £25 to well over £200, the price reflects on the make, model and age of the car and what immobilizer the car has. The key type also depends on the price, e.g. if it is a remote key fob, whether it has keyless entry and whether it is a key made before 1995 without the chip.
What information will you need to provide?
You will need to provide some information to the Locksmith to prove you are the owner of the car and you will need to ensure they have to correct tools for the job. Prepare the following:
- The make and model of the car, some cars require more of a specialist Locksmith such as convertibles.
- Registration number
- Vehicle Identification Number, you can find this on your V5C papers.
- Photo ID, this will help prove you are the owner of the car.