Whether you have lost your keys, had them stolen, or they have broken, you may not know how to get a car key replacement. There are various ways to purchase a replacement car key, all of which vary in price, technique and time to complete. Depending on what situation you find yourself in, different options might work best for you.
Fast and the Least Expensive
If you are in a hurry or want your car key replaced as quickly as possible then calling an auto Locksmith might be the best option for you.
An auto Locksmith is specially trained and owns the right equipment to replace all types of keys for most vehicle manufacturers and models. The benefit of an auto Locksmith, is that they are mobile and can come to you, depending on how busy they are, they may be able to be with you within the hour.
It’s more than likely someone who advertises themselves as an auto Locksmith will carry the equipment that reprograms car keys and should be able to reprogram keys for all makes and models of vehicles. An auto locksmith should be able to complete the job in one visit as they are well stocked with the relevant equipment and blank eye. They will also be able to disable keys that no longer work.
Least Upfront Cost
If you want to get your hands on replacement car keys without having to pay upfront, then you may want to go through your car insurance provider. Not all car insurance policies cover replacement car keys, so you will need to check with your provider. It’s worth remembering that you may not pay up front, put if you do claim on insurance, it’s likely to increase the cost of your policy on your next renewal and may affect your no claims bonus.
Some insurance providers give you an add on of ‘Car Key Cover’ which you will usually pay for as extra alongside your standard policy. This could be a good way to safeguard yourself from a big bill if you need to replace your car keys.
It’s The Middle of The Night
If you find yourself without your keys in the small hours of the morning, the choice of auto Locksmiths may be minimal. If you struggle to find one, then you may have to call a breakdown service such as the RAC or AA. However, they might not be able to replace all types of keys as it will depend on what kind of equipment they have in their roadside vans.
This is likely to be a slow option, as they will be dealing with several breakdowns and if you are in a safe place, you will not be top of the list. It’s also worth noting that a lot of breakdown services use auto Locksmiths, so, if possible, it’s easier just to go with an auto locksmith.
You Want a Genuine Branded Key
It could be that your Mercedes or BMW is your pride and joy, and you want to have a key that is fully branded and authentic from the manufacture. To do this you would have to find and go to a local franchised dealership.
This is a very expensive option but is probably the only to get a key with your car’s logo on it. It’s also a very lengthy way of getting a replacement key, as the dealership will have to send away for a blank key that might take a long time to arrive. It’s likely that a dealership, won’t have the equipment to reprogram a car key on site, so its quite possible that they themselves will call an auto Locksmith to do the work. If you’re not fussed about having a branded key, then it will be easier to go directly to an auto Locksmith.
How To Get a Replacement Car Key?
As you’ve probably gathered the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to get a replacement car key is through an auto Locksmith. Replacing your car key won’t come cheap, but there are ways to keep the costs down and going directly to an auto locksmith is one of them. To find out more about our auto Locksmiths, visit out auto locksmiths’ page.