Losing your car keys is one of the most frustrating experiences you can have. Whether you’re rushing to get somewhere on time or are just trying to run an errand, losing your keys can make any situation stressful and inconvenient.
Before you call AAA or a locksmith, be sure to check everywhere you normally put your keys. Empty your pockets, look in the bags you have with you, and even think back to your day. You might have reached into your bag to grab a snack, and your keys fell out of the bottom of the bag. You also may have left them on the counter at home, or on a table somewhere while you walked in.
The type of key you have will determine how hard or easy it is to replace. Traditional car keys (those that have a metal shank) are the easiest to duplicate. A car locksmith can do this right away, and for much less than the dealership charges.
Transponder or “smart” car keys have a chip in them that must be programmed to work with the ignition. This is done with a special machine, which not everyone has access to. If you lose a key with a transponder chip, you’ll need to go to a locksmith or the dealership, and it’s usually more expensive than getting a regular key.
Whenever possible, it’s best to have a spare set of car keys. Keep one at home, give one to your spouse or significant other, or leave a spare in your trunk for emergencies.Car key replacement locksmith