3 Tips For Quickly Getting Replacement Car Keys
When your keys are lost or stolen, it can seem as if you have the world's most expensive paperweight sitting in your driveway. Obviously, they need to be replaced as quickly as possible, but doing so can be an unwanted expense. Fortunately, it is often possible to save time and money on the entire process, once you know what your options are.
#1-Get All Of The Paperwork Together
Whether you end up getting new keys from the locksmith (such as ARC Locksmith Service) or the dealership, expect to prove your identity and your legal right to access the car. That means a state-issued form of identification, like your driver's license or state ID card, car title or registration, proof of insurance, etc. If you drive the car, but it is not in your name, you may need to have the legal owner with you at this point or ask what other options are available to establish your right to access the vehicle.
#2-Call The Locksmith First
Unless you drive a higher-end vehicle like a Jaguar or Volkswagen, a locksmith may be able to make a new key for you. If this is an option for you, you are in luck. Generally, a locksmith will charge less for replacing the keys than the dealership will. In addition, it is often possible to find a mobile locksmith to come to where you are late at night, early in the morning and other times when the dealership is not open. It will be helpful to determine if the locksmith that is coming out has access to keyless entry, as some do not.
At that point, your locksmith will unlock the vehicle, if necessary, and then make a new key. It is important to note that if your vehicle uses an anti-theft system, the new key needs to be matched to the system. If the locksmith cannot do so, you will need to go to the dealership and the vehicle will need to be towed.
#3-Go To The Dealership
If for any reason the locksmith cannot get your car open and running with the new keys, the dealership will be able to help you. In addition, if you have keyless entry that was provided by the dealership and the locksmith could not help, they can replace your access. Be sure to call ahead to make sure they can see you right away.
In conclusion, replacing your lost keys is an important and time-sensitive event, since you undoubtedly need your car to take care of your normal daily activities. The good news is that by following the above tips, you can get back on the road quickly and with a minimum of lost time since you will know who to call and what to expect.