You have lost your keys. What an inconvenience. What should you do next? Getting new car keys might not be as easy as getting keys for your house but you can be prepared if you lose your car keys.
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Here are some things that will be very useful in case of emergency.
First of all establish what type of keys you have. The technology surrounding car keys has evolved significantly in the last 10 years so it is good to know what kind of key you have.
Transponder Key If you have a relatively modern car there is a high possibility that you have a programmed transponder key coupled with a key less entry remote, or that you only have the transponder key. Most cars that were manufactured after the late 90’s come with transponder keys. A transponder key takes the pairing process between a car and a key to a heightened level.
Key less Entry Remote are commonly referred to as key fobs. These kinds of keys are constantly communicating with your vehicle and it essentially makes your car much more accessible to you. There are many advantages to having a key less entry remote, but it is hard to see any of them once you have lost your car keys and have no spare.
Traditional Car Keys are the old faithful. They have been around for years and they are relatively easy to replace or duplicate. They do not offer much security for your car, but they are the best kind of key to own if you ever lose your key and have no spare. It is relatively easy for spare car keys and duplicate car keys to be made of these traditional keys.
First things first!
Search your immediate area again.
Take the time to look for your keys to make sure that you have defiantly misplaced them and the only way to start your car is to ask for help. There is chance that you might have left them somewhere, or they might have fallen from your pocket accidentally.
Check your vehicle
After you have searched for your car keys and you have established, that they might be lost it’s best to look inside your car. Leaving your keys in the car is the most common reason for people to need a locksmith for their car.
Gather the necessary vehicle information
Once you have established that your car key is definitely lost you need to make sure you have all the information that the locksmith will require so he can help you.
Being able to identify that you need a transponder key or a traditional key is only part of the entire process.
You will have to provide your vehicle identification number (VIN), as well as the make, model and year of your vehicle. Most of this information can be found on insurance cards or the car registration document.
A professional locksmith will be able to help you and assist you further.