Help! I’ve lost my car keys and need a replacement
Where can I get a new car key Replacement without the original?
There are a lot of options, and it isn’t a hard thing to do. It is important to know what options you have and choose the one that you know will be able to get you your new key. For a lot of drivers, it depends on the price. They don’t want to be charged insane amounts; they just want their new key.
Getting one made by a locksmith and one made by the original dealership will vary a lot on the price. A locksmith doing it will generally cost you less also locksmiths can come to you rather than you having to go to the dealership!
1. Determine which key you have
Before you contact either the auto locksmith or the car dealership, you need to find out what type of key you have. Figuring this out first will help the whole process to go a whole lot smoother.
All cars are different so that means that all car keys are different too. Just because you have a KIA car doesn’t mean that all you need is a KIA key, you need to make sure that the key matches the make and model of your car.
You don’t need to have the original keys to figure this out though, all you need is to know if you have a transponder key, a fob key, or a mechanical key. It is important to know for sure which one you need otherwise you could end up paying for a key replacement that doesn’t work.
Don’t waste time messing around, make sure you know exactly which key it is that you need before moving on to the next step.
2. Choose a key replacement solution
Now that you are sure which type of key you need, it is time to decide how you are going to handle it all. Are you going to do it yourself with levers, pumps, and all types of tools to get back into your car?
Are you going to catch a ride or walk to your nearest dealership and shell out a good bit of cash for a replacement key, or are you going to call an auto locksmith to come by and help you out?
The solution that you choose to get your replacement key made depends on a few factors including how much it is going to run you and exactly how fast you need the car key replcement. Say, if you are trying to get back into your car because you are late for an important event. It might not be the best time to try out those DIY hacks you saw online the other day.
How much it is going to take out of your pocket is usually the deciding factor for most. “Why pay $xxx when I can just pay $xx?” is usually the mindset.
Just make sure that you choose a reliable source when you are thinking about savings. Slippers you buy from the dollar store aren’t going to last as long as ones you get from Target, you get me?
3. Gather the necessary information about your vehicle
Okay, now it is time to make sure that you have all the information that you are going to need to make your new key.
We know that you aren’t interested in wasting the time of the auto locksmith or the dealership people, and that is why you are going to read this thoroughly to make sure that you know everything you are going to need to tell them, right?
Not only do we not want to waste their time, but we also aren’t too keen on wasting yours either, yeah?
You are going to need to know your VIN or vehicle identification number.
This isn’t hard to find, it is usually on your dashboard or your engine bay. If you can’t find it, don’t fail to ask the professionals for help, I mean, why do we have professionals if we never ask them for help, right? Right.
Knowing your VIN or having the locksmith or dealership person know it makes it easier to figure out which key goes with your vehicle which makes it easier to know what type of key you need for your car without the need for the original.
With this information, your auto locksmith or your dealership will have a much easier time getting a new key made for you! Isn’t that great? Yes, of course, it is!
4. Wait patiently for your car key replacement
At this point, it’s just time to wait. After you have given all the necessary information to the auto locksmith or the dealership you just need to sit back and wait for them to get back to you. This process does indeed take longer than if you had the original.
Sorry to tell you that, but it’s simply the truth. When you give your VIN to a locksmith, they need to go through the vehicle database to figure which key is yours and that can take some time. If you had the original, all they would have to do is duplicate it and bam, all done.
That is why I suggest when you do get your new key, you make sure to make a copy. This way, this won’t happen to you again.
Also, don’t forget to ask the locksmith or dealer if your key needs to be paired with your car. You don’t want to have to deal with a whole different issue.