What should I do if I lost my car key?

Imagine this: you’re out and about, enjoying your day, when suddenly, your heart sinks as you realise your car keys are nowhere to be found. It’s that dreadful moment when panic sets in, even for the most composed individuals. And to make matters worse, you’ve misplaced your keys in a public place, far away from the comfort of your home. You hope against hope to find them right where you left them, but we’re not always so lucky. So, what’s your next move when you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of losing your car key?

Well, if you have a spare key, then there’s no need to worry. But your situation becomes a little more complicated if you don’t have a replacement key ready.

There are generally 2 common types of car keys, traditional car keys and car remote keys. Traditional car keys are simple metal keys and are most often used for older cars. 

Car remote keys, also known as transponder keys, feature buttons that allow you to remotely unlock your car. Many luxury cars also have push buttons that allow the driver to start their vehicle without even placing their keys into the ignition. Some car remote keys give the best of both worlds, with both a traditional metal key and the electronic key. While each of these keys can be replaced, the process that experienced automotive locksmiths follow in replacing individual types of keys does have a few crucial differences. 

Traditional Car Keys

Whilst we all enjoy the simplicity and convenience that the latest technological advancements offer us, traditional car keys offer us great reliability and don’t rely on batteries which, at some point, will run out of power. These keys are also the easiest and least expensive varieties for automotive locksmiths to replace. If you have an older car that works with a traditional car key, all you need to do is simply get a new key cut by a professional automotive locksmith.

If you’ve lost your car key or locked yourself out of your vehicle, the professional automotive locksmiths at A.Abbott Locksmiths can meet you wherever you are in Sydney, and provide you with a replacement traditional car key to get you back on your way. This is possible when the lock code is accessible, and this is generally found on the lock itself or in the log book. On some occasions, the manufacturer may need to be contacted, but it is generally a simple process.

However, if the code cannot be found and the lock is damaged, the process becomes more difficult and a key may not be able to be cut there on the spot. In this situation, the lock barrel will need to be stripped down, which is a time-consuming process that cannot be done at the site of the locked car.

Car Remote Keys

Replacing a remote car key is much more complicated than replacing a traditional car key. This is because they have a series of technological components that require specialised repair services that can be unique to the car manufacturer. While this process is slightly more difficult, it has become a standard practice within the industry and can be provided with ease by reputable locksmith providers. If you have lost your car remote key but have a spare key, you may also call on the automotive locksmiths at Abbott Locksmiths to duplicate your spare remote key. Dealerships can also reproduce your spare car remote key, but their services tend to be much more expensive than from an automotive locksmith, such as A.Abbott Locksmiths.

What to do if you lose your car keys and don’t have a spare?

If you have lost your car remote key and don’t have a spare key to use, you will need to contact your dealership for assistance. If you have no car remote keys, the computer in your car will need to be reset or possibly even replaced to ensure it can be paired with your new set of car remote keys. This is a very complex, inconvenient and costly task, and that’s why it pays to get a spare key made as soon as you lose one of your car keys.

Key Lock Box for Car

To guarantee the security of your vehicle keys while on the go, consider using a car key lockbox. This lockbox can be attached to your car while you’re enjoying activities like surfing or swimming. The keys are safely locked inside and can only be accessed by entering a combination code. This is an excellent solution for individuals who frequently misplace their keys or need to leave their car without carrying a set of keys.

The professional Automotive Locksmiths at A.Abbott Locksmiths can assist you with getting access to your car. We are highly skilled locksmiths and are equipped to provide customers with the following services:

At Abbott Locksmiths, we specialise in providing exceptional Automotive Locksmith Services in Sydney. We have been providing Professional Locksmith Services to residents and businesses in Sydney for over 50 Years. We provide a 24hr Emergency Locksmith Service, to ensure we can help you in your time of need, and you only need to read our numerous positive client reviews to give you peace of mind. For more information on why you should choose Abbott Locksmiths for your Car Locksmith Services, please contact our friendly team on 1300 655 787 anytime day or night.