Lost Keys – What To Do When You Lose Your Keys
Losing your keys happens to more people than you’d think. Most of the time, the keys are simply misplaced, or have fallen within the cracks of couch cushions or have made their way into trusting souls who would never do anything to try and find the matching lock. Still, most people who lose their keys readily take the necessary steps to ensure their safety and the safety of the ones they love. There are people out there who have nothing better to do than find the matching home or car the set of keys belongs to, especially if you lose your keys at work, at your favorite spot, or where there’s a good chance whoever found your keys knows exactly where to go to find the match. So the question looms, what should you do when you lose your keys? Use the tips and tricks below to help you make that important decision.
Tips and Tricks
The number one logical thing most people do is change their locks around their home. Some people simply add locks such as deadbolts so they’re not replacing every key ring in the household. Other times, people add protection through the use of door braces, door chains, automatic lights and video monitoring systems.
If you have a home system installed, and you had a key chain device on your key ring, it’s a good idea to alert the company and make them aware that 1) you need a new one and 2) change the codes. This will give added protection to your home, family and yourself.
Inform your neighbors. We’ve all heard of the term ‘nosy neighbors’ however, this time you can use it to your advantage, at least until you can make some changes in and around your home to add protection. Neighborhood watch is a great way to protect everyone close to you.
Another thing you might want to consider is calling a locksmith to re-key your car. If your car has an alarm on it, contacting the dealership to alert them of the issue and to find out if they can re-alarm your car wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
I know some of these things can seem outrageous, expensive and time consuming but if safety is your top priority you should take some of the extra steps to reinforce what you’ve already accomplished. Possessions and material objects are one thing, and lives are another. Besides, you’ll realize that taking all of these steps really doesn’t take too much time at all, especially when your loved ones are at stake.
If You Lose Your Car Keys How Do You Replace Them?
Losing your car keys can be frustrating. Replacing them can be expensive if one of the “keys” you need to replace is the kind of sophisticated microchipped remote control device that is now common with new models. You have two basic alternatives for replacing your keys: your car dealer or a locksmith. The last options is cheaper than the first.
The dealer from which you bought your car can replace the ignition key and entry key (or keyless entry remote). They simply need the Vehicle Identification Number and your documentation for the car to confirm that you purchased the vehicle from them. Dealers often charge a steep price, however—anywhere between $150 to $350 to replace a remote control device. So going to the dealer should not be your first resort, unless your need is urgent and no alternative is readily available.
To avoid the cost of an expensive replacement from your car dealer, consult a locksmith. An ordinary key may be replaceable for a few dollars. Many locksmiths can also program a keyless remote for you, in which case the fee is likely to be tens of dollars rather than hundreds of dollars. The locksmith will need the VIN to cut a correct key or program a keyless remote. (Since the VIN number can be used to obtain a copy of your remote, it’s a good idea to keep it concealed with a bit of tape to help thwart thieves.)
[us_c] provide switchblade keys and transponder chip keys for a variety of different car brands.
You have probably heard of car keys referred to as switchblade keys and transponder keys recently, but weren’t 100% sure what they actually are.
A switchblade key is basically no different than any other car key around. The only difference is its appearance. The switchblade key is designed to fold away inside the fob when it is not being used. To release the key from the fob you simply push a button on the side of your fob that triggers the keys release. Switchblade keys have become very popular recently because of their smart compact look.
Transponder keys (also known as chip keys) are a little more complex; originally designed to combat car theft in the United Kingdom, transponder keys have a transponder chip imbedded inside the key. This chip sends a coded signal to the car’s inbuilt computer when the ignition is started. If the code is incorrect then car will not start. This technology has helped bring the world’s auto theft percentage right down.
Because switchblade keys are only developed for new car models they are usually equipped with a programmed transponder chip.
If you have lost your transponder key or switchblade key and wish to get it replaced you will have to get the proper authorization required as these keys often come with a “do not copy” order printed on them.
If you do have proper authorization your car dealership will be able to duplicate a copy or alternatively your [us_mbl]. [us_c] has the tools necessary to perform a key duplication for you. Using your [us_mbl] can sometimes be more convenient that going to your car dealership because your locksmith will usually be a mobile service and be able to come to you.
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