The only feeling that’s worse than knowing you’ve lost your car keys is knowing that you don’t have a spare key. Imagine this – you turn the house upside down, check every cupboard, shelf, bag and even the bins but there’s still no sign of the car keys! You’re panicking thinking what should I do? Ring roadside assistance? Search for emergency locksmiths near me or car key replacement near me? The first step is to calm down, the second is contact a reliable automotive or car locksmith. All Star Lock & Key are the car key experts, we can gain entry to any car or premises within 10 minutes and damage free. Read on to find out more about what to do when you need car key replacement.
Determine What Type of Keys You Have
If you have an older car model, it’s likely you have a traditional style metal key, not dissimilar to a key you would you use for your home or office. For newer cars with remote unlocking and/or push-button start, your key will be an electronic key fob. Some cars offer a mix of both electronic or proximity unlocking, and a traditional metal key to insert into the ignition to start the engine.
If you have misplaced an old-fashioned metal car key, getting a new key is generally very easy. An emergency car locksmith can travel to wherever your car is located, and will usually be able to cut your new key then and there. They do this by removing the door lock, and using the lock code (which is engraved on the lock or in the car’s log book) to make a new key on the spot. However, if your door lock is damaged or worn or if your lock code cannot be located, things may be a little harder. Your locksmith may need to take the lock barrel away, strip it down and cut a key from that.
Advances in technology sees almost every modern car, from budget makes to premium models, come with an electronic key fob. That means there’s more to replace if you happen to lose your electric key. Often expensive to replace, however if you do have a spare key it is usually a straightforward process to make a replacement. A dealership will be able to clone your spare key and won’t need to change anything inside the car. An automotive locksmith will also be able to do this, and they are typically a much cheaper alternative. For affordable car key replacement, Perth car owners should contact All Star Lock & Key for efficient service and cost-effective rates.
If you don’t have a spare, that’s where the process becomes significantly harder and more expensive. The computer in your car that controls the doors and immobiliser will need to be reset or even replaced to match a new set of keys. This job has to be done exclusively by a car dealership.
Make Sure You Have a Replacement Key
If you lose your car key, make sure you get a replacement ASAP. If you purchase a pre-owned car and it only comes with one key, get a replacement ASAP. Having a spare car key is so important, and while it may cost a couple of hundred dollars, it’s a small price to pay to spare yourself the stress and additional expenses down the track.
How Long Does It Take to Make a Spare Car Key?
In most cases, making a spare car key does not take long at all, in fact it will usually be done in under half an hour. Duplicating a spare key from your original is as simple as heading down to your local locksmith and asking them to make a spare. If you don’t have a spare, as discussed above it is considerably more difficult, however, an experienced locksmith will be able to discuss your options with you.
Need a Replacement Car Key?
Stop searching for a ‘car locksmith near me’ and contact All Star Lock & Key today. As experienced auto locksmiths, we can make car keys and remotes on site for most makes and models of car. We can help with a variety of options such as genuine keys, after-market alternatives or keys without the button to save you money. Call us now on 0420 909 860.