It’s amazing how much we depend on our cars in our day-to-day lives.  Many of us could not even get to work without our cars. 

Losing a car key is stressful enough, but if you don’t have any extra copy it can seem like a nightmare. If this happens to you, don’t panic. You don’t have to put your whole life on pause or empty your wallet over a lost car key. 

Believe it or not, it is possible to have a copy of your car key made without the original – and without breaking the bank.

What Kind of Replacement Key Will You Need?

If you find yourself in a position where you must have a car key made, your first step is to determine what kind of key you will need. 

If you own a car from 1981 or earlier, you may just need a simple key cut from a standard key block.

Newer-model cars have cut keys called transponder keys. These keys include programmed chips as safety features. Even if a transponder key was cut, it still would not turn on the car without the proper programming. 

The third kind of car key is a smart key. Smart keys act as a remote and are not like traditional keys at all. These resemble an attached key fob and do not require the traditional means of turning the ignition.

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Traditional Key

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Transponder Key

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Smart Key

Don’t Have the Original Key?

You can still acquire a replacement key if you have lost the original. You may consider returning to the dealer to obtain a replacement key, however, this can be very expensive, especially if your vehicle needs to be towed.

A more affordable option is to enlist the services of an auto locksmith. Many locksmiths can cut and program a key for about half the cost of a dealership replacement. Some dealers even utilize the services of outside locksmiths for replacement keys.

An experienced locksmith will be able to make a replacement key for you even if you do not have the original. It doesn’t matter where you are or the type of vehicle you need help with. The services of a skilled professional also extend to keys for scooters, trucks, vans, caravans, and motorcycles.

What Information Will Your Locksmith Need?

When you contact a locksmith, you will need to supply some information to the company before your key can be replaced. This includes:

  • Vehicle year, make, and model
  • Proof of ownership (registration or title)
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Key Identification Number

The VIN can be found either on the driver’s side doorpost or stamped on a metal plate on the driver’s side dashboard. 

Your key identification number is not always required. If you do need to access this number, it can usually be found in your car manual. 

If you suspect your original key was stolen, be sure to inform your locksmith. They will be able to reprogram your car so that the old keys no longer work.

Do You Need to Worry About a Tow?

Not only is choosing a dealer to replace your key much more expensive, it often requires you to have your vehicle towed. When you enlist the help of an auto locksmith, you can stay put knowing that help is on the way.

If you require an emergency locksmith to travel to you, make sure that you can provide the address or cross streets of your location. Our locksmith will utilize the newest technology to cut and program your new key or smart key on the spot. 

Enlisting The Help of a Supportive Team

The loss or damage of your only car key is a stressful situation but you don’t have to handle it alone. Our professionals are trained to handle nearly all car models, so you can be assured that your vehicle is in excellent hands. Open 24 hours a day and seven days a week – there is never a bad time to contact us. Your local Pop-A-Lock is here to help with any of you locksmithing needs!