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We’ve all been there so, We are here to help you navigate this annoying predicament that you might be stuck in. Once you have taken the time to figure out the kind of key you have, you need to start troubleshooting your situation. This simple process will help you figure out the best solution to your list of problems.

1. Search Your Immediate Area Again

This point ties in well with the introductory paragraph that outlined how important it was to remain calm once you discover that you have lost your car keys. The simple act of maintaining your composure gives you the ability to properly assess your surroundings again. Before you dive into any of the steps about how to handle any situation where you find yourself saying “I lost my car keys”, you should always make sure that your keys are actually lost.

We say this to people all the time, and it is mostly because We have seen so many people do it. There is always a tendency to misplace keys and then write them off as being lost when you have not taken the time to adequately search for them. Take the time to search your immediate area again until you are completely sure that your keys are lost. There is always the chance that you placed them down somewhere and simply forgot where they were. In situations like this, it helps to look in locations that might seem unlikely. This might sound like cliched, but it can save you time and money.

2. Check Your Vehicle

Once you have ascertained that your car keys are not in your immediate surroundings (this may be in your office, house, restaurant you just had dinner at, etc.) the next place you should check is your car. There are several causes for car lockouts, but one of the leading causes is forgetfulness. Sometimes people simply forget their keys from time to time, and that is why it is such a common occurrence to find car keys that have been locked inside a car.

If you do happen to find your keys locked away in your car, then you will not have to worry about not having a spare key. At this point, you will need to get in touch with a locksmith who will be able to get you back to your car to retrieve your keys. However, if you have not been so lucky then you should continue reading.

3. Gather the Necessary Vehicle Information

In order for a locksmith, or even a dealership to help you when you have lost your car keys and have no spare, they will need you to provide them with various bits of information. The information that you provide will help them get you the right key that you will need to operate your vehicle. Essentially, you will have to be able to tell whoever is helping you the kind of key you replacement key that you need. Being able to identify that you need a transponder key or a traditional key is only part of the entire process.

Due to the fact that there are so many different car models available you will have to narrow your focus to your specific car so that you can get the right key. To do this, you will have to provide your vehicle identification number (VIN), as well as the make, model and year of your vehicle. Most of this information can be found on insurance cards or the car registration document. If you are locked out of your vehicle and unable to access these documents, an examination of your car door lock by a professional can help determine the necessary replacement key.

4. Choose Between The Dealer & The Locksmith

If you have lost your car keys and you have no spare, you will definitely have to deal with someone at a dealership or at a locksmith shop. The only way to bypass one of these venues is if you know someone that has the skills and equipment to carry the job out without charging you any fee. I personally do not know any such person, but if you do then you can skip this section and move on down the line.

Essentially, you will have to make the decision on who you want to reach out to help you in this scenario. The decision for this is not exactly clear cut because each of these avenues has their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a quick look at these so we have a somewhat better understanding of what each of these can give you when you are looking to get spare car keys.

If you have a much older car, then calling a locksmith will most likely be your best bet. This allows you to bypass the dealership and their expensive costs. A locksmith can easily fashion you a replacement key, and you will not have to worry about programming the key because it is for a much older car. If the price is the most pressing factor, then you could introduce the local hardware store into the equation, but the only caveat with that is you will most likely need to have a key on you in order to make a copy. In this situation that will not work.

A majority of the newer car models have intricate keys that some locksmiths do not know how to tackle, so depending on how unique your car is you will have to settle on contacting your dealer to help you get a new key.

5. Pay Attention To Cost and Reliability

In a situation like this, it is very easy to be swayed by the cost of things and forget that sometimes you need to focus on how dependable and reliable things are. This is not to say that you should not try to explore more cost effective avenues, but you shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that you need a functioning key to last for a good amount of time. Your keys are an important part of your automotive security, so you do not want to invest time and money in replacing your keys, only for them to wind up being a liability. Do not be swept up in the haste of replacing your lost car keys that you overlook security.

6. Ask To Have An Additional Spare Key Made

Once you have made the decision on who you would like to reach out to in order to get a replacement key made, you can relax and breathe easy. However, you should take advantage of this situation and have an additional spare key made. I know earlier on I said I wasn’t going to harp on people not having spare keys, but it is something that needs to be addressed. A spare key is not just some minor addition that has no value. It can come in handy in any number of situations so make sure you have one and you are prepared for any outcome. If you had one then you probably would not have read this entire post! The truth is, it might seem costly to get one now, especially if it has to be programmed to your vehicle, but in the long run it pays off.


If you have lost your car keys and have no spare, then I hope that reading this helped you in some way or form. Ideally, you should have a general idea of the course of action you can take. For those of you that are reading this as a preventative measure, I hope you never find yourself saying “I lost my car keys”. Always remember that if you lose your car keys in an emergency situation that you feel has the potential to threaten your life, then don’t try to speed read this post.


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