Steps to Take After Losing Your Car Keys

What you should do after losing your car keys.people exchanging car keys

Today, new car key technology makes replacing lost car keys more difficult and expensive than ever.  Depending on the type of key you have, replacement costs can exceed $300.  Here are the steps that you will have to take to replace different types of car keys.

  • Traditional Car Keys

Traditional car keys are metal keys that work mechanically.  This means the car owner much physically insert the key into the door lock and ignition cylinder to unlock and start up the car.  Replacing a car key is relatively easy.  All you need to do is call a locksmith who can come and make you a new key on the spot.

  • Car Key Fob and Switchblade Key

Switchblade keys combine key fobs and traditional car keys into a single unit.  These types of keys are much more expensive to replace, costing an average of $125-$200 depending on the car.  To replace switchblade keys, you should go to an auto dealership where the key can be cut and programmed for you.

  • Smart Key

Also known as “keyless ignition,” smart keys go with vehicles that have a start button rather than an ignition cylinder.  Proximity sensors in the vehicle allow the car owner to unlock and start the car when the smart key is nearby.  If you lose your smart key, then you will have to tow your car to the dealership and purchase a new key.  Smart keys are the most expensive keys out there are they can cost you over $320 to replace.

This is what you need to know about replacing lost car keys.  Do you have other car ownership questions, such as inquiries about your auto insurance?  If so, then contact the experts at Desert Empire Insurance.  We are ready to assist you with all your car coverage needs today.