Well, it’s a rare occurrence, but it actually happens. You’re just out in the world running your errands, and as you head to your car, suddenly, it hits you in a huff… “I lost my car keys!” It’s pretty disappointing, especially if you were in a hurry to get somewhere. We don’t usually carry our spare keys around, so losing your key will definitely get you locked out of your car – which translates to a dead-end for your driving plans and might take some time to recover.
First Things First.
The minute you realize you can’t trace your car keys, the most important thing to do is to remain calm and critically analyze your situation and weigh your options. First, review your day’s schedule. Maybe you had taken an hour’s break from work or needed to rush for an urgent appointment. Before you get down to handling this situation, make a few calls, and let people in your schedule know you’re stuck and probably can’t keep up.
Secure Your Car.
You are sure your car keys are not in your custody but are you sure if someone took them? If they did, why? You need to ensure that nobody shows up and drives away with your car. Assuming you had parked it in a secured parking lot, alert the guards immediately so that they can keep a close eye on your car as you work your way out. If the neighborhood is unfamiliar, I would as well consider reporting at the nearest police station that I lost my car keys for security and safety reasons.
After you secure the car, it’s time to get the spare key. If there’s someone around your home with access to your house, you could ask them to get it and send it to your location, probably via courier services. If not, then you have to find other means to get them yourself.
I Need Help, I lost my car keys.
At this stage, you need third-party aid to gain access to your car. Professional FL, West Palm Beach locksmiths, can perform this magic as long as you can prove to them that the car belongs to you. Before you call the helpline, you need to get details of your vehicle’s make, model, year of manufacture, and the vehicle’s identification number (VIN). You also need to know a few things about your car’s locking and ignition system. Personal identification documents should accompany all this information and, in some cases, your insurance details as well.
Decide Between a Locksmith and a Dealership.
If you’re riding a high-end car or a car with quite sophisticated locking and ignition system, few locksmiths will be willing to get involved. So you might have to call your dealership for help. For cars with systems pretty less beyond the ordinary, all you have to do is find a reliable locksmith. The cost will most likely influence your choice, so it is advisable to get a reliable West Palm Beach, FL locksmith to help you out. If you don’t have one, you can try seeking referrals from friends, your service station, or a mechanic.
The locksmith will program a key much like your lost one within minutes of arrival if you have the necessary documents with you. A dealership, on the other hand, may need to tow your car to their garage, and depending on their formalities, the whole process might take a little longer.
Get Yourself a Spare Key or Two.
Whether you got your spare key from home or had to get one from a locksmith, or your dealership, you’re now one keyless. This is a perfect opportunity to replace it with one or two more. A professional locksmith should get you one within minutes. It is also time to try new hacks, like finding smart ways to hide a spare key within your car, where you can access it easily at any time. Seize the opportunity to save yourself from a sticky “lost my car keys” scenario in the future.