The feeling of losing your car keys can be compared to setting your own pants on fire. All it takes is just one moment of negligence and your keys are gone. Forever. You will be locked out of your car and in the age of modern car where is everything is contact-less, this can turn out to be an expensive adventure.
Modern cars are equipped with keyless systems that are convenient until they are in your pocket. The moment you lose them, it’s a rough ride. You cannot hop into a hardware store and get a new one made because these keys need digital signatures to work. The key will have to be programmed properly before you can use it again.
If the key is lost, you have two options – call the dealership and get a new key ordered. This can range anywhere from $100 to $1000 depending on the car type. The second option is to contact an auto locksmith service. They will do the exact same thing as the dealership but for half the price.
If you have an old car then it becomes a lot easier. You can contact any key maker and they will make a replacement key for you at cheap.
Here are 5 tips that you should know about car key replacements-
Don’t Lose Your Key
Yes, it is an advice worth millions of dollars. Don’t lose your damn keys. If you find yourself losing your keys often, it is best that you latch those small Bluetooth modules to your keys that signal the location of the keys. This way, you can use your smartphone to find out the exact location of the key.
You can either pay $200 for the key or pay some attention. The choice is yours.
Insurance can Help
Your insurance provider can offer you policies that cover your car keys. It is a must-have if you are using a car with a 3-figure key set. It will be cheaper to replace the key this way.
Always Have a Duplicate
A dealership will give you an additional set of keys so keep these somewhere safe. You can also have a mechanical version of the key which will give you access to the car but may or may not let you drive the car. If you are lucky and got the keys stuck inside the car, having a mechanical key to open the doors is a big time saver.
Use Waterproof and Shockproof Keys
Often break your programmed keys because of dirt and moisture? Or drop them a lot? Whatever the case, you can get some waterproof and shockproof cars keys made especially for the active drivers.
Luxury Cars Keys are a Pain
Who would have guessed that expensive car will have expensive key replacements? Manufactures like BMW and Mercedes Benz have built in so much of technology into their keys that it can get a bit overwhelming. Their proprietary programmed keys mean they will only be replaced by dealers. You can contact a locksmith if the model is pretty old but for newer models, contact the dealership soon.