If you have ever lost your car key, you know the panic that sets in. You may think that you are out of luck and will have to spend a fortune on a new car key. However, this is not always the case. In fact, there are several ways that you can get a new car key without an existing one. While many years ago, obtaining a new car key without the old one was nearly impossible, now there are many options available.
Let’s set the scene; you have lost your car key, and don’t have a spare. You’re either at home or, worse, away from home. Now what? Regardless of where you check, you just can’t seem to find the thing. If this is the case, we urge you not to panic.
Firstly, you need to know the vehicle’s make and model. You will also need to provide proof of ownership or identification, such as a driver’s license or registration. If you don’t have this information, you will need to contact the dealership for assistance.
First things first, depending on where you are, a mobile locksmith such as Car Key Solutions may be your best bet. They can come to you and make a new key right then and there; they usually carry a wide range of key blanks in their trucks, so they can make any key you might need. This is the quickest and most convenient way to get a new car key without an existing one.
How does it work with modern keys? With modern keys, things get a bit more complicated. Most cars built after 1995 use transponder chips in their keys, which makes replacing them more difficult. The locksmith will need to get the car’s VIN number, which is usually on the dashboard or door frame. They can then program a new key to match the car’s onboard computer. This process takes longer and costs more, but it is still possible to get a new key.
At this point, you’re probably wondering what will stop a car thief from getting a new key for your car. Fortunately, most locksmiths take extra steps to make sure that the person requesting the key is indeed the rightful owner of the car, by asking to see proof of ownership and a valid driver’s license. Thanks to advanced systems, they can check the VIN and make sure that the key is only programmed to work with the car it belongs to, making it nearly impossible for a thief to get a new key for your car.
If you don’t have an existing key, you’ll need to contact a locksmith or a dealership. In some cases, they may be able to create the key from scratch if they have a database of car key patterns. In other cases, they may be able to use the VIN number to create a new key that is programmed to the car. The cost of a new key will depend on the type and model of your car, as well as whether you need the locksmith or the dealership to program it.
Either way, the good news is that there are solutions available to help. Therefore, you don’t need to worry if you don’t have an existing key. Just make sure to check who can create the new one, and the associated cost, before proceeding. Good luck!