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What to do When You Lose Your Car Key and Have No Spare

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Losing your car key is bad enough, but to have no spare is far worse. If this has happened to you, you don’t need a lecture about always have a spare on hand. This is a very stressful lockout situation. If you have lost the key without a spare key handy, you will be rendered stranded and immobile. 24Hr Lockouts has compile this quick list to help you out if you have lost your only car key.

Search the Immediate Area Again

Not only is this about looking a second time, it’s also a good way to calm down and recover your composure. This will allow you to assess your surroundings while searching again. You will have a better idea of how to handle the situation once you have determined that the key is actually lost. Don’t forget to check even the most unlikely places.

Check the Vehicle

Once you have determined that the car key is not in the immediate surroundings, double check your car. There can be many reasons for a car lockout, but one leading reason is forgetfulness. Sometimes people simply forget their keys and inadvertently lock them in the car. If this is the case, call us to come and unlock the vehicle.

Gather the Necessary Vehicle Information

If you have not been so lucky as to simply lock the key in the car, you will need to have a key made. Whether you use a locksmith or a dealership, you will need to provide certain information in order to make the correct key to operate the car. You will need the make, model, and year of your car as well as the vehicle identification number (VIN). While you may not be able to get this from inside the car, you most likely have your proof of insurance inside your wallet, and that document will have the necessary information.

Choose Between a Locksmith or the Dealer

Not all locksmiths make new keys, but many do. If you have no one to drive you to a dealership, the choice is simple. You will need a mobile locksmith. A locksmith may be less expensive than a dealership, but the dealership may be able to locate the exact key more quickly.

Have a Spare Made

We know that you don’t need to be reminded of this step now, but it doesn’t hurt to put this on the checklist. In fact, have two spare keys made and store them in separate places.

24Hr Lockouts provides reliable, reputable lockout solutions any time of day or night. Contact us first when you find yourself locked out of car or home.

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