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What to do if you lose your car keys

Have you found yourself in the frustrating situation of misplacing your car keys or keyless remote fob, and to add to the worry, you have no spare? Fear not! At Carsmith Midlands, we’re here to provide you with the solution you need. Our expert team can replace any type of key for cars and vans of all makes and models.

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Lost car keys – How to replace yours quickly

If you’re facing the frustration of lost car keys, fear not. We’ve got you covered. Here, we’ll answer key questions to facilitate a swift replacement:

What to prepare

Before contacting Carsmith Midlands, gather essential information, including the make and model of your vehicle, its registration number, vehicle identification number (found on your V5C document), and personal identification to confirm ownership. Don’t forget to provide your postcode so our locksmith can travel to your vehicle’s location.

Type of car keys lost

Car keys generally fall into two categories: remote keys and non-remotes (transponder keys).

Remote car key types

  • Remote fob with key
  • Remote entry fob with integrated key
  • Remote Keyless System Fob

Transponder keys (Non-remotes)

  • Standard transponder key

What is the cost of replacing car keys?

I’ve lost my only car key – what do I do?

Losing your only set of keys isn’t a problem. Carsmith Midlands can provide a replacement and reprogram it to match your vehicle while deprogramming the old key to render it useless. We do this in case your lost key has unfortunately ended up in the hands of a thief.

How long will it take?

The time required to provide a spare replacement key depends on factors such as the type of key and your vehicle’s model. At Carsmith Midlands, we typically offer same-day service.

Can you make a car or van key without the original?

Carsmith Midlands can create a new key for your vehicle even if you don’t have the original. Simply provide your vehicle identification number (VIN) and proof of identification.

Will I have to change my locks?

Are lost car or van keys covered by insurance?

While some insurers offer key cover for lost and stolen keys, it’s typically offered as an additional add-on or upgrade to your policy. Check your policy documents for details.

Do I need to take my vehicle to the locksmith?

We offer a mobile key replacement service, meaning we will travel to your location and complete the work on-site, equipped with all necessary tools and programming software.

Get back on the road fast! Contact us for expert assistance with lost car keys.