What to Do When You Lose Your Car Keys

One of the most frustrating things that can happen to any driver is losing their car keys. Not only does this render the vehicle unusable, but the process of getting a copy can be long and complicated, especially if you have no idea how to handle the situation.

Luckily, there are professionals at the ready who handle this sort of thing: locksmiths. If you’ve locked yourself out, don’t panic! Pat your pockets and check your bags. If you still haven’t been able to find your keys, read on. This handy guide will help you handle getting a replacement key for your vehicle.

The different types of car keys

Different car models often have different car keys, and as such require different solutions. It can depend on the manufacturer or the year that the car came out. In any case, here is a list of specific solutions to the different types of keys:

Traditional car keys. A locksmith should be able to make you a new key right on the spot, but older or unusual vehicles might require contacting the dealer for a new key and ignition lock cylinder.
Car key fob. Your key is still a viable option in this case, but you may have to buy a new fob. There are plenty of products that are easily programmable.
Transponder key. People who don’t carry a spare will have to call the dealership and have their vehicle towed. Make sure to have your proof of ownership on your person when you arrange this.
Car key fob and switchblade key. Your local dealership can provide you with a new key and fob. You may be able to order this online as well if you are in no rush.
Smart key. If you do not possess a backup key, you will have to ask your car to be towed to the dealership. You will be provided with a new key which will then be paired with your vehicle.

What if I have to move my car?

If your car happens to be blocking a driveway or obstructing other vehicles in a similar way, you might have to move it before the locksmith or tow truck arrives. Luckily, there is a general procedure that is applicable to most vehicles that can keep your moving parts safe while you push it. Follow this process to prevent damaging your internal mechanisms while moving your vehicle:

1. Put up wheel blocks

This can prevent your car from rolling and causing injury or maybe even fatalities. Even with the handbrake on, it is still possible for a vehicle to continue rolling along. As such, it is important to have wheel blocks ready. If you do not have any, a pair of large rocks will work as a temporary solution.

2. Find the transmission

With the help and supervision of a friend, it shouldn’t be too hard to find the transmission under your vehicle. You may need a flashlight to find the transmission, which is usually near the engine. We reiterate, let a friend help with this process as it can be dangerous.

3. Find the cable

Disable the transmission by finding the cable that runs alongside it. The right cable will be connected to a switch. Disconnect this cable and push the switch backwards until the second click. This level should be pushed towards the back, and not the front. Once you have done this, you should be able to move your vehicle safely.

4. Push and move the car

After you’re safely out from under the vehicle, remove the wheel blocks and push the vehicle to a safe location.

In conclusion

Losing your keys is always an inconvenience, but luckily there are procedures in place for its replacement. Sometimes, the problem can be solved by a locksmith, but other times you will need the professional help of your local dealership. Whatever the case may be, make sure to take the right steps to ensure your safety and the safety of others through these procedures.