What to do if you lose your car key (all you need to know)

Spare car keys can be a lifesaver in an emergency. We’re only human so occasionally we may lose or misplace our keys. Losing your car key can be a highly stressful experience, however, there are simple steps you can take to help reduce the impact this will have on your day. This article will take you through everything you will need to know if you lose your car key.

What is the difference between a simple spare key and a fully programmed key?

Simple spare car keys will allow you to manually unlock the car and start your engine while fully programmed car keys will let you unlock the car remotely and use any other features that your car allows.

How much do car keys cost to cut?

For spare car keys that don’t need programming, prices start from £20. For fully programmed car keys, prices start from £60.

Read our guide ‘how much does it cost to change locks’ for more information and pricing.

How long to car keys take to cut?

This depends entirely on the type of car and type of key you need. For specific estimates about your car key, call our store on 0115 9780141

Read our simple guide to key cutting services for more key cutting prices at Halls Locksmiths.

Can a new key be cut without the original?

A Locksmith can cut and program a replacement key for your vehicle without the original. To cut you a new key for your car your Locksmith will require some information from you:

What information will your Locksmith need? (if you don’t have a spare key)

If you have lost your car key and need to get a replacement key cut, there is some information you will need to give to your locksmith so they can create this for you. This information includes:

  • Make and model of your car
  • Registration number of your car
  • Car identification number
  • Personal identification, such as a form of ID

Will I need to change the locks on my car if my key is lost or stolen?

If you have a modern car there should be no need for you to change your car locks. Your Locksmith should be able to configure the existing locks in order to program out any lost keys. By Programming out your lost key it will no longer be able to open your car. This is a highly specialist service completed by expert Locksmiths- such as Halls Locksmiths.

Can all Locksmiths cut replacement car keys?

Yes. All expert Locksmiths will be able to cut you a replacement car key, however, we recommend contacting your Locksmiths in advance to ensure they offer this service. We also recommend using reputable Locksmiths for all key-cutting services to ensure you are in the best hands during this potentially stressful time. The Master Locksmiths Association can help you find approved locksmiths in your local area.

Find more top tips for finding an emergency locksmith who will do a good job so that you can be sure you are in the best hands when having lost your keys.

How can you reduce the risk of getting locked out of your car?

Although losing your car key is unpredictable there are some measures you can put in please to reduce the chance of this happening or to lessen the effects if it does. Do you currently have a spare key? If not consider discussing this with your locksmith when they arrive. Although this may not fully prevent you from being locked out of your car in the future, it may reduce the risk, or prevent you from needing to call a Locksmiths right away.

Having the details of a trusted Locksmiths is also a good idea in case you are in this, or a similar situation again. By having these details saved you can reduce the stress of the situation next time it occurs as you will already have the start of a solution prepared.

At Halls Locksmiths we provide a 24 hour service, meaning our Locksmiths are there for you in an emergency and round the clock to resolve all of your security issues quickly. We provide a reliable and trusted locksmith service throughout Nottingham. If you are within this region we recommend you save our contact number into your phone in case of an emergency: 0115 9780141

At Halls Locksmiths, we’ve been providing trusted security services and products since 1885. We are here to ensure that you feel safe and have peace of mind that your possessions are secure.

Halls Locksmiths is based in the centre of Nottingham which makes us an ideal emergency locksmith for those in the city and surrounding areas. We often arrive within 30 minutes so you can get back on with the rest of your day as soon as possible.

We’re there for you when you need us most, whether that’s at your home, business or in our store to give you expert advice and professional locksmith services.

Save our number so you can get help as soon as you need it in an emergency. Call us 24/7 on 0115 9780141.