How to Replace Your Car Keys
Unless you’re driving a car that’s at least 20 years old, when you lose your car keys and want a copy of your spare, you can’t just pop into your local hardware store and get them to cut you a new key for a couple of dollars. Instead of panicking when you lose your keys – even if you lose your spare as well – and wasting valuable time, just follow the advice described below.
First of all, before you call anybody, write down your car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The person who will be making your replacement keys will need this information. You’ll also need to provide the key maker with your car’s make, model, and year along with your car’s registration in order to prove that it’s yours.
The next thing you need to do is forget about going to the hardware store and call your local automotive locksmith. For example, if you’re in Boca Raton, call a Boca Raton locksmith. Your Boca Raton locksmith will have more sophisticated key-making machinery than a Boca Raton hardware shop. Ask the locksmith if he or she can create a new car key for you, and give him or her information you wrote down in the step above.
A good locksmith will be able to create a new key or key fob and reprogram it for your car. In some cases, you may need to provide your car manual for instructions on how to program a new key. A replacement key might cost anywhere from $80 to $150 dollars, with some models costing even more. If you asked for the locksmith to come to you and your car, you’ll also need to pay a service call fee, which can be up to about $75 dollars. When you first call your Boca Raton locksmith, make sure you ask about the cost before the work gets done so that you aren’t taken by surprise.
If your locksmith cannot replace your key, you may need to take your car to a dealership; replacement keys obtained at a dealership will usually cost more and the waiting period can be several days. Therefore, before going to a dealership, call a few locksmiths in the area.