It happens to the best of us and it always happens at the worst of times: you are getting ready for an important event as fast as you can, doing everything possible to ensure you are not late, when you suddenly realize that you have no idea where you put your car keys. You frantically search the pockets of your jeans and jacket, along with all the usual places that you normally keep your keys when you are not using them, but they are nowhere to be seen. Time it ticking away and if you do not make a decision quickly, you are going to arrive late or miss your important event altogether. What do you do?
Calling an Automotive Locksmith and Other Options You May Wish to Consider
Where you happen to live may rule out certain options and make others more attractive but whether you are in the centre of Calgary or somewhere further out in the suburbs, all of the following choices could help to solve your problem, although some will undoubtedly be more convenient than others.
Call a Taxi and Deal with the Keys Later
If you are running really late for a private event or personal function that you simply cannot miss, the most practical course of action could be to call a local taxi company and have them send a car as soon as possible. Whilst this particular option will do nothing to solve the problem of your lost car keys in the long term, it will at least ensure that you do not have to worry about them until later, when you have more time.
Whether calling a taxi is a viable option for you will depend partly on how far away from your destination you live and how quickly your local taxi company are able to respond to your call. If the cost will be too high or the likelihood of them being able to get you to your destination on time is quite low, you may wish to consider one of the other options below. If you do decide to call a taxi, you need to make sure that your car is safe and secure before you leave, just in case you dropped your keys outside and they are found by a less than honest passer-by.
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Use Your Spare Key
f you have taken the precaution of hiding a spare key somewhere in your house or leaving one with a trusted neighbour, now is the time to retrieve it and put it to its intended uses. However, a word of warning before you are on your way: if you should happen to lose your spare key while you are out, you will really be in trouble. With this thought uppermost in your mind, you may well wish to call a automotive locksmith in Calgary and ask them to meet you at your destination in Calgary so that they can cut you a new spare key while you attend your function or event.
How easy it is to have another spare key cut and how long it is likely to take will depend on the make and model of vehicle that you drive. Keys for older cars that do not utilize transponders or any other type of new technology are much easier to replace than those that do. However, even if the key you wish to have a spare made from is a transponder key, you can find a local mobile locksmith who is able to provide you with a new spare key and program it to work with your car. Here at B&W Locksmith and Auto for example, we have the necessary skills and equipment to help people with transponder keys in their hour of need.
Get a New Key Cut Even if You Don’t Have an Original
Whilst this is more difficult than having one cut from a key that you have in your possession, an experienced automotive locksmith in Calgary such as ourselves can make new keys for cars and other vehicles even when we do not have an original to work from. This is not possible in all cases but if you call and let us know the make, model, year of manufacture and VIN for your car, we will be able to let you know what we can do. Whether you ask us or another reputable mobile locksmith in Calgary to make a new key for you, you will need to show them proof of ownership before they are able to do so, for legal reasons. Once they have seen proof of ownership and are in possession of all the information they need, a skilled vehicle locksmith will be able to solve your lost key problem in no time at all.
Contacting Your Local Dealership
In some cases, local dealerships for your brand of car may be able to help but they are not always the fastest or the most cost effective choice. One of the main problems with relying on your local dealership to help you out when you have a genuine emergency and need a new set of keys right away is that they may well be shut. Most dealerships keep fairly normal working hours and will not be open late at night or early in the morning to answer your cry for help.
The reason that many vehicle owners are hesitant to ask their local dealership for help when they lose their keys is the second issue we mentioned: cost. The price charged by official dealerships for replacement transponder keys, for example, can be very high when compared to the prices you are likely to be quoted by your friendly local automotive locksmith. As we mentioned earlier, if you call an experienced auto locksmith who has the necessary equipment, it should be easy for you to obtain a transponder key without visiting your local dealership, and at a far more reasonable cost in the vast majority of cases.
Fitting New Locks and Ignition Switch
This is a last resort and is only likely to appeal to owners of vehicles for which it is simply not possible to have a new key cut at an affordable price. Whether your car is so rare that nobody keeps suitable blanks in stock or so old that blanks are no longer commonly available, the only way to solve your lost key problem permanently may be to change all the locks and the ignition switch too. If you decide that this is the only sensible course of action to take, you will probably want to combine it with the first option – calling a taxi – because it will not be a 5-minute job. It is likely to take a skilled locksmith quite some time to replace all the locks and the ignition switch in a rare or vintage vehicle.
If you have lost your car keys and you desperately need help right now, please feel free to call us immediately and we will do whatever we can to solve your problem. As an experienced, qualified, fully insured and reputable automotive locksmith in Calgary, you can trust us to complete all work quickly, efficiently and to a high standard.