Top 5 ways to get a replacement car key
Behind the question, what does an auto locksmith do? The second most asked question we receive at Access Denied is what is the cheapest and fastest way to get a replacement car key?
There are actually several answers to this question, so we have written this article to cover the top 5 ways to replace your car keys.
When you decided to ask the question about replacement car keys, it may have been because you had misplaced them, locked them in your car or they just stopped working.
If you are simply looking for a guide on how to replace your lost car keys, then you can click here. This page covers all of the information required to get a replacement key.
How to get Replacement Car Keys
Here are the top 5 ways to get a replacement car key quickly and without putting a dent in your wallet.
1. Auto Locksmith
At the risk of sounding biased, this is the least expensive option in our list. An auto locksmith has the specialist equipment required to replace all types of keys for most vehicle models.
Auto locksmiths have specialist knowledge and at Access Denied we do not charge a call out fee. A generic car garage will charge a diagnostic fee before any other work is carried out.
Most auto locksmith companies will have mobile engineers. They are experts in key replacement and will come to you, where ever you may be! It is far more convenient than arranging for your car to be towed to s garage, much faster too!
Carrying diagnostic equipment and car key blanks, Access Denied fixed 95% of jobs first time on location.
Auto locksmiths can help with a number of car key issues including;
- Replacement of lost keys
- Programme Remote Car Key Fobs
- Opening locked vehicles
- Cut & Copy Vehicle Keys
- Change and repair damaged vehicle locks
- Repair damaged or broken keys
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2. Car Insurance Provider
Dependant on your provider and the level of cover, Car keys are often not covered by insurance. Keys are covered, but an excess charge will be applicable in most cases. A claim will increase the cost of your premium in future years.
Some insurers offer key cover a standalone product. It is always good practice, however, to check if issues such as stolen vehicle keys are covered.
In addition, the process by which an insurance claim is made is very time consuming. Often, it will not fix your issue very quickly. This is especially relevant if you are stuck at the roadside waiting to get home!
3. Vehicle Breakdown Service
Some companies such as the AA or RAC may able to help with replacement car key issues, but this can depend on the type of vehicle key you need replacing.
Although well equipped, breakdown mechanics are unlikely to have the specialised equipment required. If they do, you may well still be in for a long wait.
Many companies like the AA will use an outsourced auto locksmith to complete the work, so you may as well go direct and save some money!
4. Car Dealership
Easily the most expensive option, car dealerships make the bulk of their profits from aftermarket services, such as replacement car keys. This is most likely the most expensive option and can take the longest amount of time to complete.
Dependant on which dealership, they may need to order in the parts and you will be placed in a queue until a mechanic is next available.
5. Local Garage
Similar to the dealership, time and cost are both issues here. Most garages will charge to use the diagnostic equipment, landing you with a hefty bill before any work has been carried out.
It is unlikely that a local garage will have specialist key coding equipment on-site that an auto locksmith carries and so may well bring in an external auto locksmith anyway, charging the cost on to you.
Finding a garage who can replace and program new car keys can often be a difficult task. It is a very specialised job and so a garage may not be the best choice if you are in a rush.
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