Absentmindedness is something that most of us are victimized by. There is a clear demarcation between irresponsibility and being unmindful. However, in most cases the latter is branded as the culprit even while the former is the cause. Everyone who is unmindful has lost their keys at one point or another. The serial key misplace-rs are cautious enough to keep many sets of spares handy. But, what about the rookie who can’t seem to place where she left her car keys? Did she leave it at the table where she sat for lunch? Or did she drop it when she dug into her hand bag looking for her ringing phone?
The initial paranoia sets in when you realize that you’ve lost the car keys. The next logical train of thought is arranging for a replacement. Back in the day getting a spare set of car key was as simple as dropping off soiled clothes at the laundry. Now, the story is slightly complicated as the functionality of the car keys now extends to unlocking all the doors and deactivating the anti-theft alarm apart from starting the car.
The question now is: How easily can car keys be replaced?
Replacing car keys are not difficult but isn’t easy either. When you lose your keys, you will need to go to an authorized dealer to get a fresh set of keys or seek out an auto locksmith.
When you lose keys, you lose money
You will not know how much a car unlock or car key is worth till the time you lose one. The price can be as high as a couple of hundred dollars. On an average the cost of replacement ranges from $200-$700. Apart from this unreasonable high price, there is the waiting time for key ordering and coding. There have also been cases reported when the cost ran in thousands for the internal ECU had to be reset.
Instead of approaching a car dealer for the replacement keys, you could find an independent auto lock smith who offers the same services as the former. You also save on time as the independent dealers work at a quicker pace than the dealership. These trained professionals also charge lesser than the dealerships. The replacement keys offered by them are genuine and authentic.
To avoid the tensed predicament of losing your only set of car keys, ensure that before you sign for the car delivery ask for a spare set of keys. Keep this key accessible should an emergency arise. If the keys you’ve lost are of the keyless entry type, there is no other choice but to visit the dealership a get a costly replacement.