When losing your car key it can be a very frustrating experience, but, there are still ways to get a replacement key made. Your local locksmith or car dealer can provide this service and with a professional locksmith you may be able to get it done on-site without having to tow your vehicle.
Myth: Locksmiths Are More Expensive Than Your Dealer
Contrary to popular belief, locksmiths typically charge less than your local dealer when making the key on-site. In some cases, they may even be up to 75% cheaper than going through your dealer for an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) key. Even if you don’t get an OEM key from the locksmith, aftermarket keys are just as good and far less expensive than the original manufacturer’s.
Myth: You Must Tow Your Car To The Dealer To Program A Smart Key Fob
Many people think they must take their car to their local dealership in order to program a smart key fob – but that isn’t always true. In fact, most customers will end up going with a locksmith in order to save money. Locksmiths are experienced in programming transponder keys, Fob keys, intelligent keys, Toyota Smart Keys and other types of keyless entry systems for modern cars.
When calling a local locksmith service, the best thing is to remain calm and explain your situation clearly, provide your vehicle’s make/model/year information, so they can give you an accurate estimate for both cost and time frame needed to replace your lost car key. With the right locksmith, you’ll be back on the road in no time.