• lost car key

  • lost car key

    A lost car key can be one of the worst experiences in your life.  Depending on the circumstance it can cost you a lot of time money and headache.  You may miss work, a meeting, or not be able to get your kids to school.  You may end up stranded someplace far from home or family or friends to be able to ask for help.  It might be raining or extremely hot or cold outside and you are stuck out in the elements.

    That's why AZ's Best Locksmith is here today to talk to you about what your best options are when you find yourself in that situation.  Also what steps can be taken to help prevent the situation from ever arising.  First off depending on the make and model of your car getting help from the dealership may or maynot be an option.  Ford doesn't keep car key codes past 10 years the key code is the code that tells the locksmith what the cuts to your key are supposed to be to work the locks.  If you have a car that takes a chipped key your only option is to call a mobile locksmith to your location or have your car towed to the dealership.

    Most often calling a locksmith is the cheapest route you can take.  Dealerships charge $100 just to program and you will also have to pay for your tow.  Dealers also usually charge more for the chipped key.  If you know y0ur car does not need a chipped key and you have say a chrysler or gm you can go into the dealership with your title and id and they can make you a valet key for a few bucks.

    lost car key

    lost car key

    The machine pictured above is the HPC punch key cutting machine.  It is manually operated and has different cards that are used in accordance to the key make and model and allows for one machine to cut all of the different types of keys that exist.  So if you lost car key and call a locksmith this is one machine he may be using.  This machine does not cut laser keys only edge cut keys.  Makers like Saab, mercedes, bmw, Audi, and VW all use laser keys.  Surprisingly Honda started using these types of keys as well and now other makers are going to it like GM.