Mile High Locksmith is a locksmith company located in Denver, CO. We are an expert automotive company and we would like to share some useful information with you about what to do when you have lost your car keys and have no spare, or if you have lost your car keys and are worried about someone finding them and getting into and/or stealing your car.
First, you need to understand that there are many ways to change the keys to your vehicle or to have a new key made in a case where you have lost the keys to your vehicle. To begin with, we will break down your options if you are worried that someone will find your car key and will get into and/or steal your vehicle.
Here is what you can do:
- You can rekey your car door locks.
- You can rekey your car ignition.
- You can erase your car key electronic chip and reprogram your car key to a different code.
So which one is the best option? We recommend you chose option three. The reason is because it’s the most cost effective and the safest way to go. Let us explain why.
It doesn’t matter if you rekey your vehicle’s door locks. The vehicle manufactures intentionally make it not so difficult to unlock your vehicle’s doors whether you have the key or not. For safety reasons, the vehicle companies make it easy to unlock the doors. All you really need are the most simple tools. To unlock your vehicle’s doors, you just need to make a gap between the door and frame, take a long stick and press the unlock button. So, even if you change the locks on the doors, it will not really stop anyone from getting into your vehicle if they really want to. To rekey your ignition would also not be the best option for two reasons. The first reason is the cost. Ignitions on most vehicles are very expensive. They are also very difficult to work on. The question is why to open and change such a difficult part in the vehicle when it is not necessary at all? The second reason is if you are rekeying your ignition and not the doors, you will end up having two keys for your vehicle. One to lock and unlock the doors and another to start the vehicle.
This is why we recommend you reprogram your car key when you want to rekey your vehicle. Since 1997, most vehicle manufactures install anti theft systems into the vehicle’s ignition. This system, in simple words, has an antenna in the shape of a ring around the ignition locks and in addition, the car key has an electronic chip inside the key head. These two parts have to be able to communicate with each other in order to start the vehicle. With these two parts, you can register keys and erase keys with special equipment. The companies that normally carry this equipment are automotive locksmith companies and car dealerships.
For service, we recommend you call a few locksmith companies and car dealerships and shop around for prices.
What to do if you lost your car key and have no spare and just want a new key made
If you are not the owner of the vehicle, you should get a letter or an email from the owner of the vehicle that authorizes you as the agent for the owner. Also, ask the owner of the vehicle to take a picture of their ID and send it to you and make sure they are available in case the technician making the new key needs to speak with them over the phone for further verification. Places that can make you a new car key will be an automotive locksmith or dealership. To save money, we recommend you shop around between locksmith companies and different dealerships. Keep in mind that most locksmith companies will come to your vehicle’s location and will be able to make you a working key right on spot. The dealership will ask you to come to them, and in most cases, tow the vehicle in.
If you have full coverage insurance, we highly recommend you call your insurance company and ask them what your options are. Losing your car key is not the same claim as an accident with an insurance company. Losing your car key is considered a part of the roadside services and will not increase your insurance rate. You will also not be liable for any deductible.
The last tip we want to provide you with is to check the rate for a second key to be made. In many cases, when you are making a key to your vehicle, it will cost half or even less than that to have a second key made at the same time.