OK, if your reading this you’re probably having a problem and we want to help you. If you’re driving a rental car and you’ve just realized that you have a lost rental car key and you’ve felt that ugly “Oh No!” sensation in your chest, relax as much as you can and take a deep breath.
There are a few ways for you to get the help that you need. After taking a deep breath the second thing that you want to do is contact your car rental company and let them know that you’ve lost your car keys. They may have an extra key or key fob on hand in their office that they can get to you. If they don’t, some rental companies actually have contract relationships with a 24 hour locksmith and they may be able to send that automotive locksmith to you. Hopefully it will be a local locksmith and they’ll be able to reach you quickly.
If your rental company does not have a contract car locksmith then things have become a little more complicated, but you should still be able to solve matters. Before you move on to taking steps without your car rental company check and see if they have a “Key Code” code on file for your rental car before “ringing off” with them.
Now would be the time to get in touch with your own private car insurance provider and check and see if they have a “road side”-type program that can help you. If they do they’ll want that “Key Code” info. If you have lost your rental car keys or the rental key fob and find that you cannot expect help from your rental car company or your own insurance company you’re going to have to become more proactive.
Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through this. Essentially there are two types of automotive locksmiths. The car dealership for the make of your rental car is generally a full service car locksmith BUT they typically aren’t a 24 hour locksmith and can’t come to you. So, they usually can’t help in your situation. Now you need to find that 24 hour automotive locksmith on your own.
When you speak to prospective locksmiths make sure that they understand that, since you’ve lost the car keys or key fob that you will require a key replacement. Of course you’ll want the lowest car key replacement cost possible, but keep in mind that a cheap locksmith isn’t always the best locksmith. Check out their reviews and see if they have BBB ratings or other pertinent comparatives.
Locked Keys in Car
If you’ve got a locked car door and the rental car keys are inside your situation is better than if you have lost the rental keys entirely. In these cases, if the car keys or key fob are locked in the car trunk your mobile locksmith will be able to get the car opened for you quickly with some basic car locksmith tools. This may, and probably will, set off the rental car alarm but once your locksmith has their hands on the car keys or the key fob they’ll be able to get the alarm shut down and you’ll be on your way. The car keys or the key fob locked in the “Cab” of your rental car is the least serious and easiest to address problem of the three problems that we are presenting here.
Locked Keys in Trunk
Security technology is going to be working against you if you have the car keys or key fob locked in the trunk. In this case you will certainly require car key replacement. Few if any recent car models have a lock channel installed in the trunk, rather, the trunk can only be opened with the button in the interior of the car and then, in many cases, only when the ignition switch is in the “On” position. Your locksmith is just going to have to make you a car key duplicate. Alright, so now you’re looking for a locksmith that can get you out of this mess and this is the time to be conscious of what it is you’re going to need. You do want to find cheap car key replacement but it’s so important that you find someone who is professional and responsive to get your car keys made. So, let’s return to a few salient points; you want a proven 24/7 mobile locksmith, you want to check their credentials and it’s best IF THEY make it easy for you to do so. Be sure that you have the KEY CODE details for them. And make sure that the locksmith service you contact understands your situation and pledges to you that they are qualified to come to your location and provide you key replacement for the make and model that you have rented.
A good tip here is to ask the dispatcher that you speak with or “Live Chat” with whether or not they are a salaried employee of the locksmith company. If they aren’t, think about contacting another company. A locksmith company using a contracted answering service for dispatch indicates, to us at least, a lack of dedication and certainly implies that their response time will be slower than a locksmith using their own people for dealing with customers in these situations.