How do I get a replacement car key?

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A question we often get asked by our customers is ‘how do I get a replacement car key?’.

Often, you won’t realise you need one until you do.

Picture the scene… you’re running late for an appointment, meeting or some other important engagement and you’ve got to leave, now.

In that scenario, what would you do if you lost your car keys? Frantically tip the house from top to bottom until you find them?

Go into a blind panic and rely on friends or family to bail you out and give you a lift at short notice?

Wouldn’t it be easier if you had a spare car key safely stowed away somewhere, in case of an emergency?

There are many ways that you can get a replacement car key so you’re never stuck without your vehicle. Unfortunately, most drivers leave sorting one out until it’s too late.

So, if you need a replacement car key, here are some of the ways you can get one.


Your car key is usually the first line of defence against thieves, so if it fell into the wrong hands, replacing it could be costly.

If you lost your one and only key, you’d have to go to the expense and hassle of getting your locks and ignition changed or reprogrammed.

In this instance, your insurance company may be your first port of call but be warned.

This is a costly endeavour.

You might not have key cover included in your policy, which may mean you have to pay a hefty excess to get things sorted, or face losing your no claims bonus.

And in some cases, if your car’s value is low enough, a lost key could see it written off.

So, if you are thinking of going through your insurance to get a replacement car key, always check your paperwork first to make sure there are no hidden charges or small print.

Breakdown service

If you lose your key while you are out and about, or accidentally lock your key inside your vehicle, your breakdown service should be able to get you back into it at no extra cost.

And if they can’t open the car, they should be able to get a local locksmith or garage to come and take a look.

Again, in an emergency, this can be a costly process, especially if your key is lost and you need to get a replacement car key there and then.

Depending on your policy, you may be covered for the cost of recovering your key or getting a replacement sorted.

Again, you should check your paperwork as this may not be your cheapest, or only, option.

Car manufacturer

Buying a replacement car key direct from the manufacturer of your vehicle is a good way of guaranteeing that you will get a genuine key, fitted by someone who’s an expert with your type of vehicle.

But this service can often be both expensive and time-consuming. If you are going direct to the manufacturer, they will charge a premium for using original parts and materials. There may also be a waiting period if they can’t book you in there and then, or don’t have the equipment on-site to do the job so have to send it away to the factory.

So, if you are going direct, expect a long wait and a big bill – not great if you’re in a rush.

Local garage

If you are looking to get a replacement car key from a local garage or dealership, this may be quicker and cheaper than going direct to the manufacturer, but you may still have to wait.

Many local garages and dealerships don’t have the specialist equipment or expertise to create or programme replacement car keys for every type of vehicle, so may have to bring in expert outside support, or order your replacement car key from a third-party provider.

Again, this is no good if you need yours in a hurry.

Specialist locksmith

Getting a replacement car key from a specialist locksmith like Grays can often be your best bet.

Locksmiths such as ourselves tend to offer a 24-hour call out service and can be with you quickly in an emergency, to get you back on the road as soon as we can – within the hour in most cases.

And we have invested heavily in the very latest state-of-the-art key cutting and programming technology, which means we can create replacement keys for more than 5,000 of the world’s most popular vehicles, using either genuine factory parts or high-quality after-market copies. 

Best of all, because you are dealing with us direct, we cut out the middleman so can offer the fastest, most responsive service at the best price to get you back up-and-running again quickly.

Get a replacement car key from Grays Locksmiths  

With more than 30 years’ experience and Master Locksmith status, Grays Locksmiths provides a wide range of services to help you keep your car safe, secure and on the road.

We are also able to disable lost keys and remotes to stop them working if you are concerned they have fallen into the wrong hands. This means your lost remotes won’t open your vehicle’s central locking, and the key won’t start the engine.

Our service covers:

  • Replacement car and van keys
  • Transponder keys
  • Remote fobs
  • Flip keys

So, if you need a replacement car key in an emergency, or want the added peace of mind of knowing that should you lose your car keys, you’ll always have a spare to fall back on, give us a call on 0115 942 2315 or get in touch via email.