Why do I need a replacement car key?

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One of the most common questions we get asked by our customers is ‘why do I need a replacement car key?’.

You might not think you need one, but have you ever considered what you would do if your car keys went missing?

While most people will never lose their car keys, those who do will do so at the most inopportune of times.

They might be running late for an appointment, meeting, train or flight.

They might be rushing to get the kids to school or be stuck in a car park with the ticket running down.

They might be alone, late at night, in a dark and unfamiliar place. Heaven forbid, they may even need their car in an emergency, but can’t use it because they have lost their keys.

Now, put yourself in their shoes.

Could you afford to be without your keys in the event of an emergency, or in any of the other scenarios listed above?

No? Thought not.

Why you should invest in a replacement car key

When it comes to their car keys, most people don’t have a plan for what to do should they lose them. So, ask yourself, what would you do?

Would you panic and ring around everyone you know, frantically trying to get a lift?

Would you go to the expense of calling out an emergency locksmith to sort it out?

Or would you prefer to have a replacement car key already sorted, which you could simply use to get you to where you need to be?

In that list, the third option is the best one, right? Prevention is better than cure!

Investing in a replacement car key now will save you time, money and hassle in the long run.

If you call out an emergency locksmith, you can expect to pay emergency rates.

However, it’s usually far cheaper to buy a replacement car key now, rather than leave it to chance and have to sort it out if the worst happens. That’s because it’s easier to copy an existing key than it is to gain entry to your car if its locked or remove and replace the locks.

And if your car key is stolen but you have a spare, it’s easier to take your car to a locksmith as quickly as possible to get your key reprogrammed and get the data from the old one erased so it is rendered useless.

How do I get a replacement car key?

Whatever your problem is, whether you are locked out of your car, your key has stopped working or you want a replacement, you have two options.

You can either call the dealer or manufacturer of your car and go through the time and expense of getting a replacement one sorted.

Or, you can call a master locksmith like Grays, who can come out to your home or location and get you a new key while you wait.

The first option is likely to be time consuming and expensive, as most dealers will charge a premium call-out fee, as well as putting a mark-up on the keys they sell to you and the time it takes to program them.  

Grays, on the other hand, can get you back up and running with a minimum amount of fuss. We can provide you with new or replacement car keys and program them to your vehicle’s ECU and immobiliser while you wait, at a much cheaper price than the main dealers.

We can also use genuine keys and transponders from the original manufacturer if that’s what you want or use high-quality aftermarket copies if you are on a tight budget.

Best of all, we can do all of this at a time and place that’s convenient to you.

Enquire about our replacement car key service

A replacement car key from Grays Locksmiths could save you hundreds of pounds, as well as the time and hassle of sorting it out in an emergency.

Our fast and responsive service covers replacement car and van keys, transponder keys, remote fobs and flip keys, all of which can be supplied using manufacturers’ remotes and blades, or after-market copies.

We use the latest in car and van key cutting and programming technology and can supply replacement keys to around 95% of vehicles on the road today, with accuracy and speed, as well as disabling lost keys and remotes to stop them working if they get lost or stolen.

We offer 24-hour call outs and can often be with you within an hour.

If you would like to enquire about our replacement car key service, give us a call on 0115 942 2315/01332 404 255 or fill out the contact form below.