Unlocking the Mysteries of Locks, Keys, and Safes

After You Call A Locksmith: Four Things To Do In The Aftermath

Fortunately, when you misplace the keys to your vehicle, it is not the end of the world. You can contact a locksmith professional to gain access to your vehicle and be on your way, generally, rather easily. However, aside from contacting a locksmith, there are some additional steps you may need to take should you find yourself locked outside your vehicle. 

Just Be Patient

Rest assured, once you have made a call to a professional locksmith for assistance, they are making their way to you as quickly as possible. However, it is natural to have a sense of urgency and want to take matters into your own hands. In this scenario, the best thing to do is to be patient. More than likely, your efforts to help the situation will instead make matters worse, and as a result, cost more for the locksmith services and make the process take longer.

Order a Replacement

If the key that is locked in your vehicle is your only car key, make sure you order a replacement right away. Whether you have an older traditional key, or you have a newer car with a key fob, you can order a replacement that you can typically program for your vehicle on your own. In the event you lose your key again, you will have a spare you can access. Some locksmiths can assist you with the ordering process. 

File a Police Report

Should you face a scenario where you believe your key has been stolen, it is a good idea to file a police report. In the event someone has your key and they take off with your vehicle, your insurance company may deny a claim for any damage since the person had a key, and according to the law, access to the vehicle. When you file a police report you establish a formal record that the key has been stolen so that should someone take the vehicle, your interest will be covered. 

Ask Someone to Hold a Key

If you have a spare key at home, as soon as the locksmith allows you to access your vehicle, you should ask a friend or family member to hold on to a spare key for you. In the event you get locked out of your car in the future, you can simply call your friend or family member to bring the key so that you can access your car. 

Remember, it is always best to contact a professional. Instead of damaging your vehicle or choosing the wrong key replacement, let a professional assist with the process. If you've lost auto keys, contact a locksmith for help.