While many people have an extra house key hidden someplace in case they accidentally lock their keys inside their house, the same isn’t always true of car keys. Most people don’t keep a spare key hidden on their vehicle’s exterior. In fact, many people don’t have a spare key at all. Or, if you do have a spare car key, you may not remember where they’ve stored it. So, if you lose your car key, what should you do? You may be tempted to call the dealership that sold you your car. Sure, they can replace your car key. However, a car locksmith can also replace your car key and there are several compelling reasons to call a locksmith rather than a car dealership.
First, a locksmith responds quickly, because a locksmith specializes in key replacements. Generally, a locksmith is expertise in making keys and locks. A car dealership, on the other hand, specializes in selling and servicing cars.
Dealerships don’t deal with lost car keys on a routine basis. Therefore, they don’t have key replacement down to a quick and efficient process like a locksmith does. In fact, if you call your dealership needing a key replacement, a representative might simply contact a locksmith on your behalf, which will take more time than if you contacted a locksmith yourself. Most locksmith services offer a 24/7 emergency service and can get you back on the road much more quickly than a dealership.
Secondly, losing your car keys is just one of the car key debacles you may find yourself facing. Other things can and often do go wrong for drivers. A car key can become stuck in the car’s ignition (a locksmith can dislodge it). A car ignition can be damaged during an attempted car theft. A car ignition can become worn. If you think of your car as a patient, you can think of a dealership as a general practitioner and a locksmith as a specialist. Whether you lose or break a key or get one stuck in the ignition, a locksmith is a key specialist.
Third, a locksmith usually will charge you significantly less expensive than a dealership. The cost of a replacement key will depend on the make and model of your vehicle. However, you can be certain that a dealership will charge you more than a locksmith. Dealerships usually mark up the price of the car parts, and keys are included in that. If you’re skeptical, call the dealership first and ask approximately how much it will charge you to cut and program a new key for your car. Then, call a locksmith and inquire about the cost of the same key.
Hopefully your purse or briefcase with your keys inside will never be stolen. But if the unfortunate happens, and you find yourself needing a replacement car key for any reason, resist the inclination to call the dealership – even though you may have it on speed dial. Instead, call a locksmith and receive a quick, convenient, expert key repair service at a lower cost than the dealership would charge. It’s just that simple.