What to Do About Lost Keys
We depend so much on keys in our daily life from house keys to car keys, business keys to locker keys. It’s almost inevitable that at some point we will loose one or more keys so it’s important to know exactly what to do when this arises. Here are some tips to help you when you lose your keys.
Prevention is the First Step In order to avoid being stuck without keys here are some things you can do:
- Keep a spare copy of all your keys at home or in your office
- Give a spare car key to your spouse or family member
- Give a spare house key to a neighbor
- Have a combination lock on your house so that you don’t need a key
When you Lose your Car Keys
Chances are that you are going to realize you’ve lost your keys pretty quickly, so it’s worthwhile re-tracing your steps just in case you dropped them near by. It’s also worth calling your local police station just in case someone found them and has turned them in. If you can’t find them you will need to locate your spares and bring them to your car. If you don’t have any spares you will need to get your car to a dealership and ask them to make a new set of keys for you. Ask them for an estimate of the cost and how long it will take. If you have locked your keys in your car you will need an auto locksmith to pick the lock of your auto and let you in. Here are some tips to help you choose an auto locksmith.
Contemporary car locking systems are very sophisticated. They are designed to keep out anyone who does not have an actual key to the car. If you have locked yourself out of your car, don’t panic. Call 411 and get directory assistance to help you locate one in your area. Even though you may be in a hurry, you still don’t have to jump at the first one you manage to get hold of. Take a little time to ask them questions and vet their qualifications and experience. Before you agree to hire the locksmith, be sure to ask him for an estimate that will cover all the replacement parts, work and time it will take him to finish the job properly. Inquire about any possible additional fees such as late night fees or quick response fees. Also ask if there is a minimum fee or a mileage fee. Don’t forget to find out if the automotive locksmith is insured. If he causes damage to your car while he is doing his job, his insurance will pay for this.
When you Lose your House Keys
If you have locked yourself out and do not have any spares with you, you will need to call a locksmith who provides emergency services. They will be able to get you into your house by picking the lock so you can access your keys. If you have lost your keys they can replace your locks or rekey your current locks. The locksmith should be knowledgeable about all types of locks and key products and be prepared to resolve any situation that may arise as quickly as possible with the minimum of fuss. He should also have good customer service skills and not try to charge you extortionate amounts of money for services provided and hidden extras. Before you agree to hire him, be sure to ask for an estimate that will cover all the replacement parts, work and time it will take him to finish the job properly. Also inquire about any possible additional fees such as late night fees or quick response fees. Also ask if there is a minimum fee or a mileage fee.