Lost Car Keys? Here’s What to Do

Losing your car keys is not only frustrating but can also be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if you’re far from home or in an unfamiliar area. However, with the right steps, you can mitigate the stress and resolve the situation swiftly. At Parker Auto Locksmiths, we understand the inconvenience and security risks involved, so we’ve compiled this comprehensive guide to help you navigate the ordeal of lost car keys.

Step 1: Don’t Panic and Search Thoroughly

First and foremost, take a deep breath and try not to panic. Retrace your steps and check all possible locations where the keys might have been misplaced:

  • Check Your Pockets: Start with the obvious—check your jacket, jeans, or bag pockets.
  • Look in Common Areas: Search places like countertops, furniture surfaces, bathrooms, and kitchen tables.
  • Check Your Car: Sometimes, keys can be left in the car’s ignition, door, or boot.

If after a thorough search your keys are still missing, move on to the next steps promptly.

Step 2: Secure Your Vehicle

If you suspect that your keys are not just lost but potentially stolen, it’s critical to secure your vehicle immediately to prevent theft:

  • Contact Parker Auto Locksmiths: We can quickly come to your location and reprogram your locks and ignition system.
  • Use a Steering Wheel Lock: If available, apply a steering wheel lock to deter thieves temporarily.

Step 3: Check for Spare Keys

If you have a spare set of keys, now is the time to use them. This can save you both time and money:

  • Use Your Spare Key: If you or someone nearby (like a family member at home) has access to your spare key, arrange to collect or have it delivered.
  • Consider Remote Unlocking: If your vehicle is equipped with a modern security system, you might be able to unlock it through a mobile app or service centre.

Step 4: Contact a Professional Auto Locksmith

If a spare key isn’t an option, your next step is to call a professional auto locksmith:

  • Call Parker Auto Locksmiths: We are equipped with the necessary tools and technology to create a new key on-site.
  • Verify Locksmith Credentials: Ensure that you are dealing with a certified locksmith to avoid scams and further issues.

Step 5: Getting a Replacement Key

The type of key you need will depend on the sophistication of your car’s entry system:

  • Traditional Keys: If your car uses a traditional key, locksmiths can easily cut a new key using your vehicle’s lock code from the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). This process can be done quickly and you’ll be on your way in no time.
  • Transponder Keys: For cars with a transponder system, the new key will need to be programmed to match your car’s built-in anti-theft system. Parker Auto Locksmiths has the technology to reprogram these systems efficiently.
  • Key Fobs and Smart Keys: If your car uses a key fob or smart key, the replacement involves more sophisticated programming that can also be handled by our technicians.

Step 6: Consider Key Insurance

Once you’ve resolved your immediate key issue, consider investing in key insurance to cover the costs of replacement in case this happens again:

  • Key Insurance: Many car insurance policies offer key cover as an additional feature. This can be a worthwhile investment to cover the costs of replacing keys and locks, particularly for modern cars with expensive security features.

Step 7: Take Preventative Measures

To prevent future incidents, take some proactive steps to manage your car keys better:

  • Key Finder: Invest in a Bluetooth key finder that can alert you if your keys are left behind and help you locate them via an app.
  • Good Habits: Always keep keys in a designated spot. Whether it’s a hook by the door or a specific compartment in your bag, consistent habits can help avoid future losses.


Losing car keys can disrupt your day and pose security risks, but by following these steps, you can tackle the situation with confidence. At Parker Auto Locksmiths, we’re here to help 24/7 with any car key emergencies, offering quick, reliable service to get you back on the road safely and with minimal hassle. Remember, preparation and quick action can turn a potentially stressful situation into a minor inconvenience.

For more information, or to get help with a lost car key, contact Parker Auto Locksmiths today. We ensure peace of mind with every service, providing you with the best solutions in automotive key technology.