Think that a $50 - $100 fee to have a spare key
made for your vehicle
is too expensive? Think again!
If you've ever been in a hurry, and cannot find your keys, you know how stressful it is. You look all over the place! They're not in your pocket, or in your purse, nor are they on the end table! What's worse, your spouse who has the other set is an hour away on business, and won't be home for a while now. Or perhaps you've dropped your set of keys in the snow, or locked them in the car. What do you do?
The best way to handle these frustrating scenarios is to have a spare set of keys available to you at all times. But what kind of key do you need and how much will it cost you? Well, it depends on who usually carries the keys
and how much it costs to replace them.
If you are the only driver of your car
, odds are that you probably have two sets of keys. One of them is your primary set, one of them your spare set. If you're like me, you always have one set in your pocket. I go the extra step and keep the other set of keys on my carabiner
(those colorful metal clasps used for mountain climbing) attached to my belt-loop. That way, I've always got another set of keys to unlock or drive my car should I not have the set in my pocket. But sometimes I need to give my spare set to someone else who will drive the car. In that case, I also have another key I had made that is also on my carabiner.
But what about those keys with the special microchips inside them that you need to start your car? More and more of these are coming standard on todays vehicles
to ensure that no-one could make a copy of your key and steal your car. In this case, those keys can be purchased through a dealership
, although some key shops can now produce those keys, provided you have a key code
, that would still need to be acquired by the dealership. The cost of one of these keys can range from $20 to even $100. It may seem like a steep price, but it's well worth it when you're in a bind and can't find your primary set of keys.
If the charge to replace a chip coded key is too much to stomach, you should still have a duplicate made without a chip. Most key shops can do this. For example, I don't really have the need of a third microchip key, but I do have a regular spare key, in case I don't have either of the two sets on me and need to get into the car. This becomes important, as many dealerships require a copy of your proof of insurance or title in order to have a key made, or get the microchip or keycut code. If you happen to lose both of your microchip keys, at least you can still get into the car to retrieve your registration or proof of insurance.
The most important thing is to devise a plan that works for you and implement it. If there are two drivers of the car, you really should have a third key at home on the key rack that can start the car. At the very least, both drivers should have a key that can at least open the door, and that key should be kept somewhere easily accessible when away from home, preferably in a purse, on a carabiner you wear, or in a stowaway key-box if you're able to secure one to your vehicle's undercarriage or in your engine compartment (assuming you can get into your engine compartment from outside).
It might seem expensive to have keys made for newer vehicles, but remember, that $50 you paid a tow service or locksmith to come and get you into your car could have been put towards some spare keys ;)
As always, if you have any questions on how to acquire spare keys or what kind of keys you need for your vehicle, simply call us at 517-374-6100.