It happens to virtually everyone at some point: you lose your keys. Losing your vehicle keys can be both frightening and unnerving. The fact is, your keys not only start your vehicle, but they also lock and unlock doors. To make matters worse, if you’ve lost your keys, they may even be in the hands of a vehicle thief, meaning your vehicle could be a sitting duck. Additionally, if you plan to sell your vehicle, you’re almost certain to need the keys in order to get a fair price.
If you’ve found yourself in this situation, the first thing to do is remain calm. All too often, the first reaction most people have is to panic. When people panic, they tend not to think straight, and this can make finding lost keys even more difficult. Try to stop whatever you’re doing and focus before trying to find your lost keys.
Next, you should make a mental note of the last time you had your keys, and then make a list of all of the places you have visited since then. Once this is done, you can then retrace your steps to find your keys. This process may include calling places which you visited recently, looking in places where your keys may have dropped and speaking with any friends, loved ones or coworkers who were with you during the time in which you lost your keys.
If you still can’t find your keys, try looking under and behind things. Many times, objects such as keys get tossed around, meaning they could have fallen between car seats, couch cushions or between objects such as a refrigerator and a counter top. While searching, remember to remain calm and take your time. Searching too fast can result in you looking directly at your keys, but tossing them aside in the frenzy.
When you’ve exhausted all of your resources, it may be time to contact a dealership or a locksmith. These entities will generally be able to cut a new key for your vehicle, but keep in mind that this route may be costly. Additionally, you will need to have your title or registration, as well as identification, in order to have a new key made.