What to do if I have lost my car key and don't have a spare

If you’re asking yourself what to do if I lost my car key, you obviously don’t have a spare key. In that situation you’ll need a locksmith’s help.
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Worst case scenario

The worst case scenario for anyone would be the car in an open air car park when the weather’s against you and you just want to get home. In that circumstance, you’ll have to use your smartphone to find a locksmith. Why not check out locksmiths.co.uk where you’ll be able to get in touch with a MLA Approved Locksmith specialising in Auto Locksmithing in your area. There’s a handy post code search function and lots of information on the subject.


You’ll need a specialist car locksmith for the job if you’ve got a fairly modern car with a transponder car key that allows you to blip the car open from a distance. Most cars made after 1995 have this sort of key and come with remote central locking.

Emergency locksmith

Your locksmith will want to know the answers to the following questions, so it pays to be aware of them ahead of time.

  • Make and model vehicle you drive
  • Registration number
  • Vehicle identification number (which can be found on your V5 document)

You’ll also need some form of identification so the locksmith can be sure that he’s helping you gain access to your own car.

Final word

With your original keys down the drain, left on the coffee shop counter or forgotten down the back of the sofa, you’ll need to make sure they no longer give access to your vehicle. Thankfully, you won’t need to go to a main dealer to get this done. Your locksmith will be able to reprogram your vehicle so the old key fob no longer works the central locking. Of course, if your car’s not equipped with remote locking, your locksmith will change the door locks and supply a new key just as he would if you’d lost the keys to your front door.

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