Theres the inconvenience of not being able to use your car and you will have to deal with an unplanned errand to get a new key made when you lose your keys. It will be very expensive to get a key at the dealership to get a new key made using your cars ignition, but you don’t have to do it that way. If you know where to look to find the numeric key code (VIN) for your car, in most cases, you can save yourself the cost of having a locksmith come to you.
Below are the steps you need to take when getting a new key for your vehicle:
?Check the owners manual for the key code built before 1981, or look on the original sales invoice from the dealer.
?Remove the interior door panel and look for the key code stamped on the lock mechanism.
?Look for the vehicle identification number (VIN), which usually is stamped on a metal plate on the drivers side of the dashboard.
?Give your VIN to the locksmith and ask him to make a duplicate for you.
?You may also take the VIN to a car dealer and ask the dealer to make a new key.
?Remove the car door lock and bring it to a locksmith, who will make a key to open the door lock, which will also work in the ignition. But you may also contact a mobile locksmith where they will be the ones to come to you.
If you bought a used vehicle and know the previous owner, ask them if they have the old key or remote that works.
Locksmiths will have to make a new key from the ignition if you cant find the key code for an older car.