What Should I Do If I Lose My Car Key?

Losing your car keys is a frustrating experience that can ruin your entire day. When you misplace your keys, most likely you’ll feel panicked and uncertain what your next step should be. Back in the day, it was simple to get a car key replaced, since they were traditionally made from a piece of metal, making them easy to cut and duplicate. And while traditional keys are still commonly used today, car key replacement for modern car keys is a difficult process because of our advanced automotive technology. Most modern car keys contain transponders that act as an extra layer of security, therefore cutting and reprogramming them is more complex. If you ever lose your car key, your best option is to call an auto locksmith who can cut and reprogram a new key for you. Here are the different car keys that we specialize in replacing at Real Time Locksmith.


Traditional Car Key

If you have an older car, you’re in luck since traditional car keys are the easiest to replace. A locksmith can easily cut you a new key using a key cutting machine or make you a duplicate. Call us if you need a spare key, and we can cut you a new car key on the spot!


Car Key Fob

Car key fobs give you the ability to operate your car from a few feet away. By pressing a button on the key fob, a code is sent to your car and then decoded to perform a specific task such as unlocking or locking your car doors and trunk. If you have a separate car key and car fob and lose only your car key fob, fortunately you’ll still be able to perform your car’s function without it. To replace a key fob, all you need to do is contact a professional car locksmith company like Real Time Locksmith, who are happy to make you a new car key fob. 


Transponder Key

A transponder key contains a chip which acts as an added security feature to increase the levels of proper user verification. The transponder key is programmed to the car’s ignition, so if you’ve either misplaced your key or it isn’t programmed correctly, your car won’t start. If you lose your transponder key, call an auto locksmith who has the proper equipment to cut a new transponder key for you. Not just any locksmith company has the best machines and technicians that up for the job, but Real Time Locksmith does! We also offer affordable prices for transponder key cutting and programming, so there’s no need to go to a car dealership or auto shop. 



VATS keys were first introduced in the mid ‘80s and are one of the first car keys created to provide extra security. Such car keys have heavily influenced the electronic keys that we have today. VATS keys have resistors embedded in them. When the key is inserted into the ignition and turned, an electrical current runs through the resistor, and if the resistor value matches the predetermined value stored in the car’s memory, the car will start. Key cutting and duplication for VATS keys is difficult, since locksmiths need to use a VATS interrogator to determine the resistance value of the key and then copy the results onto a blank key. Thankfully, Real Time Locksmith, a certified auto locksmith, has the technology to get it done!


Need a Car Key Replacement? Call an Auto Locksmith

Regardless of the type or make of vehicle you own, our experts at Real Time Locksmith can cut and program any key for you. Car key replacement and programming is a complicated process that should only be done by the most experienced professionals. You can trust our trained, educated, and dedicated locksmiths who are up for any job. Call us if you lose your car keys and it won’t take long for us to cut you a new one!

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