Lost Car Keys? Use DoNotPay To Handle the Situation Easily
If you’ve found yourself locked outside your car because of lost car keys, you are not alone. Losing valuable items is a nightmare, but it happens more often than you’d think, especially with small objects like keys.
DoNotPay is here to explain steps you should take after you’ve turned your entire house upside down to find the keys and failed.
Once you’re over the first stage of losing keys and similar valuable items—panicking—it’s time to become practical and solve the issue. If the keys are not where you normally keep them, you should proceed as follows:
- Look thoroughly inside your house
- Ask your spouse or family members if they’ve seen them
- Check the pockets of all the other clothes you wore recently
- List all the places you’ve been to recently
- Use DoNotPay to locate the keys
The fastest way to find your lost items is with DoNotPay. Our app can contact all the restaurants, shops, and other public places you’ve visited in your stead. You only need to answer a few questions and follow these steps:
- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Type Find Lost Items in the search box
- Provide a detailed description of the item you lost or upload a photo of it
- Inform us of the approximate date you lost the item
If the keys are found, our app will let you know whether you can claim them by pick-up or delivery.
DoNotPay can act as your skilled tracker if you lose:
We also offer a guide to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) lost and found procedure because people tend to lose their belongings there pretty often.
Once you accept that your car keys are nowhere to be found, it’s time to get new ones. In the lost-car-keys-and-no-spare situation, you can choose between these options:
- Going to the dealership
- Calling a locksmith
Getting your car to the dealership is the most expensive option. It is also not the best solution for emergencies since the process takes a lot of time, and you’ll need to tow your car to the shop.
On top of it all, many dealers today outsource this service to locksmiths. You can avoid the extra cost by going straight to a key maker.
Calling a locksmith is a better and cheaper option. Another great benefit of locksmiths is that they usually come to you instead of having to tow your car to them. They can also reprogram the locking system to render the old keys useless.
You will need to provide a locksmith with the following information:
- Your current location
- Personal identification
- Vehicle model
- Registration number
- Vehicle identification number (VIN)
If the locksmith can help you make a new key, you should use this opportunity to create a spare one to avoid similar situations in the future.
Don’t worry if you don’t have the original key with you because the locksmith will replace and reprogram the new key to match your vehicle. They will also make sure to deprogram the old one and make it useless, in case it has been stolen.
The cost of the replacement depends on the key type. You can find further details in the table below:
|Type of Keys||Key Characteristics||Replacement Cost|
||Up to $50|
|Car key fob||
||Less than $20|
|Car key fob with a switchblade key||
||More than $300|
DoNotPay is at your disposal for finding lost items in various places. You can check out our useful guides for locating missing objects in the table below:
|Locations or Businesses We Can Contact||Random Lost Objects||Lost Phones From Different Operators and Manufacturers|
We can also help you:
- Draw up child travel consent forms
- Discover and apply for scholarships
- Find unclaimed funds under your name
- File for violent crime compensation
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As a consumer, you may be overwhelmed with endless steps and piles of paperwork you need to go through to get what you’re owed. This is where DoNotPay comes in—let us be your assistant and fast-track the following:
- Handling a late delivery or a missing product
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