Steps to replace your car key
- Write down you car’s VIN number.
- This will be necessary in finding someone who will help you replace the key. In most cars, the VIN is located on the driver’s side dashboard and is visible through the window, but it may also be located on a rear wheel well or the front of the engine block, in the trunk or door jam, or on the frame of the car between the carburetor and windshield washer If you’re not sure where yours is, look up the location (or even the number itself) online.
- Write down the year, make, and model of your vehicle. Again, this will be indispensable for making any replacements.
Ask a local locksmith if they can make you a replacement key. While hardware stores aren’t generally equipped to create new car keys (as opposed to simply copying them), locksmiths usually have more sophisticated machinery. The older your vehicle, the better the odds that a locksmith will be able to help you.
- If you lost a key fob (remote), a good locksmith may be able to help you make a new one – depending, of course, on the on how sophisticated the key was. Additionally, we should be able to help you reprogram the replacement key, though your manual should also have instructions on how to do that. Be sure to bring any other key fobs associated with that vehicle with you, as they sometimes won’t work until the new key is programmed.