How to Get a Replacement Car Key Without The Original

Imagine the scene – you’re about to head out to work, to pick up the kids, or to go out with friends. You’re just heading to the car and – disaster – you can’t find your key! It’s a problem that’s occurred to millions of us – but we understand that, in the moment, this might not be much solace! Therefore, it really does make sense to either have a spare key to hand, or to reach out to a local team of car key replacement experts.

That said, not all of us have the time to set up spare keys, or even remember to do so. More often than not, we realise that we need a spare key or fob right at the last possible moment! Therefore, if you find yourself in a sticky situation and can’t access your vehicle, you’re going to need a reliable team behind you to help get you back on the road as soon as possible.

But – how do you get a replacement car key without the original? Is it even possible to unlock your car and start driving again even if you don’t have the first keys or fob to hand? The answer is yes – absolutely – and Vehicle Key Services is here to help.


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What Type of Key Do You Need?

Now – first of all, it’s important to know that not all car keys are the same. That said, car keys and unlocking systems do often fall under two or three different types. Therefore, your car is likely to be unlocked through either a traditional key (a mechanical option), a key fob, or a transponder key. To get a replacement car key without the original, it’s important to know which type of unlocking system you’re working with.

However, you don’t necessarily need to know this outright. The experts at Vehicle Key Services will carefully analyse your car’s locking system and support all manufacturers – meaning if you don’t know the answer to this question, don’t worry!


Calling a Local Expert

Vehicle Key Services provide more than just simple unlocking. We cut new car keys and van keys – and no, you won’t even need to have your original keys to hand to gain access. In fact, in many cases, customers approach us to unlock cars and replace keys having lost or misplaced their originals altogether. For example, if your car keys have been stolen, it’s simply not possible to copy the originals – and it makes sense to get a new set made just in case someone still tries accessing your car.

Our experts can program new car key fobs and cut new keys based on your lock – not your key. Therefore, all you need to do is call us in your hour of need, and we will head to you for analysis. For our customers, we’re regarded as something of an emergency service. Therefore, if you’re ever locked out of your vehicle and you have somewhere that you need to be, all you have to do is call us for emergency support. It’s as simple as that!


What We’ll Need

To be able to unlock your car and replace your key and/or fob, we’re going to need some information from you. First and foremost, our team will need to know your car’s VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number. This is a serial code that corresponds directly to your vehicle, and knowing this detail will ensure your car key is produced quicker and easier for you.

You’ll normally find your VIN details either in your car’s engine bay, or via the dashboard. If you don’t have access to either of these, don’t worry – we will help you find a solution. Beyond this, we’ll also need to see that you are the registered owner of the car or vehicle in question.

For example, we will need your car’s log book as a priority. This lets us know that you have the right to drive your car, and a little bit about what we can expect from your vehicle. We will, of course, also require valid UK ID from you before we can start work – we’ll need you to prove your identity with photo ID such as a driving license or a passport – a proof of address, too, where you and your car are registered, will be fantastic.

It’s all in the name of getting your car unlocked and your key replaced – so you can get back to driving again without worrying about anything going awry.


Emergency Help When You Need It

mobile car key replacementThe team at Vehicle Key Services is proud to offer a flexible, reliable key replacement and unlocking service on demand. It’s important to us that you gain access back into your vehicle as soon as possible.

Therefore, if you do find yourself in a tight spot and need to get up and running ASAP, there’s no need to panic. As associated auto locksmiths, we are in a fantastic position to provide both key recutting and fob reprogramming on demand. All you ever have to do is call our team the moment you notice a problem, and we will get to you as a matter of priority.

Replacing keys or fobs for cars, vans and bikes doesn’t have to be complex, and you certainly don’t need to original copies to get access. All we need is proof that you’re the owner of your vehicle. Not everyone has the luxury of spare sets of keys – meaning that if you find yourself locked out and in a pinch, it’s good to know there’s someone who can back you up at the worst possible moment.

Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t have a spare key. It happens! Vehicle Key Services’ experts are here to help you get back on your wheels and to regain access to your machine. If you need help at any time and you’re in our catchment areas (of Doncaster, Chesterfield, Sheffield and beyond), be sure to contact us for immediate advice and to set up a replacement car key, even without the original.