There’s never a good time to be locked out of your car. Whether you’re in your own driveway, at work or in a parking lot, being locked out is frustrating and unsafe. As an auto locksmith in Houston, TX, Express Locksmith is ready to help—whether you’ve lost your car keys or they’re just on the wrong side of the glass. We perform a variety of locksmith services, including:
If you can’t turn over your ignition, you’re not going to go anywhere fast! A reputable car locksmith in Houston, TX can help with ignition lockouts, allowing you to start your car and drive away smoothly
Automatic locks are a convenience feature, but they’re not very convenient when your keys are still inside of your car! Call us to come and unlock your doors if you’ve left your keys in the ignition or on the seat.
Can’t open your trunk? A stuck truck is a job for an auto locksmith. We’ll get your trunk open quickly so you can retrieve whatever’s inside. Jammed locks are no match for us.
Newer vehicles have smart keys that active locks via a chip. If you’re locked out and have one of these keys, we’re able to replicate the signal to unlock your doors. We can also work with fobs.
If you’ve lost your keys, we can help! We offer key replacement services for most major car brands, including smart keys. We’re able to work fast so your car isn’t sitting idle for long.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Do I Do If I Lost My Car Key?
According to a recent news article, 30% of the American population misplace their car or house keys once every week. If you lose or misplace your car keys, try to remain as calm as possible and collect the following information:
- The make, model, and the vehicle’s registration number
- The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)
- Your identification
- Proof of vehicle ownership
- Your address
An approved auto locksmith should be able to provide you with key programming and key cutting services using the above information.
Can I Get a Car Key Made Without the Original?
It is possible to have a replacement made even without the original. However, you need to establish whether yours is a car key fob, traditional, or a transponder key. Traditional keys are rather easy to replace, while key fobs and transponders can be difficult.
You can then decide to contact your dealership or an experienced locksmith. The former option can be quite costly and time-consuming, especially if the dealership has to tow your vehicle to their premises.
While having your car’s code could make the replacement process simpler, a good auto locksmith should be able to replace your car key even without this code.
How Do I Get a Replacement Ignition Key?
Losing your car keys can be rather stressful. Using the services of an auto locksmith is the fastest way of replacing lost or misplaced ignition keys.
- Establish whether your ignition key is regular or coded. If it’s coded, you will need the services of a dealer or a locksmith who can imprint the code onto a blank
- Contact a 24 hour auto locksmith in your area. These details are normally listed on the yellow pages
- Order the replacement from your preferred locksmith. This should take only a few hours
- Check whether your new car ignition key works
Can I Get a Duplicate Key for My Car?
Having a duplicate minimizes your chances of being in a car lockout situation. Having a duplicate is different from replacing it. A duplicate is an identical copy of your original or replaced car key. Therefore, you need to have the physical key with you for the duplication process to begin.
The cost involved in duplicating car keys is not cast on stone. Rather, it is influenced by such factors as your vehicle’s model, the duplication machine used, and your location.
Are Lost Keys Covered By Car Insurance?
If you lose or misplace your car keys, you will have to incur the cost of replacing them. If you are locked out of your car or stranded by the roadside, your policy might cover the emergency road service to tow your vehicle to a safe location. Some comprehensive insurance policies cover lost keys as a standard or extra option. Read through your policy documents to find out whether your insurer covers replacement costs.
Whether it is worth placing a claim on your lost keys or not depends on your circumstances. For instance, if the policy’s deductions are higher than the cost of key replacement, it might not be worth putting a claim. However, if you’ve lost or misplaced a high-tech key, a claim might be a cost-effective option.
No matter where you’re parked or what time of day it is, Express Locksmith will come to your aid. We can unlock just about any make or model, so you can get back to using your vehicle and get home safely. Contact us today at 832-690-1640 for more information.