Locksmith Cost: The Do’s and Don’ts when Losing a Key6 min read
Being locked out or losing a key often requires you to call a locksmith. The more you search the more you find that most websites has a lot of information about “car locksmith Ashburn” or “Locksmith in Ashburn” and that most locksmiths – including us – compete to ranked high for the keyword “Locksmith near me“. But with all of that excessive information, you’ll find that it is almost impossible to find out how much does it cost to rekey your home, car or business.
The Red Flags Rule
Like any trade, some locksmiths are more skilled than others and most charge different rates for similar services. With that information in mind how can you tell if you are being overcharged for a service? Well, the red flag rule here is the lockout. Ask your locksmith “what if my keys are inside my car, how much would you charge just to unlock it?”. Local locksmiths will answer that question before you can finish it, as their fee did not change for 10 years, while others will mumble something about that they have to visually inspect your vehicle before giving you a price. Well.. if your locksmith needs to look at the car to give you the price to unlock it, it’s probably not the locks that are being evaluated.
Questions like How much does it cost to replace a lost car key shouldn’t be answered at time of service, but on your initial call. Any other solution is not fair for the customer. We, as consumers, need to know what are we paying for, when will we get it and most important how much does it cost. Can you imagine adding items to your cart and not being able to see pricing until checkout? of course not.
How to Get a Free Estimate to Replace Lost Car Keys
But wait.. it’s not all bad. Find My keys has a solution for you! Simply click here and get the cost to replace your car key, on-site by a local locksmith in less than 60 seconds(!)
With our instant cost calculator you can get instant estimate to copy or replace most car keys and fobs. Ford, Lexus, Toyota, GM, Chrysler, Chevy, Jeep, Dodge, Lincoln, Mazda, Scion and many more.
Wait for our confirmation email! Some cars requires additional work (ECU Refresh, Advanced Immobilizer Programming, Instrument Cluster reset, etc.) and we might need to adjust that price for you. Additionally, cars that were modified (replacement ignition, aftermarket radio and remote start) might affect your final price. We recommend to confirm the price with the locksmith or call center before the locksmith starts to work and we ask the locksmiths in our network to discuss pricing with their customers.
Program Car Key Fob
If you purchased your key online you can call a local locksmith near Ashburn to program it. Most key fobs will program easily and at fixed price while other requires purchasing a pin code from the dealer to complete the programming (GM, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, 2017+ selected Ford models, Hyundai, Kia and more). These factors can affect your price so if you’re planning to buy your keys online, find a locksmith first to make sure that your key can be programmed and to get an estimate. You can call Find My Keys for a custom estimate.
Lost Car Key
If you drive a newer Ford and lost your only car key you may be required to purchase 2 keys. It is a manufacturer requirement and without it the car will remain in learning mode and won’t be able to start the vehicle. If a 2nd key required, you should pay less for it as you’re paying for part only. Travel & programming fee should be covered already with your initial purchase.
If your car key is lost and you got a spare at your house, it might not work. Car manufacturers like Nissan, Toyota & Honda requires reset of your car immobilizer before a new key can be learned. Once a new key registered to your system, old keys will no longer work. If you want to re-program you old car key call a nearby locksmith at later time or ask your locksmith for a follow up appointment. Some will be kind enough and let you bring your car at later time to re-program old keys at low or no extra cost.