Lost Car Keys
Some Thoughts Regarding Lost Car Keys
Lost car keys can be a hassle; there's no doubt about that. It's fairly certain that car keys are seldom lost in the parking area of a shopping mall, although admittedly it does happen on rare occasions. Why doesn't it happen more? Because shopping mall parking areas are covered in asphalt, and unless some kind soul as taken your lost car keys and turned them into Lost and Found, dropped them in a nearby mail box, or simply kept them, you'll usually find them, as car keys on asphalt are easy to spot.
Asphalt Good, Snow Bad, Mud Worse - Lost car keys tend to remain that way however whenever you park in snow or mud. Mud is worst. Who wants to get down on hands and knees in the mud, not even knowing for certain that the car keys are anywhere near the car? Snow is better, although lost car keys can at times be nearly impossible to find even if only a couple of inches of snow is involved.
In the days before cell phones, the worst place to lose car keys was during a hike in the wilderness. When returning to the trail head there would be just you and your car, maybe several other cars, but no other people. With today's technology, you can get hold of a locksmith, dealership, or a friend instantly and start working the problem. For certain makes of late model automobiles you can dial a number, answer a few questions, and seconds later you door unlocks and the engine starts.
A True Story - Once we had relatives visiting from another state, 500 miles away. We had rented an SUV that would comfortably hold 6 people for use during their visit. On the last day of their visit, one of the relatives borrowed the SUV to run an errand. A few hours later, the relatives left for their trip home. Not much later I looked for the keys for the SUV and they were nowhere to be found. Our relative had them in his pocket and was at least 300 miles away, with no cell phone. Worse yet, he had parked the SUV in front of the garage, so we couldn't get our own car out. We called a locksmith, giving him the make and model of the car. But it was an electronically programmed key and he couldn't help. We next called the car rental agency. Two hours later a taxi arrived with a set of keys, properly programmed and ready for use.
It could have been much worse. There was really no inconvenience since we didn't have to go anywhere. Only some anxiety, and the insurance company reimbursed us for the taxi fare. A few days later we received the kidnapped keys in the mail and all was well again.
Things aren't always as bad as they first appear when it comes to lost car keys, and in some instance, like the one described above, the situation can even seem quite humorous, at least in hindsight. The key thing to remember is, there is usually someone who can help, or at least get help, as long as you're in position to communicate. If you have to leave your car behind, make certain your copy down the make model and serial number (information best kept in your purse or wallet). The locksmith or car dealership will need that information. The dealership is always a good place to contact first as they may be able to deliver a new set of keys quickly, and a locksmith may or may not be equipped to deal with programmable keys, security being an issue.
Take A Deep Breath And Think Things Through - If your car is in a safe location and you can leave it and return with another set of keys, you'll avoid towing charges, and if you have a spare set, locksmith fees. Before deciding to get your car towed, unless you feel it's absolutely necessary, check your auto insurance policy first. The insurance company may pay you for the towing. Best of all, if you're a member of AAA or a similar roadside service organization, they're often your best first choice to contact.