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Three Things To Do When You Lose Your Car Key

The trope of losing one’s keys is a tale as old as time — you’re in a rush, you reach into your pockets, only to find that your car key isn’t there. Don’t worry; you’re not the only one to have experienced this. According to Pixie, a social media trend news outlet,  around 20 million people lose their car keys or house keys every year in the United States alone. So, that being the case, what should you do if you happen to have lost your car key? Here are three ideas:

Retrace your steps

Naturally, finding your keys is the ideal scenario. It’s always in the last place you look, right? That being the case, it might be a good idea to search around your usual areas of activity. Some of the most common places people end up finding their lost car keys are the following:

Ignition Slot or Glovebox

Sometimes you simply forget to take the key out with you, and end up locking your keys inside the car. If you find that to be the case, you might be fortunate enough to have found your keys, but will probably be in need of lockout services, which we can provide.

Kitchen Countertop

Many people find that their keys simply end up being on the kitchen countertops, or other countertops in the home.


You may have left your keys in pants from prior outings, which ended up in the washer or dryer.


Sometimes, when tossing grocery bags, your keys might end up getting tossed as well.

Between Couch Cushions

It’s an obvious one for sure, but it doesn’t hurt to double-check.

Different Pockets

Pant pockets and jacket pockets from previous days out could potentially have your lost car key.

Among Pet Items

Pet bowls, food, and a myriad of other areas could be housing your key, either as the result of your own misplacement, or a playful pet’s pranks.

Contact Your Nearest Dealership

In a perfect world, you’d have all the time you needed to search for your missing car keys. However, in a society that is time-poor, sometimes the sooner you can have keys, the better. If you reach out to your nearest automotive dealership, you can rest easy knowing that they’ll be able to create a key for your vehicle. However, this is only the case if your vehicle is one of the brands they service (e.g., a Ford dealership probably won’t be able to create a key for your Hyundai Elantra). Furthermore, the markups and overall prices at dealerships can be exorbitant — so the only potential reason you would want a dealership is because of the guarantee that they can service your car.

Hire A Locksmith

Considering how exorbitant the prices at a dealership can be, hiring a local locksmith to replace your car key may be your best bet. There are a number of Arizona locksmiths to choose from, but not all locksmiths can create a variety of car keys, and so it’s a smart idea to make sure that you verify whether they can assist your specific model. Our Arizona locksmiths at Phoenix EZ-Keys specialize in a myriad of car models, and as such, are able to help you get the key you need both at an affordable price, and in a timely manner.

Nobody likes losing their things. It can be costly, inconvenient, and just generally frustrating. However, there are options available to you should you happen to lose your car key, or house key. If you aren’t able to locate it, don’t hesitate to contact Phoenix EZ-Keys. Our team is composed of Arizona locksmiths who will be able to help get you a new key (and maybe a spare, should you fear losing another set of keys) in a timely and affordable manner.

If you would like us to make you a new car key, don’t hesitate to book an appointment today!

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