Losing your car keys is inconvenient, nerve-wracking, and sometimes even dangerous. We’ve all been there once before, and we hope that we never have to face it ever again!

If you’ve lost your keys or want to prepare yourself in case you do, it pays to know the steps you should take in order to possibly find them or get replacements right away.

Here’s a guide to help you out:

Step 1. Search the area one more time

You might have been running around the area panicked out of your mind looking for the keys. Unfortunately, looking for small items in such a mental state is not helpful. It can force you to lose focus quickly, possibly causing you to miss the keys even if they are right in front of your eyes.

Before you give up, take a deep breath and calm down. Once you have regained your focus, look around one more time. You might have just misplaced them somewhere but just assumed they were lost in the heat of the moment.

If you do find your keys, then that’s great. Otherwise, keep on searching. If you have scanned every nook and cranny and still cannot find them, go on to the next step.

Step 2. Look around and in the car

Take a look around the vehicle. Did the keys fall anywhere around the doors or perhaps under the car? This can be a possibility because you might not have put the keys into your pockets properly, and they accidentally fell out. Check the car door because you might have left them in the keyhole. 

If you find them outside the vehicle, consider yourself lucky. Many people seem to leave the keys inside their car. If this is the case for you, there is nothing much you can do about it other than calling a locksmith to open the car for you. If you do need a locksmith, follow the next step.

Step 3. Collect your car info

If you have reached this step, it is time to gather some information. You will need to tell the locksmith what brand and model your car is. That way, they will be able to arrive with the right tools to get the door unlocked.

On that note, the information you need to give can be very specific. That is because locking mechanisms can be different even within the same line of cars. For instance, one can use a traditional key, while another can use a transponder.

Nevertheless, you will send information such as your vehicle identification number, make, and year. If you have trouble looking for these details, you can check your insurance papers or car registration documents (given they are not locked inside).

However, if you have no information to share, do not worry. The locksmith can visit the car and check the lock by themselves to figure out what will work.


Want to know an excellent way to save yourself all this headache of losing the key? Well, other than telling you to be a little more careful, we highly recommend that you make spare keys. That way, if you accidentally lose the keys or find them locked inside the car, you can still get to them with the spares. That said, we hope you never run into this situation ever, but if you do, remember to stay calm at all times.Lost your car keys? Don’t worry. Allied Lock & Door is here to save your day. We’re based in Cincinnati, and we’ve got the expertise and tools to unlock your door or provide you with a new key. Contact us right away!