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Updated: Apr 16

I get loads of calls along the lines of “I auto locksmith service in london , lost or stolen key in croydon ,

My advice is always the same. Get a free quote y NOW. Usually the reply is, “ tell me the problem what happen key wet , key not working not starting the car , stuck from going to work , let me give you a rough estimate ”. It will.

Why not?

Don’t think that the reason for drying it is to stop it shorting out or something, and that is the end of the problem. Initially that is exactly what happens, but the damage to your car key is done and irretrievable. The water has soaked the board and it will fail.

The components of the car key are soldered on a small circuit board that is made of compressed cardboard and the water has made it swell a little, and become weakened. Over the next few weeks, every time you press a button, the board will flex, and very soon, the delicate solder spots and the very fine copper wires that make the connections will break.

If you are lucky, the car will still start, but the remote will pack up. If you are unlucky, the lot will stop working. Either way, you could be in expensive trouble.

Some cars NEED a working key available to make a new one. If they do, you are left going to the dealer and paying recovery fees, whatever they choose to charge for a new key, and up to 4 weeks of getting a bus or a taxi everywhere.

Even if a new car key can be made without a working key available, the locksmith will charge you more as he needs specialist tools and equipment, and more time, to work out all the codes needed.

So, compare a newer (for instance) Ford. A new car key where there is a working key available, may be around £200.

No key available?

Recovery costs to the dealer. 4 weeks without a car. £4-500 for the key supplying and programming. Never mind that you are stuck with the kids at the seaside, no working car, 70 miles from home and work next morning.

Is it really worth the risk?

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