When a BMW’s cheapest – the cost of losing your car keys exposed

We expose the surging cost of losing your car keys as well as which cars cost most and what you can do to bring it down

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  • 13:13, twenty three MAY 2017
  • Updated 13:56, twenty three MAY 2017
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Locking your keys in your car, losing them while out, accidentally binning or recycling them, children hiding them. there are a hundred ways to lose your car keys. Sadly, it also now frequently costs hundreds of pounds to substitute them.

Fresh figures display that getting replacement keys for a Fiat costs an average of £249.02 – with only Volvo keys more expensive to substitute. At the other end of the scale the cheapest major car manufacturer to get fresh keys from is BMW (£111.Ten) followed by Vauxhall (£134.51), PolicyExpert found.

Here are the three best ways to recover lost keys for less:

1. Look better

There’s an art to finding lost things, and not just an art, there are also ‘findologists’. Well, there’s at least one, who’s a professor.

These are his ten top tips for finding lost objects – including locating the “Eureka zone” where things are found most often, how “not looking for it” can work best and striking the “camouflage effect”.

Two. Technological solutions

There are a range of key finders on the market , that cost from a few pounds and let you find your lost keys with everything from bluetooth, sirens, WiFi to GPS tracking systems integrated to mobile smartphone apps.

Almost all of them fit on a key fob, and mean for a few quid you can track down missing keys. Unless they’ve been lost miles away or thrown in the bin and ruined. In which case.

Trio. Cover them

If you can’t find them, or they’re locked in the car and you can’t get at them, then you can substitute them for less. Key cover means you insurance will pay for replacements, meaning you don’t have to break a window to get at them.

“There are different levels of car key cover available. Cover that’s included with your general car insurance policy as standard, might only be a basic level of cover, but enhancing it might only cost a little more,” said Adam Powell, head of operations at Policy Pro.

“The best policies not only cover you for the cost of a replacement key which is lost or stolen, but also if you accidentally lock your keys in the car, and will arrange for the situation to be sorted wherever you are. The best policies may also cover the cost of substituting locks as well as keys”.

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