Replacing car keys may be more expensive than you think
The key to proper peace of mind is not simply knowing that your vehicle is insured, but that its keys are covered too. Don’t be satisfied with just knowing your vehicle’s value when it comes to insurance – have you ever given a thought to what it would cost to replace your car keys?
Your car insurance policy might cover the loss of or damage to your car keys, but the limit allowed might not always be adequate to cover the necessary costs. Just like different car models vary in value, different keys cost different amounts to repair or replace. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular types of keys:
Modern vehicles have become more automated and computerised, offering fantastic driving and passenger experiences with previously unthought of mod-cons. These vehicles’ keys have also advanced and now contain some serious technology. This means that they are more expensive to repair or replace and so require more cover.
A recent, independent investigation revealed that the dealer of a popular 2021 model vehicle delivered a quote of R52 000 to have both keys (the primary and spare) replaced. The quote included all labour and the reprogramming of both keys. To have a duplicate key made from an existing key would have cost approximately R5 200. Are you sure that your policy would cover these amounts?
Contact us to check what your policy limit is on your car keys and, if necessary, how to extend it or cover your keys separately at a suitable value. If you have a spare key, make sure that you always know where it is. Don’t lock yourself out of insurance peace of mind.