Congratulations, you’ve purchased the car of your dreams!
Whether you’re buying a car at an auction, through an online marketplace, or from a private seller, there’s always a feeling of excitement when buying a car and finalising the purchase.
But what happens if you’ve bought a car with no keys? This is typical for older or vintage cars, and gaining access and control of your new purchase can be stressful if you’re not sure what to do.
How can you get a new car key without the original keys? By calling an automotive locksmith, that’s how!
What to do after buying a car from an auction
Your car may be new to you, but remember, it had another owner before you, and therefore a whole other life! It may be in good condition, but it’s still important to follow these steps when you acquire a new car.
1. Get to know your vehicle
It’s essential to first get to know your vehicle by reading the manual (if available) and researching its features, functions, and how to maintain it.
Knowing your new vehicle gives you an idea about important things like:
- Engine capacity
- Tire pressure
- Fuel consumption
- Recommended maintenance schedule
- Dashboard lights and warnings
2. Transfer the car registration and title
After the excitement of your auction win dies down, you’ll need to get down to business. Now’s the time to make sure that the registration and title of the vehicle is transferred to your name.
Depending on your state, some laws apply around purchasing an auctioned vehicle. That’s why you should seek help on how registration and titles work for your car.
3. Get car insurance
After purchasing a car, you should take out insurance as soon as possible.
If this is a second or third car, speak to your current provider about adding this vehicle to your current plan. If you’ve purchased a classic car, you might want to investigate providers who specialise in classic and vintage cover.
4. Schedule an inspection for repairs or maintenance
An auctioned or second-hand car may have issues that you’re not aware of. So to become more familiar with your new car, consult a mechanic to know the ins and outs of its current condition.
Get an expert mechanic to carry out an inspection and conduct regular maintenance on your car to minimise issues you may face down the track.
5. Check your car keys
If you happen to buy a second-hand or classic car with no keys, you will need brand new, customised car keys to get you on the road fast.
Many cars at auctions are from private sellers and may include special circumstances where the key may be lost or its whereabouts unknown, such as deceased estates.
In such cases, you may find yourself with a new purchase, but no keys to get it moving.
What can you do with a car that has no keys?
When it comes to lost, missing, or broken car keys, you may need the help of a car locksmith near you who can work with most makes and models, including some luxury brands.
A reliable auto locksmith in Melbourne should be accredited and certified by the Master Locksmiths Association of Australia (MLAA), which ensures they have the skill and knowledge to create quality car keys without an original.
Can a locksmith make a car key without the original?
Yes, we certainly can!
Auto locksmiths have the necessary skills, knowledge, and expertise in providing you with a new set of car keys – even when you don’t have the original!
We’ll help you get on the road fast, without hassle or damage to your new purchase.
Is it a good idea to buy a car from an auction?
There’s always that excitement that comes with becoming the new owner of an auctioned car.
When buying a car at an auction, you can enjoy great value for money. However it can carry more risks, and as such is usually reserved for those with an in-depth knowledge of cars.
However, before bidding in an auction, you may also need to consider that you may not be covered by a standard warranty, and it may be difficult to organise a test drive.
But at the end of the day, whether you choose to buy a second-hand car at auction or not, what determines your decision depends on your budget, priorities, and goals.
It’s really your decision to make!
Do you need new car keys but don’t have the original?
Call Galmier’s Melbourne auto locksmiths now
Bought an auctioned car without its original car keys? Don’t worry: Galmier is here to help!
Galmier’s auto locksmiths provide reliable and high-quality locksmith services to clients across Melbourne’s Bayside region.
Our team of auto locksmiths works both for general car models and those of luxury brands.
Galmier also offers a wide range of locksmithing services, including:
- Car key replacement for lost car keys
- Modern car key cutting
- Locksmith services for mechanics
- Master Key system locks
- Electronic and digital locks