But Luton-based Auto Keys is setting up a mobile service which aims to minimise the chaos that can be caused when a van can't be entered or started.
Auto Keys employs a network of mobile auto locksmiths which covers most of England and Wales now and will soon be extended to Scotland.
The firm aims to reach a stricken van within the hour and offers a 24/7 service. Marketing director Les Tasker said: 'The fitters have on board all the necessary equipment to gain entry to vehicles without damage, cut a key and encode the transponders on many types of vehicle. This saves the expense of recovery to a main dealer and the time the vehicle is off the road waiting for them to supply a key.
Auto Keys works in conjunction with the AA, RAC and Green Flag and already has deals in place with big fleets such as Arval PHH.
The firm is already attending about 2,000 calls a month and believes it can help out in many more cases where vehicles are at present taken to a local dealer.