A key fob allows you to lock or unlock your car doors with a push of a button. Some will start your car, open the windows, and more. To turn the ignition, the actual key can still be used. Even if you don’t have your fob anymore, the metal key can still be used to turn your car on.
Programming fobs is a complicated process that a professional locksmith can do better than anyone else. If your remote key has a chip transponder, only a locksmith or car dealer can program it. The dealership will charge more for a key fob replacement and won’t come to you in an emergency.
A professional locksmith can handle it all.
They can program your key fob, replace it, or reprogram it. It is best to have your key fob replaced by a locksmith. They offer all the expertise of a dealer – for less, and they will come to you in case of an emergency.
Expert locksmiths are familiar with all types of car keys, including electronic ones. They can reprogram keys, erase existing keys from cars’ computers, and even make you a spare.
Key fob programming doesn’t take long.
Programming a key fob typically takes about 15-30 minutes. The complexity of programming the key depends on the vehicle’s model and manufacturer. The entire process, including the cutting of the mechanical spare key, takes less than an hour.
The car will need to be there when the programming is done. The key fob and the car must be in the vicinity for it to work. In some instances, access to the car’s computer system might be necessary.
It might not cost you a dime.
Before you buy a new fob for your car, make sure to check your car’s warranty, insurance, or roadside assistance coverage. This will help you determine if the keys are covered. Some extended warranties offer key-fob coverage.
Be sure to know what type of car key you have.
Most new cars come with one of these four types of keys and remotes:
- A key fob that allows for push-button start or keyless entry and can be carried in a purse or pocket to perform virtually all functions.
- A key fob that can be used to remotely lock, unlock, and push-button start.
- A remote and an ignition key to unlock and lock the doors.
- A basic key with a security chip. It starts the car, locks the doors, and unlocks them through the key cylinder.
Getting an aftermarket key fob is possible.
If your car is 5 years old or older, it’s likely that you can use an aftermarket fob. Many of these fobs are less sophisticated and can be programmed by a local automotive locksmith. It is best to let your locksmith supply the key fob as well. They will know exactly the right fob for your car.
You might just need to replace the battery.
First, key fobs are made from widely available batteries, which usually cost less than $5. This applies to all fob batteries, including those made by Nissan, Honda, and luxury cars like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. It is typically easy to replace a key fob battery. Each car manufacturer will have different ways of changing a fob’s battery.
The owner’s manual will provide details on which type of battery is required, most hardware stores and larger pharmacies carry key fob batteries. In the owner’s manual, you should also find instructions on how to remove and replace the batteries. Sometimes, you may need a small flat-head screwdriver or a knife to make it easier. The internet has many videos that show how to change the batteries.
All-In Locksmith in Hollywood, FL can replace your key fob and get you back into your car. We’ll sync your new key and ensure your vehicle starts and all features work before leaving. We serve all of Broward, Weston, Hollywood, and surrounding areas. To reach us, click here or give us a call at (954) 997-8372.