Should you lose or break that key fob or keyless entry remote for your vehicle, you may not think you have many options for repair or replacement. The truth is, you do. While we believe it is critical you get the key fob for your car repaired or replaced when it stops working; it’s also imperative you do the research on where to go.
We’ve come to rely on these handy devices that not only tell your door locks to open and close, but also arm your car alarm system, open hatches and end gates, and don’t forget the panic button for when you might need it.
So, what are you to do? You could go to a dealership, but they often charge dealer rates which may be out of your budget. The other option would be to contact a local locksmith as they often offer a competitively-priced replacement, repair on the same day, and, believe or not, they often do the work for the local dealerships.
Here is a look inside some of those options to help you decide the best course of action to get you back on the road at a price and timeframe you can afford:
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While the internet provides solutions to all types of problems, we would not recommend following the directions of an online resource to help fix your key fob. It can be tempting as there are literally thousands of online auto vendors who sell inexpensive replacement versions and parts for vehicle key fobs and remotes. Most often, these companies buy parts and units in bulk, which enables them to sell cheaply-made items at a discount. There are many challenges auto owners can face if they try to go the DIY way such as, what if the part you received is faulty and doesn’t work? What if you break the new parts you received while trying to get it to work? What if attempting to do this yourself, you damage different areas of your car learning to a dealership not honoring your car warranty. When your replacement arrives, you still need to program the transponder when it arrives along with a few other areas. With so many “what if” scenarios at play with DIY approaches, we recommend that you leave this type of task to the locksmithing experts.
Looking To Visit A Dealership? Be Ready To Pay Dealer Rates.
If you are an “only the best” type of person, you may have convinced yourself that the only valuable option for fixing your key fob problem is to go to the car dealership. It’s true they can solve your issue, but you should be prepared to wait a few days for them to order it and you will most definitely pay more. According to a Consumer Reports article, you can expect a dealer replacement and programming to cost $200 or more, depending on the vehicle and the key’s design. A Lexus dealer quoted $374 for a new key, fob, and programming, and a BMW dealer said replacement keyless fobs could be as much as $500, depending on the model.
Try A Local Locksmith For Key Fob Repair or Replacement!
A locksmith can handle every step of replacing a key fob. They can get you a new one, program it, and perform any other related key-related tasks for you. Local key experts also have the technical and security expertise to make sure it is done right the first time. Modern keys are complex pieces of technology and a part of a locksmith’s daily work routine. They are ready and willing to help.
The option you choose to solve your problem can mean the difference between spending a lot more than necessary or even ending up with a cheap replacement that causes more trouble than good. If you need reasonably-priced repair or replacement with a minimum of hassle, let your local locksmith handle the key fob replacement for you.
Need a key fob repaired or replaced today? Call Big Red Locksmiths at 402-554-0499. We have replacements for hundreds of vehicles in stock to get you back on the road sooner, rather than later, at a price you can afford.