Gone are the days when you could get a couple of spare keys made for your car at the local hardware store. Unless you are driving a vehicle made before 1995 (most cars after 1995 have transponder chips and are programmed to a specific car) you can expect some major hassle, time and expense to replace a lost or broken key, remote or key fob.While your first instinct may be to call the car dealership when this unfortunate problem occurs, you should consider some of the other options available to replace a lost or broken key, transponder key, remote or key fob for your vehicle.
What Do You Do If You’ve Lost or Broken Your Automobile Key?
1. Call the Dealership
Dealerships demand top dollar for replacement keys and programming. According to Consumer Reports, If you lose the key and fob, “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.” Before calling your dealership, it is a good idea to explore what alternatives may be available.
2. Search for Internet Purchase Options
It’s true that hundreds of keys, remotes and key fobs available for purchase over the Internet. Although this can save time and money on the front end, be sure to keep in mind that reprogramming of these devices will still be necessary and this involves varying degrees of difficulty, depending on the model and car in question. In addition, you must be certain you are purchasing the correct device, or one that is listed as compatible, which is sometimes a crapshoot.
3. Contact Your Local Locksmith
Your local locksmith can often solve these very problems quickly and at a fraction of the cost you’d pay to a dealership and without the hassle of having to reprogram the devices on your own. While dealerships typically have specific hours of service, locksmiths are typically available on a 24/7 basis and have solutions at hand to get you back on the road quickly. Instead of waiting two weeks or more for your dealership to order the appropriate key or fob, locksmiths have access to or keep in stock keys and fobs for hundreds of makes and models. They also have the expertise to handle the reprogramming and compatibility issues you might encounter on your own.
Big Red Locksmiths Have In-Stock Replacement Keys, Remotes and Fobs for Most Vehicles (402) 554-0499
Big Red Locksmith can get you back on the road quickly with 24/7 auto locksmith service, and are able to replace most factory original remotes while you wait – no appointment necessary. All keys are in stock and available for most makes and models at a fraction of the cost of your local car dealer. Save time, hassle and money by giving us a call at 402-554-0499 before you contact the dealership.