How Much Does it Cost to Program a Key Fob?
A key fob is the handheld piece, usually carried on your key ring, that is used to lock and unlock the doors of a car. Key fobs can also perform functions such as opening the trunk, setting or disarming a security system, or even starting the car. In the past, a car key was a basic cut with no security features. You could simply go into a locksmith to get a new key; with key fobs, however, the process is much different. There are some key fobs that have a separate key that starts the car and can also unlock the doors. If this is the case, replacing or reprogramming a key fob would not be vital since you could still use the key to get in and out of the car. There are other key fobs, however, that are part of the key itself. If this is lost or damaged, getting a new one is your only option.
How much is it?
- On average, programming a key fob is going to range anywhere from $40 to $100, depending on the make and model of the car. Most of the time, this can be done on your own.
- According to Edmunds.com, they state that an electronic key fob can cost $50 to $90, depending on the complexity of the design.
- Users on DodgeTalk.com stated that they paid $40 to $50 to have a dealer program their fob.
What is going to be included?
- Depending on the make and model of the car, a key fob is designed to unlock a door or trunk. This fob is generally attached to the key chain.
- Using radio wave signals, the key fob will be able to communicate directly with your car. The car and the key fob will both have memory chips that enable the fob to work. When the fob button is pressed, it will send a code to the car telling it what it should do.
- With most basic installation jobs, the car key will have to be inserted into the ignition and turned to the “on” position. When in position, a special action may be needed a few times in a row for it to go into program mode. When the car is in programming mode, a button on the fob will have to be pressed to make it work.
- A key fob can either be purchased from the dealership or a third-party retailer. The way that the key fob is programmed will depend on the make and model of the car, not the specific key fob.
What are the extra costs?
- With some fobs that are purchased online, some may require you to go to a local locksmith to properly program it.
- The cost of programming a key fob will be separate from purchasing one in the first place.
- If you want a key fob that has the capabilities of starting your car remotely, then you will have to purchase the automatic car starter as well. This is usually done at a dealership or at establishments such as Car Tunes or Radios, Knobs, Speakers, and Things.
Tips to know:
- If you are going to buy online, always make sure that the model is going to work with your make and model of your car. When buying a fob, you will need your car’s make, model and the year it was manufactured.
- To find out how to program your remote, refer to ProgramYourRemote.com.
How can I save money?
- Talk with the dealership where you bought the car from in the first place. Depending on the dealer, some may be able to program the key for free or for a discounted rate.
- Oftentimes, there is a way around this fee. Most fobs can be programmed with a certain combination of button presses. If you cannot find this inside of the owner’s manual, consider looking for a how-to guide on the internet.
- Consider looking for aftermarket fobs from an online store or local locksmith. However, with most third-party products, be sure to research before making the purchase.
- Try avoid going to the dealer and consider looking for key fobs on Amazon and eBay.
- Always try to program a key fob on your own before heading to a dealership.