How Much Does it Cost to Program a Key Fob?

In the past, a car key was a basic cut with no security features.  You could simply go to a locksmith to get a new key, but with a key fob, 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 is part of the key itself.

If this part were lost or damaged, getting a new one is your only option.

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 keychain.

Keys by jessicafm, on Flickr
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How much does it cost to program a key fob?

Car Make/ModelPrice Paid to Program the Fob Only
Chevy Impala$35
Dodge Journey$60
Dodge Ram$50
Ford Explorer$75
Ford Focus$65
Kia Forte$45
Kia Sorento$98
MINI Cooper$55
Nissan Altima$40
Toyota Corolla$73

NOTE:  These were the estimates for the programming labor ONLY and didn’t include the key.

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  1. Patrick Hudson (eastgate ,  Ohio) paid $2 and said:

    Lost 2 nissan keys and the car is down the street from the dealer….have 2 keys that need programmed

    Was it worth it? Yes

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