Locksmith Key Fob Replacement
Where can I get key fob replacement parts?
The more popular car brands may have third-party unbranded replacements (patent-breaker keys). Luxury car brands such as BMW and Audi will have stricter control over these parts, and for newer models may only sell parts to licensed dealers. But in most cases, a Washington DC locksmith will have access to car key fob replacement parts.
Can I program my car key fob myself?
The days of being able to program a key yourself with a sequence of button clicks are almost entirely in the past. Most keyless ignition fobs require specialty equipment to program. These devices plug into the vehicle’s onboard diagnostic port (the car’s computer). The more intensive programming can be done by the dealership or a car locksmith in Washington DC.
How long does it take to program a key fob?
The average time it takes to program a new car key fob is fifteen to twenty minutes. Most of the time will be removing and reinstalling dashboard cover panels for the port. And many car models have a built-in wait time for all programming procedures as an anti-theft measure.
What is the cheapest way to replace car key fobs?
The least expensive way to go about car key fob replacement in Washington DC is to hire a locksmith. You are going to save money compared to what it would cost to have the work done from the dealership. And you are removing the risk of getting bad aftermarket electronic car keys (which will cost time and money).
Can a locksmith make new car key fobs?
A quality Washington DC locksmith will let you know when you call whether or not they can service your vehicle based on its brand, model, and year.
There are some limitations locksmiths may have for car key fob replacement. But as long as the car locksmith you call has invested in the proper equipment and unprogrammed fobs, they will be able to handle the full replacement process.
Do I need a new physical key when I get key fob replacement?
Most key fobs still have a compartment for a physical key that you can use to open and lock doors. But this can be retained when you change out the fob you are using. If you have to duplicate car keys, you don’t necessarily need to duplicate the physical blade as well.
Programming Keyless Ignition Remotes
As opposed to the traditional car key cutting, which most people think of when they picture car key replacement, fobs only require programming. For the most part, programming car key fobs is going to demand a working spare for self-serve duplication. Everything else will require a locksmith.
A locksmith key fob replacement service can program a fob without a spare. And if you are looking for a Washington DC locksmith for a new key fob, look no further than Key Man Locksmith. We can come to you at a moment’s notice, or you can make an appointment, choosing the time and place for your greatest convenience.
The problem you will run into with programming car key fob is similar to higher-end transponder key programming. That is to say some automotive manufacturers protect their programming devices and unprogrammed key fobs. And even with minor restrictions, not every locksmith in Washington DC will go through the required effort to get parts and equipment.
In the few cases where the car manufacturer does not give access to third-party companies, the dealership will be your only source for key fob replacement. However, it is always a good idea to reach out to a trusted local locksmith to see if they can offer a better price.
New Car Key Fobs
You also have to consider the convenience of hiring a locksmith for key fob replacement. When you are in the market for a key fob, it can be difficult to sort through which fob you need. Should you purchase something on the aftermarket? Will the used key fob work?
A reputable locksmith in Washington DC will guarantee the new key fob you purchase is programmable. We have to be accountable because we are responsible for key fob programming. A similar amount of onus is not placed on an online key retailer.
Similar to programming, most of the time, a locksmith will still be able to procure your new key fob and program it, but heavily protected newer luxury vehicles will need the dealership for the key fob replacement. Restrictions are pitched as a security feature, but it ultimately creates a monopoly for key fob replacement that prevents competitive pricing.
But do not take the dealership’s word that they are the only ones who can make you a new car key. Whether it is due to ignorance or a strong-arm sales tactic, the fact of the matter is the dealership will mislead you about your option for new car key fobs. Look into whether a Washington DC locksmith can help with your key fob replacement.