When you purchase a key fob online, it is not going to magically
start working with your car. You will have to program it to your vehicle. How
do you do that? Well, depending on what type of vehicle you have, you can
either program the remote yourself or you will have to get it professionally
First let’s find out if your vehicle is capable of
1) Check your owner’s manual. There is usually a
section on keyless entry or key fob that will let you know if your key fob is
self-programmable. The instructions are even
printed here sometimes
2) Visit our
programming instructions page and search for your vehicles programming procedures.
3) Or finally you can call your local dealership, ask for
service, then ask them if your key fob has self-programming instructions and if
they will email or fax them or if you can just swing by and pick them up.
4) If your vehicle is self-programmable, just follow the key
fob programming instructions and your set. Be patient, the programming
procedure can be frustrating. Some are easier than others. It’s all
about timing. If you are having trouble, step away for a while and come
back to it later.
Professional Key Fob Programming:
1) Call a local locksmith; they can usually program a key
fob significantly cheaper. Average price for programming a key fob is
about $60. If your key fob and metal ignition key is one unit, these can
be about $90 to program because you must program both the remote and the metal
key (transponder chip) to the vehicle, so it is two steps
instead of one.
2) Try your mechanic. They sometimes have the
equipment needed to do key fob programming and they might even hook you up for
free if you are a good customer.