Getting a new key fob is a nerve-wracking process, and you
always wonder if you are getting the right fob. Unfortunately, on top of that,
many key fob programming instructions
are complicated. Some even prohibit you
from doing it yourself. This instruction guide will help you determine what you
can do with your key fob programming to avoid paying a hefty bill.
Option 1: Your Owner’s Manual
When your new key fob
arrives, your first stop should be
your car’s owner’s manual. There should be a section on key fob programming
instructions. In some cases, these instructions consist of telling you to take
your car into a dealership.
In other cases, the manual will give you the key fob
programming instructions. These are called self-programming key fob
/car pairs. If
you have patience, you can follow these key fob programming instructions. Then
you do not need to pay anyone to pair your new key fob programming to your car.
Typically, key fob self-programming instructions require a
complex series of maneuvers that you must complete within a specified time.
These actions may take you a few tries, but not needing to outsource your key
fob programming is worth the trial on your patience.
Option 2: The Locksmith
While you may associate locksmiths with opening your car
when you lock your keys inside, their use goes far beyond that. These
professionals may be able to save you significant amounts of money if your
favorite shop has the proper equipment.
may be able to complete the key fob programming
if he or she has the right equipment on hand. This will vary significantly
based on your car make, model, and year. Make sure you have that information in
front of you while you are calling around.
Option 3: Mechanics
A mechanics shop may also have the equipment you need for
professional key fob programming. These professionals tend to be jacks of all
trades and car
, so it’s worth asking around about. This route may cost you more than
If possible, check with your regular mechanic first. Since
you are a loyal customer there, the shop may give you a discount on your key
Option 4: Dealership
The last option you should consider is the dealership. You
know the dealerships can follow the professional key fob programming
instructions since the company wrote them. However, this route is the most
expensive option on the list.
Dealerships will charge you their marked-up fees for the
duration it takes the mechanics to set up your new key fob programming.
Additionally, many of the dealerships will cost you more if you do not buy a
key fob from them. It’s part of the business, unfortunately.