What Is a Key Fob?

What Does "Key Fob" Stand For?

There is no definitive acronym definition for FOB. There are a few theories:

• The word fob is believed to have originated from watch fobs, which existed as early as 1888. The fob refers to an ornament attached to a pocket-watch chain.
• The origin of the term “fob” as in “key fob” goes back to either Middle English fobben, or German Fuppe (pocket) or the German foppen meaning sneak-proof.
• Free on Board or Freight on Board (FOB), is a common retail shipping term used to indicate who is responsible for paying transportation charges.

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A key fob is quite possibly the most technologically advanced and important accessory that can be attached to your keychain. Able to fit in the palm of the hand and lock and unlock a vehicle at the touch of a button, key fobs are a huge convenience for car owners.

While the primary function of a key fob is to control the remote-entry system of the vehicle, more advanced devices are able to control other functions, such as:

  • Starting the vehicle ignition remotely
  • Disarming and arming the vehicle security system
  • Popping the latch on the trunk
  • Activating a panic alarm
  • Automatic window control

Solving the Big Security Problem

Security is a big issue for car owners and car theft is a huge problem across the U.S., especially with highly desirable vehicles such as sports cars and high-end SUVs. Remote keyless entry systems will only allow access to a vehicle if the right key fob is presented and are an effective deterrent against motor vehicle theft. However, this advanced security can often backfire on owners if they are not careful. Quite simply, if you don't have your key fob with you, then you will not be granted access to your vehicle. Key fobs offer good reassurance, but they also need to be looked after.

I Lost My Car Keys - What Can I Do?

One of the best things about your key fob is that it is unique to your vehicle. Nobody else's key fob will work with your vehicle and your key fob will not gain access to anybody else's vehicle. Each fob operates on its own unique code. This is great for security, but not so great if you need a key fob replacement or a spare key fob. Without the right fob, your keyless entry remote will simply refuse to work - not good when you need to get to work or pick the kids up from school.

If you find yourself in this predicament or you simply want the peace of mind that owning a spare key fob can bring, we can help. We offer local key fob programming and key cutting services in Omaha and will have you back on the road in no time.

How Much Does a Replacement Key Fob Cost?

The cost of replacing your key fob will largely be determined on the make and model of your vehicle. For example, the cost of a car remote for a 2017 Ford Mustang will cost $100, while a key fob replacement for a 1994 Ford Mustang will cost just $15.77. Key fob technology has evolved through the years and our prices reflect the many advances in keyless-entry technology while still offering great value for money.
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Don't Be Without a Spare

Key fobs are one of life's necessities that we often take for granted. They are always in our pocket or purse and you probably use yours without even thinking about it. Just take a minute to think about what you would do if your key fob suddenly stopped working or if you lost your only copy. A spare key fob makes so much sense and will ensure you always have access to your vehicle, even if you lose your master copy.

Your Local Key Fob Experts

If you find yourself with a faulty key fob or you need to arrange for a spare key fob, get in touch with our team today to find out more about our services. We also offer a Lifetime Protection Plan that protects any key fob purchase you make with us for as long as you own your vehicle.



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