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4 Things That Affect a Key Fob Replacement Cost and How to Keep It to a Minimum

Today's modern vehicles are equipped with transponders and key fobs that facilitate an owner's ability to operate their vehicle. At first, this might seem like much to do about nothing, but the key fob can serve as a handy tool when it comes to giving a driver the ability to connect with their vehicle.

Even though a key fob is an integral part of any modern vehicle, this does not mean a fob won't end up damaged or lost. When a key fob is lost or damaged, by hiring a locksmith, an owner has the assurance that the fob will work correctly. Getting a key fob from an auto dealership is usually a very expensive proposition. What follows are four things that most often affect the price of replacing a key fob and how to keep that cost to a minimum.

The Price of Parts

Just as is the case of so many other things, the cost of parts is a biggest part of the final price tag in replacing a key fob. When trying to replace a key fob, many people don't stop to consider that a fob and a traditional key are not the same things.

To replace a key fob, the price covers the casing, wiring, batteries, and the time of the technician that must program the device. The price associated with these are most often determined by the car's model and make.

Where the Key Fob is Replaced

When it comes to having a key fob replaced, there are many avenues an owner can take to get the work done. The fact that you are reading this shows you are on the right track. The most important key (pun intended) to keeping the replacement costs low is to get the fob replaced close to where you are. After all, travel time is worth something to any workman, including a locksmith.

The Key Fob Replacement Type

Another critical issue that many people overlook when considering how to replace their key fob is the vehicle in question. Car owners should be aware that not all key fobs are made the same. Naturally, this can mean that the cost of a fob replacement will be differ.

It is one thing to replace some batteries in a key fob, but it is entirely different from replacing the entire fob. The idea of a key fob is to enhance connectivity, not just to open a door. This is why it is a good idea to have a professional do the work.


A person's time to replace a key fob is also an essential part of the replacement cost. This is made even more complicated by the fob's nature since, in some cases, fobs require more programming time than others.

Anyone who decides that replacing a key fob themselves is worth the investment might think otherwise after they start doing it. After you take the time to read the instructions and do the work, you might decide that it is a worthwhile investment to have a locksmith do the job.

Replacing a key fob isn't rocket science, but it is considerably more complicated than most people give it credit for. If you happen to have a knack for little fix-it jobs, you might very well be able to save yourself some money by programming your key fob. On the other hand, key fobs aren't the average project a homeowner takes care of, and there are tricks to it, so you might find out that paying a locksmith to replace a key fob could be money well spent.


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