Many of the new cars on the market these days have a keyless entry system and when you need to enter your car you grab your fob to get into it. If you happen to lose your fob for any reason, it can be a major inconvenience. A locksmith is able to handle all of the steps required to replace a key fob. They can provide you with a new one and then program it for you. It makes a lot of sense to use a locksmith when you need a replacement fob and want it quickly at a reasonable price.
How Fobs Work?
A fob is a remote that works wirelessly and interacts with your car electronics. You can open your car doors and the trunk with it and in some cases, it will even start your car for you. Often the mechanical key is attached to the fob while at other times it is separate and on its own. It’s safe to say that losing a fob means that you have probably also lost a key along with it.
How To Replace a Fob?
Most people automatically think that they need to visit their local car dealership in order to replace the fob for their vehicle. It is true that you can get a replacement there but you’ll need to be prepared to dig deep into your pockets to pay for one. When you choose a Phoenix locksmith instead you’ll end up saving a lot of money and get a replacement that equals the quality of a fob that you would get at a dealer.
A locksmith has the expertise to program the fob to the unique signal code of your vehicle. As well, if you’re stuck somewhere and can’t make it to a dealer, the locksmith can come to you.
The process will be different for every type of vehicle. In order to program the replacement, the car, truck or SUV must be present. You must have an unprogrammed fob because the majority of fobs can only work on the first car that they have been programmed for. If you try to make a fob blank it still won’t work.
Both the car and the fob need to be present so that the programming can be a success. In some cases, the locksmith technicians will need to access the diagnostics port on the car. Reputable locksmiths have the same knowledge that the dealerships have regarding fob replacements.
When you choose a locksmith you won’t have to worry about long lineups at the dealership or making an appointment for next week. No matter what type of process is required to replace the fob, it only takes a locksmith approximately 10 to 20 minutes to get it done. You can be on your way with the new fob in no time at all and if you require a second one as a backup just ask your locksmith to make an extra one while he’s there.