Most cars don’t need the actual key to open them anymore. We now have the convenience of being able to click a button on a key fob so that we can open our cars from a distance. This saves us from fumbling around in the rain trying to get the key in the lock. It’s a great convenience, but do you know what to do if your car key fob stops working?
You’ll likely still be able to open your car door with the actual metal key part, but you’ll want to get back to the convenience of simply clicking a button as soon as you can. So, the question is, should you repair or replace your key fob when it stops working? Let’s compare these two options to help you decide.
Key fob replacement
Replacing your car key fob isn’t as simple as just buying a new one for your car since it needs programming to work with your car only. According to Consumer Reports, you’ll likely pay somewhere between $100-$500 to replace your key fob and have it programmed to work with your car. Rarer and more luxury cars will be on the more expensive end of the scale.
You can get a replacement fob from your car dealership, but it is usually cheaper to visit a professional locksmith for car key replacement instead. We have experience with a wide range of makes and models of cars, so we can expertly program your key fob for you.
Key fob repair
Having your key fob repaired instead of replaced can be a more affordable option. Take your key fob to an automotive locksmith and they’ll be able to assess what the problem is and whether it can be repaired. It could be as simple as needing new batteries, which a locksmith can take care of easily and cheaply for you.
If this isn’t the problem, then it might be the electronics or circuitry that needs repairing. Whatever the issue is, it will almost always be cheaper than replacing the fob. But in some cases, the key fob may be beyond repair or likely to need repairing again in the near future, in which case replacing is a better option.
Whichever option you decide is best for you, JB’s Lock and Key can help you get your key fob back in proper working order. Get in touch with us if you need car key replacement or repair around Winston Salem, High Point, Lexington, and surrounding areas.