What the Dealership Doesn’t Want You to Know About Your Key Fob
Technology. It’s an amazing thing, but it’s always changing. Those who use the latest technology tend to enjoy more conveniences and fun in life, whether we’re talking about the latest phone model or your car keys.
In fact, more car manufacturers are embracing the benefits of remote technology as it has improved and become more popular. More and more, they are crafting vehicles with key fobs that can unlock vehicles remotely.
But dealerships don’t want you to know too much about your options. Let’s discuss what you need to know, whether it’s legal to make a new key fob without the dealer’s permission and whether you can use an auto locksmith to create or duplicate a key fob.
What You Need to Know About Key Fobs
With a key fob, the owner can simply press a button to open the door, and many have a feature that lets you press a button remotely to start the car.
Unfortunately, if a car owner misplaces his or her key fob, or wants to make an extra copy, the dealership may claim that they have proprietary rights over the device. As such, only they can make a copy and program it, which comes with an absurd fee.
While creating a new key fob—as well as programming it to work with your car—may require the assistance of a professional, a skilled locksmith can aid you with this effort for less money and without requiring you to head back to the dealership for help.
Is It Legal to Make A New Key Fob?
First off, is this even legal? Some dealers may assert that creating a new key fob is against the law if this task is not performed by a licensed operator. While this may be the case with a leased or rented car, it is within your rights to make as many copies as you would like with a vehicle you completely own.
Can You Use a Locksmith for a Key Fob?
Getting a key fob programmed to operate with your car is not an extensive task. While you should not attempt to make a copy yourself, a professional locksmith can help you create a new key fob in relatively short order.
If you have lost the key fob to your new car, or you would like a new one made to give to a friend or a family member, don’t head back to the dealership. Instead, reach out to the auto security professionals at A-1 Locksmith today. We have experience programming all types of key fobs, and we have been offering our expertise to residents of DFW for more than 65 years. Our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau speaks volumes.
Call us today at (972) 284-7500 to learn how we can help you with your car keys and key fobs.Back to Blog