Car keys have become complex electronic devices, and replacing one is no longer a fast, cheap trip to the hardware store. My brother-in-law found this out the hard way. While at Lake Conroe, he forgot that his keys to his truck were in his pocket when he jumped in the water for a ski. The expense of a replacement: $593.00 Car key replacement cost can be high. However, if you call ReKey Xpress Locksmith, we can save you quite a bit of money over dealership prices.
Like most new vehicles, his truck uses a proximity key that unlocks it when you approach the door handle and allows you to start it by pressing on a button on the dash. But even less complex keys do not come cheap. If you have lost car keys but don’t need the key immediately, one way to save is to set an appointment with ReKey Xpress Locksmith at our office. A Honda dealer, for instance, told us it would cost $300 to replace the remote head key on a 2009 Accord. If you just need a key copy of a remote head key for that vehicle, we can provide a cut and programmed key for less than half that cost. If you need a car key made without the original key, it will cost a bit more but we can almost always save you substantially over dealership prices.
Most ignition keys have a transponder that electronically communicates with the vehicle to prevent theft; the car won’t start if the key is not programmed to communicate with the immobilizer. The systems also include a separate or integrated fob with switches for locking and unlocking the doors. If you lose your key and fob, you can anticipate a dealer programming and replacement to cost $300 or more, depending upon the automobile and the key’s design. A customer of ours lost their car keys. The Lexus dealer quoted $474 for a new key, fob, and programming. We were able to provide a proximity key for them for only $279.00. Depending on the make and model, you might even be able to do the programming yourself, saving additional money. Directions and videos can frequently be found on the internet. Try searching for your vehicle along with the words “programming” If replacing the battery doesn’t help, you might need to replace the fob’s electronics.
Another common problem is when the buttons onto your fob stop working but the key starts the vehicle. First try replacing the fob’s battery. They are frequently offered at drugstores for under $10. Look for a little twist or a slot along the fob’s seam at which it could be pried open to get the battery. Take note of any distinguishing numbers and choose the old battery with you to the shop. If you need cheap car key replacement or want to know how much to get a key made for your car, give us a call.