Frequently Asked Questions

What does a key fob do?

A fob for keys is a hand-held device that controls many of the electronic functions of your car.

For example, the fob can lock and open your doors as well as start your car.

Some fobs are advanced to the point where you can just push a button to start the car without ever actually touching it.

It is most often part of a mechanical key set or can be a separate device made from hard plastic.

You simply push a button when you want your fob to perform a function.

It's inconvenient and unsafe to lose a fob or have it break.

Drivers depend on their fobs a lot these days.

This makes losing one a real hassle.

If that happens to you, just call us at any time of the day or night for immediate help.

Once a locksmith arrives at your location, he or she will learn about the specifications for your car in order to match it to a new key fob.

Our locksmiths have many years of experience handling each step required to replace a fob.

We understand that no one wants to be without the key fob for their car.

Next, they program the key fob and test it to make sure it works as expected.

Being without your key fob can be inconvenient and unsafe.

Can you program my fob too?

It's better than going to a dealership because we offer the same expert services, have extensive knowledge about vehicle security, and charge much less.

Every one of our locksmith technicians has several years of combined education and experience to program both manual and electric fobs.

Will you be able to program my fob?

Each one of our locksmiths has undergone extensive training and carries the necessary tools to program any type of key fob.

This includes those that run entirely on electricity.

After programming your new fob, they can also deprogram the key set you have now to ensure that your car's computer works with the right information.

Is replacing a fob difficult?

Too many variables are at play to answer a simple yes or no to this question.

We're available to help you whenever you find yourself in need of our services.

How hard is it to replace a key fob?

It's easier to do when you only need an unbranded and general fob, but we have no problem replacing a factory-made fob as well.

We can usually locate a new fob fairly quickly.

This is especially true when you can use a general fob and don't need a specific brand.

Not necessarily, but keep in mind it won't be possible to do this with all types of vehicles.

The first thing you need to do is locate a blank remote.

Should I try to program a fob myself?

Be certain that the fob you find is blank or your programming efforts will fail.

You would need to find a blank remote in addition to the programming instructions for the fob.

Keep in mind it won't work right unless it's blank and no one attempted to program it previously.

Rather than go through this aggravation, just call us and have us do the work from the very beginning.

You can save yourself this type of aggravation by contacting our company at the start of the project.

Another potential drawback to programming your own fob is that some methods of self-instruction require you to have extra keys available for your car already.

What options do I have to replace a key fob?

Your options include working with us, bringing your key fob to a dealer, or completing the work yourself.

A dealership employee can program it for you, but it will likely cost you much more than either of your other options.

If you take your fob to a dealership, don't be surprised when the cost is significantly higher than what we would charge you.

It's unfortunate, but some dealerships see your desperate need to fix the problem as an opportunity to charge as much as possible.

Most dealerships will sell you the fob you need as well as program it.

The choice to self-program a fob isn't available with every type of vehicle.

Before you can attempt self-programming, you need to locate a replacement fob and read the instructions accompanying it very carefully.

However, you should know that this won't be an option for every make and model of vehicle.

This option usually costs less upfront but could cost you more over time.

For example, you may need to call a mobile locksmith in the future to undo any damage you created with the fob due to not having any experience programming them.

We typically quote a job time ranging from 10 to 20 minutes.

However, this isn't an absolute.

Most jobs take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete, but it could be more or less depending on the number and complexity of the steps we need to follow to program your fob.

In the event that our locksmiths don't need to access your car's diagnostic portal, the total time for replacement is typically less.

Situations that can drive the time estimate up are when we need to cut or deprogram a key.

However, our technicians respect your time and will always work as quickly as possible while still providing excellent service.

Rest assured, we will never hurry through a job at the expense of quality or safety.

Do you need my car to be there when you're working on programming my fob?

Yes, we would appreciate this as we are unable to make a fob replacement unless your vehicle is right there.

We need to create the key with your car nearby for testing.

This is the best way for us to make sure that the programming we just completed works as expected.

We do understand that your car may not be drivable, so we are happy to come to your location to complete programming of your fob.

We will send a technician to you immediately, day or night.

If you're stranded because of your car lock problem, please locate a safe location to wait until we arrive.

Replacing the fob of your car can be time-consuming when you assume that you need to figure out how to do it yourself because it's hard to trust others with your car.

Many of our staff have experienced damage such as dents and scratches when leaving their vehicle for repair.

That will never happen to a customer.

Not only are we highly skilled and use the most state-of-the art equipment, but we believe in treating your property the same way we would treat our own.

Our locksmiths take pride in their job and feel a deep satisfaction from helping customers when they're in a bad situation.

Naturally, no car can start when the keys don't work as they should.

It's rewarding to turn anxiety into a smile and send people back to what they were doing before the key fob of their car required repair or replacement.

We promise to have someone on their way to your location within minutes 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

We always work with the specifications for your vehicle and key to make sure that we do the work exactly right.

Our company is pleased to offer the following types of key services:

  • VAT system keys
  • Remote keys
  • Car keys
  • High security keys
  • High security keys
  • Programming Fob keys

Sometimes replacing a key to a vehicle isn't as simple as you would expect.

At the same time, you need the correct key fob for your car to work as expected and to ensure that you remain safe in or near your vehicle.

We will dispatch a locksmith who will promptly assist you in making a new key.

Our locksmiths can make you a perfect spare key while they are at your location, in just minutes.

After creating your new key, our locksmith technician will insert it into your car locks or ignition to make sure everything works correctly.

We are also happy to provide you with key fob maintenance tips so you don't have to call for emergency service again any time soon.

You can tell when the person who responds to your call is not a mobile locksmith if he or she doesn't do this.

Our company requires service employees to inspect each lock personally and use the specifications of the lock to create its replacement.

We do all of this promptly as you wait. Our locksmith technicians understand its no fun being stranded and we will get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

Do you need emergency key fob repair or replacement? Would you like a free quote with no follow-up obligation? If so, be sure to call our company as soon as you can.