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How Do I Get a Replacement Key Fob?

Batteries Plus Blog - Tech - by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 4/27/2021

Hand holding a key fob

Key fobs come in many different shapes and styles, ranging from flip keys and fobiks to smart remotes. They're super convenient, but what do you do when your key fob goes bad? Keep reading for answers to your key fob related questions and find out how you can save money and time with Batteries Plus’ key fob replacement service.

How Long Do Key Fobs Last?

As with any battery, the one in your car's fob or remote will occasionally need to be replaced. Typically, a car fob battery should last between three and four years. Additionally, there are a number of signs that will tell you when your fob battery is dying.

The first sign is reduced signal strength. Most modern fobs can send a signal to your vehicle from up to 50 feet away. As your battery wears out though, both the range and signal strength will be reduced. If you find yourself having to repeatedly push buttons to lock and unlock doors, that's another sign that your key fob battery needs to be replaced.

Do Key Fobs Go Bad?

In addition to battery issues, the physical remote itself will sometimes experience problems. Two of most common points of failure are the battery terminal contacts and the buttons themselves, which can become misaligned or can wear out over time. The fob’s shell is also susceptible to damage. If you have a cracked shell, it may cause a misaligned battery connection. Fortunately, all of these issues can be fixed by replacing your damaged fob with a replacement model.

Batteries Plus Offers Key Fob Battery Replacement and Programming

Where should you go when you need a new fob or a battery replaced? Most people go to their dealership for this service. Unfortunately, with dealerships it usually takes weeks to get your replacement fob, plus it can cost as much as several hundred dollars depending on your vehicle.

Batteries Plus performs these same services for much faster and cheaper. Our experts will help you determine why your current fob isn't working and provide you with the most cost-effective solution. Replacing a fob battery takes as little as a few minutes. We also offer a lifetime battery replacement option that lasts for the life of your vehicle.

How Much Does It Cost to Program a Key Fob?

On average, our customers end up saving up to 50% off what dealerships charge. We'll also have your new fob ready for you in about an hour and all of our key fob services are covered by a six-month warranty.

Visit us online to find the right fob for your model car or truck. Looking for additional auto products and services? Find everything you need at our automotive center, including car battery replacement service, headlight bulbs and more.

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