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How to Change your Key Fob Battery

Kinds of key fobs

There are quite a few types of key fobs in the market today. The most common today is the switchblade or flip-style key fob, this one gives you the ability to hide the key when it is not in use. Key fobs range from aftermarket fobs to key fobs to ones that link directly to the Vin of your car, to the keyless fob. Key Fobs are getting more technologically advanced as time goes on. Some have remote start; some can summon your car and even park it!

How often do the batteries need to be changed?

For most key fobs the batteries last 3-4 years. Sometimes key fobs die without warning but usually, they start with not locking or unlocking the car with a single push of the button and build to it taking multiple tries to open or lock your car.

Depending on the type of key fob you have you may be able to change the battery on your own with the battery size for your fob and a small screwdriver and the help of YouTube. If that sounds tedious the good news is that We can do it for you!

Replacement and Reprogramming

Some key fob batteries cannot be replaced and the cost to replace and reprogram them ranges from $150- $2000. Most cost $250-$600.  Car dealerships and sometimes locksmiths can do this. We recommend getting a key finder as while some keys have GPS you will not be able to use this feature to find your key.

Has the Battery died for your key fob?

You should still be able to access and start your car. Even if you do not or have ever used the key for your car, if you have a keyhole in your car doors, you have a key. The key might be hidden in your key fob.

Why we recommend a key finder: A short story.

We were out of state and lost our keys to our Chevrolet Equinox. This happened the day we were going to leave. We ended up having to stay an extra night and it cost us over $700 to get a key cut and reprogrammed (just for the key, not the added hotel stay). Needless to say, I ordered a pair (one for me and one for my other half) of Tile key finders to avoid another costly key-related fiasco. 


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