Thursday, September 19, 2013

Vehicle Remote Not Working?

When is the last time you opened your vehicle doors the old fashioned way? 
You know sticking the key in the door lock and turning it, if you are like me the answer is probably never. 

Just about all cars on the road today come equipped with a remote 

either inside the key or separately that operates the doors, alarm and trunk. And since it adds such ease of use to getting inside your vehicle it is obvious why no one uses their door locks anymore. But just like everything that is used everyday your remote for your vehicle can wear out, the buttons no longer work, the battery died or it breaks. After a few days of not being able to unlock your doors as you are walking up to your vehicle,  pop you trunk when your hands are full or lock your doors from across the parking lot you will see just how dependent you are on your vehicle remote.

When your remote stops working you have a few choices on how to get it fixed, you can go online and look for a replacement (just be warned vehicle  remotes need to be programmed to your vehicle before they will work), take the remote to the dealership (and over pay), go without the remote and open your doors like everyone did “back in the day” or you can call your local locksmith and have them come right out to where you are and provide you with a new remote and program it to your vehicle. 

If you opt for replacing the remote yourself then you should check out this website, it gives you the instructions on how to program the remote but just remember vehicles are run on computers and it is usually best to leave this type of delicate work up to the professionals. 

Dealerships are not always the best option, most of the time they will not have the remote in stock meaning they will have to order it for you which usually can take a few days. Once they receive the remote they will need you to come back in with the vehicle so they can program it to your vehicle this can be quite a hassle and also very expensive. 

The best option available is to call your local locksmith, they always have a huge stock of various remotes and are able to come right out to your location and program the remote right there on site. The prices are very reasonable also usually ranging between $ 65- $ 135 depending on the type of vehicle you have. Since locksmiths are always available 24 hours a day 7 days a week you can get the ease of use of unlocking your vehicle in a few minutes.


  1. When I hire a locksmith I always get his credentials and if he charges too much I look him up. I have a security system installed in my home. I also have a simple deadbolt lock. San Francisco ca

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