If you have been driving around town or searching online trying to find the correct replacement keyless entry key fob or batteries for your vehicle this article may be of some help. Pete is a car guy and knows all things cars. The first thing he will always tell you is stay away from the dealership parts counter unless you absolutely have to because the part you need is only available there. Otherwise you will usually pay 100 to 300% more for the part or item in question. How do you think they can afford that big beautiful showroom and great commercial location.
Whatever the issue is with your car, truck or SUV key fob Pete can help you solve it.
If it was lost, stolen, or fell overboard you will need to know the Year, Make and Model of your car, truck or SUV to determine the correct replacement. Once you have that information you can go to Pete’s Keyless Entry Key Fob Remotes for Cars Trucks and Suvs category and look for the one you will need.
Now if you haven’t lost the key fob remote and it just is not working correctly or at all. First open it up and see what size Key Fob Batteries are in it. Pete recommends first trying to replace the batteries for only a few dollars vs buying a new remote right away for alot more money. Worst case scenario you will now have an extra set of new key fob batteries for your new remote. Being they are all lithium type batteries they have a 10 year shelf life so no worries of them going bad until you get around to using them.
Best case scenario it was the key fob batteries that where bad or dead and now you are up and running again for just a few bucks. It pays to do a little research and learn about something vs just throwing money at a problem.
There are a few ways to determine the year, make and model of your vehicle.
- Write down or take a picture of your cars vin number (VIN = Vehicle Identification Number) – Then you can go to a very well known car insurance website like Hagerty.com to stick your vin number into the vehicle search database to get the specifics of your car, truck or SUV.
- You can look inside the drivers side door jamb and it should have a little sticker there with vehicle specifics… ( The older the car the less likely it is still there – or if the vehicle had a re-paint)
- Look in the glove box or where ever you would keep the vehicles insurance and registration papers. Almost 100% of the time you can pull the correct vehicle information off either papers.
Now with that information you will be able to narrow down your search tremendously. Now you can checkout all the different Keyless Entry Remotes available for your vehicle make and based on the model and options of your vehicle you will be able to compare product pictures to find the correct one.
Finally you found what you needed… and for far less than what you where quoted at the dealership I will be willing to bet. Once you receive the Key Fob Remote you will need to put the new batteries in it. Some companies offer the remote with new batteries others do not. Pete always throws in a new set of Energizer key Fob Batteries with every remote.
Anyhow, you will need to contact the dealer of your vehicle make for instructions of how to re-program the car to use the new remote. Usually a good lock smith also knows the procedure. Which will vary from car to car and manufacturer.
Hopefully this was helpful for you to diagnose your keyless entry keyfob remote or determine the right replacement battery or the right replacement remote.