When a second-hand car owner in Long Beach, CA, needed a key fob replacement, they contacted Sherman Oaks Lock and Safe. They recently purchased a used BMW with a key fob that intermittently fails to open the car’s trunk. They decided to go online because it was too expensive to buy a replacement from the dealership. They also thought an extra key fob would be helpful because some family members would be sharing the car. We reprogrammed the existing BMW key fob, which sorted out its previous issue. We also supplied a compatible model programmable to work with their specific car model. They were pleased with our BMW key replacement, stating it was a much more cost-effective option.
If you need a new set of keys for your BMW, the process is now more complicated than it used to be. Before, you could bring your key to a nearby key cutter and have duplicates made while you waited. Modern remote keys, however, have additional security features that make them harder to duplicate. Most often, you would need to purchase a new key and have it reprogrammed at a dealership or locksmith. Unfortunately, there are cases where the only option is to buy the key from the dealership. But if you have no problem using a non-OEM key, you can get a programmable key fob instead.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to car key fobs. Many modern key fobs are expensive, and even basic models may need special programming with computer software that only a dealership can access. Though the repair will only take a few minutes to replace, it can quickly become expensive. Consumer Reports said the replacement cost of the most recent key fobs could range from $50 to $400, depending on the brand. In such a case, BMW dealers charge roughly $500 to replace and program one.
Because of the costly programming equipment, an authorized dealership is usually your best bet when you need a replacement key fob. That is especially true if your vehicle was manufactured in the last five years. Because the digital key encryption is only programmable by the manufacturer in a few select outlets in North America, owners of European cars are most often required to visit a dealer.
Some specialty locksmiths may program specific key fobs, such as those of BMW vehicles. However, they will certainly need a second working fob to do that. On the other hand, online sites advertising programmed remotes shipped to your door may not be trustworthy. So please be wise and careful when you shop online unless they request ownership verification.
At Sherman Oaks Lock and Safe, our client's ownership and security are guaranteed. We will not program a key fob unless you come in and show proof of ownership or registration. This security measure is to your benefit because it prevents a would-be thief from writing down your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and obtaining a new key fob from a dealer.
Some car dealers may tell you that you cannot duplicate your key fob. While they may be correct if this is a key that came with a leased or rented vehicle, you should be able to duplicate it unless it is registered to the manufacturer. Furthermore, programming a new key fob is not a difficult task. You can take it to a dealership or hire someone with enough experience. At Sherman Oaks Lock and Safe, our car locksmiths are familiar enough with the process to have your new key programmed in no time.
Are you looking for a reliable BMW key fob replacement service? Sherman Oaks Lock and Safe is the go-to source for all your lock and key needs. We offer a wide selection of products and services, all backed by our unbeatable customer service. We also program replacement BMW key fobs so that you can find the perfect one for your needs. In addition to key fob replacements, we also offer a wide range of other locksmith services, including installing and repairing locks, security systems, and more. Contact us today at (818) 817-8008 for more information.