Sherman Oaks Lock & Safe was contacted by a car owner in Toluca Lake, CA, who needed a replacement key fob. Despite the pristine condition of their BMW key fob, they wanted an extra copy just in case something happened to the first one. After discussing the options with them, we found a compatible key fob for their car model and did key fob programming. The replacement key fob worked perfectly, and the client was very happy with the results. Not to mention, it was way less expensive than getting an extra key fob from the dealership.
As the world slowly starts to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, many industries are still struggling with shortages of vital materials. One such sector is the auto industry, which is having trouble meeting demand because of the ongoing global deficiencies of computer chips. As a result, many buyers of new vehicles only receive a single key fob. Furthermore, buyers of used cars typically receive only one key because the seller (previous owner) failed to surrender the other key during the buying transaction.
Have you caused your family stress by persistently guarding your only car key fob? Do you worry about leaving your key fob somewhere you will not be able to find it? Every vehicle owner should keep a spare key (or several) in case one is lost. For safety, it is a wise decision that your trusted family members have access to a spare key in case of an emergency. Do not wait for a crisis to happen before creating a backup plan.
There are plenty of reasons to have a second car key fob. Here are just a few situations where it can come in handy.
Lockouts: If you are worried about getting locked out of your car, why not keep a spare key fob at home? That way, if you accidentally lock yourself out, you can avoid the cost of calling an automotive locksmith.
Shared Vehicle: If you share your vehicle with others, it is much more convenient to have two car key fobs instead of just one. It saves time and prevents the hassle of trying to keep track of who had the key fob last.
Lost Primary Key Fob: It is always a good idea to have a backup plan in case your primary key fob is lost or stolen. Having a second key fob on hand will save you the hassle and expense of having to replace it right away.
Reselling Vehicle: There are a few things you may do if you want to sell your car and get the highest price. Trading it at a dealership is one way to accomplish this, but they often ask for a duplicate key or remote control.
You have some options when it comes to replacing your key fob.
Auto Locksmith: Since an auto locksmith will have the tools necessary to replace all key types and most vehicle manufacturer models, this is usually the least-priced option.
Car Insurance Provider: Insurance policies may not always cover car keys. So whether yours does or not will depend on the terms and conditions, which may vary from insurance company to insurance company.
Car Dealership: Going to your automobile dealership may be the most expensive and time-consuming alternative because, unlike an auto locksmith, they may not have all the specialized tools on hand. It may also be inconvenient since they cannot come to service you.
Online: Many websites duplicate electronic key fobs for a living. Make sure to compare price packages and read client testimonials to find the business that best meets your timeline and budget.
Sherman Oaks Lock & Safe is your go-to source for automotive locksmith service. We offer a variety of products and services to fit your needs, including replacement car keys, key fob programming, and car key duplication. Plus, our replacement key fobs come with our trust guarantee, so you can be sure you are getting the best possible service. Contact us today to learn more about our offerings!