Car keys are rapidly becoming a thing of the past and being replaced by key fobs, which are used to control keyless entry systems. If you need a key fob replacement, you’ll want to make sure it’s compatible with your car’s systems. A standard keyless entry remote has a lock button, an unlock button, an open trunk bottom and a panic button that will sound your car’s horn to help do things such as locate it in a crowded lot.
Some vehicles include a built-in remote start system you can activate with a car fob, so you never have to get into a cold car during the winter months. If your vehicle doesn’t have one, you can install a remote starter yourself or a Geek Squad agent can do it for you. Additionally, some car remotes can be programmed to offer customizable functionality so you can roll down windows, fold side mirrors and more.
Getting the Most from Your Keyless Entry Remote
While most car security systems use a key fob for activation, this doesn’t guarantee that you have a built-in security system. If you’re not sure whether your vehicle has a security system, check the manual. It will tell you if it has one.
Also, if your car can accommodate a car alarm system, having one installed might provide peace of mind when you’re leaving your valuable Bluetooth car stereo unattended. If you’re not comfortable installing it yourself, you can use Geek Squad’s remote system installation services.
When you’re looking for a key fob replacement, a good rule of thumb is to get the same model you’ve been using. You can confirm the model number on the back of the old fob. If you decide to try a universal key fob, make sure it’s compatible or else it won’t work. You can ensure it’s compatible with your vehicle by reading the packaging.
Once you factor in the cost of a replacement key fob and the costs associated with getting locked out of your car, you might find it helpful to attach a Bluetooth tracker to your car key fob. The tracker allows you to quickly and easily use an app on your smartphone to locate it.