When you need to get a car key fob replacement, it can be difficult to know who to contact, what your options might be and the most important question, how much is a replacement car key fob.
We’ve used our expertise to offer some advice when you are in the market for a replacement car key fob, what to look out for and some things which can help to reduce your costs!
Universal Key Fob
A universal key fob is a car key fob which can be programmed to many different vehicle brands and models, think of the way that a universal TV remote works.
These universal key fobs usually have a standard shape and size and won’t look like your branded car key fob – however they will work in exactly the same way and are an extremely affordable option.
If you are looking for a replacement car key fob, consider asking for just a Universal key fob, whilst it won’t having any branding, it is the most affordable option and is perfect for those situations when you just want a car key nice and quickly.
Most Auto Locksmiths will have a universal car key fob ready on board to make a replacement for you, however there are a select few cars which these are incompatible with so it’s always worth asking your Auto Locksmith if this possible with your car and what your options might be!
Aftermarket Car Key Fob
An aftermarket car key fob or ‘lookalike key’ is a car key fob with the same or similar head design as your original car key. Whilst this key is unbranded, it will look more like the key you get from the manufacturer but at a significantly reduced price.
One of the more affordable options when it comes to car key fob replacements, an aftermarket car key fob is a great choice for a quick car key replacement solution.
This type of key should be something that is kept in stock on board an Auto Locksmith van, so you should just be able to get a aftermarket car key fob the same day from your local Auto Locksmith.
Original Equipment Manufacturer Key Fob
OEM car key fobs are a great option for those who want a key from their manufacturer without paying high end prices. OEM keys are manufacturer keys which are sold by approved suppliers and are programmed by your local Auto Locksmith.
These types of keys can come branded or unbranded depending on the type that is provided by the supplier and may have to be ordered in by an Auto Locksmith so this might be the right option for you if you’re not looking for a replacement ASAP.
It’s always worth contacting your local auto locksmith to see what stock they have available and to get a price match against an OEM key and a cheaper more affordable option like a universal or aftermarket car key fob.
Original Manufacturer Car Key Fob
An original manufacturer car key fob is what it says on the tin, it’s a branded car key fob from the manufacturer of your car. Often this is the most expensive option as it will need to be ordered in and then programmed but is guaranteed to be the same shape and have the car manufacturer logo on it.
Does Having a Universal Car Key Fob Devalue Your Car?
Getting a universal or aftermarket car key fob doesn’t decrease the value of your car, nor does it affect your car insurance. However, selling a car with only 1 key does tend to decrease the value significantly, so we would always suggest having a spare.
Having a spare also comes in handy in an unfortunate situation where you get locked out of your car!
Price Match Guarantee!
Already have a quote for a locked out of car services? Bring us proof of the quote and we’ll match it! We are committed to the highest quality services at reasonable prices, so you can be assured that our Auto Locksmiths will not only provide an unmatched service but at a great price!
Car Key Replacements with Keytek Auto Locksmiths
If you need a car key replacement or a spare car key, then call Keytek® Auto Locksmiths to help. As a mobile Auto Locksmith service, we provide affordable car key replacements to those in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and the wider Dorset area. We can provide car key replacements on site no matter where you are. Whether you are at home or stuck on the road, call us to get our local auto Locksmith on the road to you.
As well as our competitive pricing, we offer our price match guarantee so you can be sure you’re getting the highest quality services at a reasonable price.
Are Universal Car Keys Cheaper?
The cost of a car key fob replacement will depend on a few factors like make and model of your car, however universal car keys tend to be the cheapest option.