Nearly everyone has a key fob for nearly every vehicle and they are also common for RVs. While about the only maintenance needed on the key fob is a replacement battery, occasionally, they do break. When (if) that happens, you will have to replace the key fob AND all new fobs have to be programmed to your specific locks and/or vehicle. The bad news… it’s can be expensive. Maybe this information will help you solve this problem and save a chunk of money, too.
I recently broke one of our key fobs that came with our 2008 Saturn Vue. I literally cracked the plastic case and the fob no longer worked and couldn’t be fixed. I called a GM dealer (yes, they still have parts for Saturn) and was told that a replacement key fob would be $75.00 PLUS reprogramming would be an additional $85.00!!! Apparently, locking and unlocking doors from a distance is costly!
I did an online search for the key fob and found the exact replacement—the numbers matched and it looked the same. I ordered TWO fobs for a TOTAL of $14.95. Then, while searching for these fobs, I read a recommendation on one of the sites to go to a local locksmith to get them programmed. I called some locksmiths and easily found one that programmed key fobs. We went to his shop the next day and he programmed BOTH my new fobs to match my existing one that still worked. Now I had three working key fobs. The TOTAL cost for the locksmith was $20.00.
On another note, I also found instructions online about how I could program the fobs myself. I did NOT do this because if you screw it up, then none of the fobs will work.
So my $34.95 outlay was significantly cheaper than what the dealer was going to charge me—$160.00 + tax.