Bladed keys have been the standard for commercial, residential and automotive security for decades. However, automotive manufacturers have aimed to make it more convenient for owners to access their vehicle. One of the ways that they have done this is by offering remote fobs for many of their newer model vehicles. Rather than having to open your door by inserting a key, car owners can remote lock and unlock their car with just the push of a button. Remote fobs are even more widely available now that professional locksmiths are able to provide you with one right at your location. Previously remote fobs were only available by going to the dealership for replacement, which was not the most convenient of ways to receive service.
Access Your Vehicle With the Push of a Button
Many car owners are now taking advantage of the easy of access that a remote fob has to offer. No longer do you have to fumble with your key set when trying to place groceries in the car. Just push one button to unlock your vehicle easily. Locking and unlocking functions are not the only functions which are supported on vehicle remotes. As shown in the picture to the left, vehicles can have a number of other remote features as well. Turning on the lights, panic mode and trunk popping can all be done with just the push of a button. In new model vehicle, remote start can even be activated using a remote fob. In many cars this function is not available, but for those that are it can be a huge benefit. A car owner can easily start their car from inside on snowy days to warm up the vehicle before ever having to get inside. There are countless ways that this easy access can benefit you, but what can be most difficult is deciding how to purchase your new remote fob.
Purchasing a Car Remote
The way that a car remote fob functions is that it wirelessly communicates with the vehicle's computer to give commands. The wireless connection establishes that the remote, and therefore the person holding the remote, are authorized to give commands to the vehicle. Due to this wireless communication, the remote fob must be programmed to the car in order for it to work. This means that simply purchasing a remote will not be enough to enjoy the convenience that a remote fob has to offer. There are two options that car owners have for both purchasing their remote and having it programmed. They can take their vehicle to the local dealership to have the service completed. However, the drawback to this scenario is that you would have to deal with the dealership's scheduling and could waste a large chunk of time. Another option is to turn to a mobile locksmith. The locksmith can come to your vehicle's location to provide you with a remote fob. This is more convenient because of the locksmith's ability to come to your home, office or anywhere else. In some cases, it can be more expensive to have a mobile locksmith provide you with a car remote fob. If you feel this may be the case, then it would be wise to contact your dealership for pricing and wait time so that you can compare it with that of the mobile locksmith.
There is no doubting the convenience that a car remote fob can bring to a vehicle owner. This is why is becoming more and more common for remote functions to become standard on new model vehicles. Some newer models have remote functions built-in to the key blade's head, others models use an entirely wireless system without any bladed key at all. The amount of functions that a car remote fob can offer to you depends on the exact year, make and model of your vehicle. In order to determine the options that are available for your vehicle it is recommended to contact an automotive locksmith, or your manufacturer's local dealership.