For many years, the only place customers could buy a replacement automotive remote key fob or transmitter was at an authorized dealership or on-line.
Now auto parts stores have instituted programs to sell replacement car remotes. For instance, Remotes Unlimited sells replacement parts through Pep Boys, who stock 12, and Advance Auto who stocks 8 of the fastest moving replacement parts. This makes it quick and easy to get a replacement remote if you have a Ford or GM vehicle, or a DEI or Audiovox aftermarket alarm system that uses one of the most common key fobs. These chains offer personalized customer service, and special order assistance, should you need a product that is not carried in the store.
Whether buying a part that the store has in stock or placing a special order, the most important information to pay attention to is the programming method. Most replacement remotes are “user programmable”, meaning you will be able to program the system in your vehicle to accept the new remote. If programming requires a “scan tool”, then the replacement remote and your vehicle will have to be taken to an authorized dealer. Dealers usually charge 1/4 to 1/2 hour of labor for this service.
If you are buying a replacement remote supplied by Remotes Unlimited, the package will always have information about how your remote is programmed. So, before buying, always read the package completely or ask store personnel how the replacement remote will be programmed for your vehicle.
If you purchase a product from one of your local stores and need further assistance with programming, Remotes Unlimited customer service line is available at 877-719-1900, Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm and Saturday 9am – 3pm CST.