If you have ever lost the keyless entry remote for your vehicle, you know that it can be expensive to replace. Your local dealership may charge a significant amount for not only the cost of the replacement remote but also the labor involved with programming the remote to work with your vehicle.
However, in the age of the Internet, you can easily purchase a replacement keyless remote control for a fraction of the price the dealer will charge. However, once you have the remote, it needs to be programmed. Programming a keyless remote control is easier than you think, and I can do it in a matter of minutes.
You can find a keyless entry remote or your car at a fraction of the price on websites such as Amazon or eBay. My experience is that eBay has the cheapest remotes. Shop around, and look for the best deal for your vehicle. A suggested search phrase is your car’s make and model, followed by the words “keyless entry remote.” (Ex: Chevy Malibu Keyless Entry Remote).
Using your favorite Internet search engine, such as Google or Bing.com, search for instructions on programming your remote control. By now, you should have a model number for your keyless entry remote, so will include this in the search for programming instructions.
Sometimes instructions will be as simple as setting a menu option on your vehicle’s computer system to detect your new remote control while pressing a combination of buttons on the remote. Other’s may be more complex and may include steps such as pushing buttons on the remote, turning the key in the ignition and opening and closing the driver’s side car door a pre-determined number of times.
The latter method involves more steps. However, they only take a few minutes to perform. And don’t worry, if you don’t get it right the first time, you can always start over.
While it may seem most natural to contact your dealer and request a new remote, you’ll save time and money (and gas!) by purchasing the remote control and programming it yourself.