You just got a new vehicle, and it comes with a car key fob or car remote. If you've never used a key remote or fob before, it might take you a little to get adjusted to the idea. Some key fobs can even turn the car on without you having to insert the key into anything. You only need to be within the range of the vehicle and then push the engine start button. If this is your first time using a key fob or remote, here are some important tips to keep in mind.
You Should Get a Backup Just As You Would for a Regular Key
Getting locked out of your car is obviously no fun. Most car owners will get at least one or two extra keys made at a locksmith, but you might be wondering if it's possible to do this with a car key remote or fob. The answer is, it depends. Some car manufacturers use proprietary technology, which will ensure that an additional key fob must be ordered directly from a dealer.
But some car brands might not require that, and this could be especially true if the "new" car you purchased is actually a pre-owned vehicle that is a bit older. If this is the case, you may be able to find a local locksmith who will create a backup car remote or key fob for you for less money than what your car manufacturer would charge.
Don't Keep Your Remote or Fob Near the Car
When your car remote or fob is within a certain range of the vehicle, it may constantly send out a signal letting the car know it is in the area. This is in order to meet the requirement that the key fob is nearby the moment the engine start button is pushed. But this constant communication can also drain your key fob's battery over time. This is why you should never leave your key fob in the car when you get home. Take the key fob into the house with you and hang it up with the rest of your keys, preferably somewhere not super close to the garage door.
If the Key Fob or Remote is Not Working, Try to Manually Turn the Lock
Even if your car came with a fob or remote, you probably received at least one traditional key from the dealer. If the key fob is not working properly, try to manually turn the door lock, just to make sure the issue is with the key fob and not a mechanical issue with the door's lock itself.