Universal Car Remote is a key to savings

Lose your car key? Save hundreds over car dealer key replacements

Published: November 06, 2014 03:00 PM

Anyone who has ever lost or damaged a key fob can testify that it can be an expensive mistake, with car dealers charging anywhere from $100 to several hundred dollars for a replacement. Programming the new one to match your car can add to the pain, and set you back another $60-$150.

Now, the aftermarket has stepped up to the plate with a more affordable solution. The Universal Car Remote introduced at SEMA costs just $50, and you can easily program it yourself.

Available to fit a wide variety of makes and models from years 1997-2014, the replacements are styled to match the look, feel, and operation of original equipment fobs. They’re water resistant, come with a one-year warranty, and include a battery and programming instructions – which varies by car make, but typically involves pressing fob buttons in a certain order.

The company says they have fobs for more than 1000 models, but if your car uses keyless ignition or a key with the lock and unlock buttons built in, you’re out of luck. For now. A company representative says they’re working on it.

For everybody else, The Universal Car Remote is available online now and is rolling into stores as this is written. Visit for details and fit availability.

—Jim Travers

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