When buying a car most people assume they are getting the key that came with the car from the factory. This isn’t always the case. Dealerships and car lots lose keys all the time, or they buy pre-owned cars with no keys. In either case they will call a locksmith to have the keys made. Sometimes they will ask for a remote equipped key and other times they will not. With that in mind, let’s look at some examples.
- 2009 Chrysler 300
- 2009 Dodge Ram
- Many other models.
There can be up to 4 different types of keys that fit these vehicles.
These are just a couple of examples of many many makes and models this is true for. Just because you have a basic key does not mean your car, truck, or van is not equipped with remote keyless entry. A good rule of thumb is this; If you have electric locks and no key hole on the passenger side front door, most likely you do have remote keyless entry. Here are some other examples of cars with remote keyless entry and their basic transponder key counter part:
- 2011 Ford F-150
- 2015 Chevrolet Camaro
- 2010 Toyota Camry
Another thing to consider is remote start. Even if you have remote keyless entry you may have the wrong version of that key programmed to your car.
Here is a good example. Notice the fobik on the right has a remote start button. Both of these keys can be programmed to the same vehicle, so it’s possible you have remote start. You just may have a key without the remote start button. This can happen if the locksmith was unaware of the remote start function, or if they were just out of stock of that key at the time. This is true for many makes and models, not just Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge.
The same situation can apply to separate remotes as well.
“How do I know if my car has remote start?”
There are a few ways you can confirm whether your car has remote start or not:
- Check your Vehicle settings.
On some models The settings menu will also have a remote start options menu.
- Check for a hood sensor.
This is a hood sensor for a Ford F-150.
These are the sensor wires on a Nissan hood latch.
If the hood latch sensor does not detect that the hood is closed, the remote start function will not engage.
- Check with the dealership. They will ask you for the VIN number to the vehicle and should be able to look up the options for your car.
The good news is you don’t have to go to the dealership for these remotes or keys. If you need a remote keyless entry for your car, truck, or van Lockworks OKC will come to your vehicle and program it for you. Call us today for a free quote (405) 842-6613.