Almost all cars today have a remote either attached to the key or by a transmitter on the keychain. Even cars that were built ten years ago have this feature and it seems to have taken hold is pretty standard this day and time. If you car has one of these remotes and you just so happen to lose one, should you be worried? And what exactly can you do about it?
Those two questions may not ever come to someone’s mind until it happens to them. Once you’ve lost a remote then you start thinking of what can happen. Most of us draw the scariest conclusion we can think of which usually just isn’t the case. Most remotes are only able to unlock doors and trunks of cars which usually isn’t a problem unless you’ve got items inside the car that can be stolen. Some thieves would steal the stereo or even the airbag, which is of a growing concern of police. But they would only have access to the interior of the car and would not be able to drive off with just the remote.
However, some vehicles have remote starting capabilities within the remote transmitter. This can start the vehicle and unlock the doors. Usually, with this feature however, you must have the key to remove the car out of park. Another point to consider is that if you lose your remote and one of the neighbors mischievous kids pick it up or even adults in some situations could set off the panic alarm or start it up in the middle of the night just for a joke.
There are ways to disable the lost remote so it doesn’t control the vehicle any longer, but by doing so, you’ll need to reprogram the vehicle and other remotes that may have come with the car. Most times this will need to be done at the dealership for many makes and models. But there are companies that sell the remotes and can give you a replacement for the lost remote. Reprogramming will be the key, and you’ll need to consult with the remote manufacturer to be sure, or the dealer if you chose to go that route. Prices for these services vary greatly and will mainly depend of the make and model of your car. Imports and luxury cars tend to be higher while domestic and economy cars are less expensive.