Is It Possible to Deactivate a Key FOB That Was Stolen?

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Losing a key FOB can be distressing, especially if the thief knows where your vehicle might be parked and can click the FOB until they find your car.

So, what are your options?

The first thing you want to do is take your car and any remaining keys to a dealer or your local locksmith – a locksmith is generally the more affordable option, plus they’ll be able to assist you quicker.

A locksmith or dealer can now delete all keys from your car’s memory and only add the keys that you have on you. If you don’t have a spare key, a locksmith can assist you with a new one but as you can imagine, they would need to come to you. Once a locksmith programs a new key, it’s best to get them to create a spare key at the same time so that you don’t need to go through this process again.

The only downside is that the thief can still unlock your car using the mechanical key, but this is highly unlikely. There is always the option of changing out your mechanical lock cylinder so that the key no longer works, but this is hardly ever necessary. What’s more, even if they did open your car with the mechanical key, your alarm would sound, which would send the thief running.

The only time you will need to take all these steps is if you know the thief knows exactly what your vehicle looks like, or they are a threat to your personal safety.

Need help with key FOBs? We can help. Contact Quickly Locksmith on (305) 984-9922.

David Davidof

David Davidof

David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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