Does your car have a Keyless Remote for unlocking the doors, popping the trunk or even starting the engine?
If so, that remote contains a small battery that will eventually need to be replaced.
When that happens most people take their remotes back to the dealership to have the battery replaced, but that’s almost always a big mistake.
The batteries in the vast majority of keyless remotes are actually the same batteries that go in watches and other portable electronic gadgets.
That means you can probably pick one up at your local Walmart store or Amazon and replace it yourself, potentially saving a bundle over what you’d pay to have it replaced by your dealership’s service department!
The prices charged for this service vary quite a bit from one dealership to another, but virtually all of them charge a lot more than what you’d pay for a replacement battery somewhere else.
I’m actually amazed at what some dealerships charge. For example, one of my cousins recently paid a whopping $70 to have the battery in her car’s keyless remote replaced!
I looked up her vehicle online and discovered that her remote uses a CR2032 coin-shaped battery.
That happens to be a very common battery that you can pick up at your local Walmart for just a couple of bucks.
Even better, you can get a pack of five Energizer 2032 batteries at Amazon for just a little more than twice that amount!
Bottom line: You don’t need to pay a dealership big bucks just to replace a $2 battery in your car’s keyless remote.
You can probably save big by either changing it yourself or asking a handy family member or friend to do it for you.
To find a video that shows how to change the battery in your particular remote simply visit Youtube and search for the phrase change battery in keyless remote for [your car’s make and model].
As an example, the short video below shows to replace the battery in a GM remote.
Note: As always, you can watch the video at full screen by clicking the “square” icon that will pop up in the lower-right corner of the video after it begins playing.
As you can see, it’s pretty easy to change the battery in that particular remote.
It’s a little more difficult with some remotes so you’ll need to watch a video to see if you would feel comfortable doing it yourself.
Even if you decide that you wouldn’t feel comfortable replacing the battery yourself, I still recommend that you skip the dealership if at all possible.
Simply buy a battery from Walmart or Amazon and then ask a family member or friend who knows a lot about these kinds of things to change it for you!
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