Sunday, February 19, 2017
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
I know I’ve always been told by my parents to warm up my car for about 10 minutes on cold days before I drive off. I never knew exactly why they told me to do that, but I figured it had something to do with the engine or battery that way it doesn’t die on me while I’m on the road.
Come to find out, you don’t need to let your car “warm up.” It is actually better if you DON’T have it sitting there for 20 minutes!
The only reason you would need to let your car warm up is to get the oil circulating, which only takes about 60 seconds or less (therefore, you don’t need to be sitting there for 10 minutes letting it warm up!). The exception to this is if you don’t drive often, then a few extra minutes will help warm up the cold, thick oil.
Letting your car sit and warm up will actually harm it more than help it. Idling your car can lead to gasoline seeping into the oil which breaks down the oil’s lubrication, causing more wear and tear, and no one wants that.
So just start your car up, scrape the windows free of ice and snow if need be, and be on your merry way!
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
How much should I be paying for a new key fob? This is a valid question that requires a little disection. We have broken down pricing into 5 key fob categories. The prices we have given are averages and should be used to make sure you are not being robbed by a locksmith (the dealer will always try to rob you).
Standard Remotes Up to $45
These remotes are your old school remotes that usually have a lock button, unlock button, trunk, and maybe a panic button. The big identifier for these remotes is the remote is an actual separate unit from the key.
Flip Keys Up to $85
Also referred to as switch blade style keys. When you push a button the metal key will flip open like a switch blade knife. The key and the remote are one unit.
These are remotes that do not use a metal key to start the vehicle. They use infrared technology for starting the vehicle. The remote and key are one unit and it also will have a hidden metal key to unlock the driver’s side door in case the battery dies.
Remote Head Keys Up to $100
The remote and key are one unit. The metal part of the key will physically be attached to the remote and in plain view.
These remotes are usually associated with push buttons start optioned vehicles. They are meant to be kept in your pocket or purse at all times. It uses proximity technology to know when you are close enough to the vehicle to unlock the car doors and or start the vehicle. These remotes usually have a small metal key hidden in the remote in case the car battery dies.
When you purchase a keyless entry remote, remember that the remote will not come ready to use, you will have to program the remote to your vehicle before it will work. Some remotes are self-programmable (which will save you some cash!). To figure out if your remote is self-programmable you can check your owners manual or visit a key fob programming website. If your vehicle is not self-programmable, then you will have to get it professionally programmed at the dealership or by a locksmith. I would recommend checking your local locksmith first because the majority of the time they are capable of programming remotes, and they are significantly cheaper!