Smart Keys. Hi tech little devices that make your life with your car so much easier. But just like many things in life, convenience comes at a price. Have you ever had to replace a lost, broken, or worn out Smart Key? Get ready for some sticker shock. They can cost the same or more than a Smart Phone. Up to $500 in some cases.
Depending on your habits, Smart Keys can live a very hard life. Think about it. Constantly in and out of pockets or purses. Bouncing around and rubbing with other items while they're in there. Being thrown onto kitchen counters or coffee tables. After a while, all this action can take a toll and your Smart Keys pickup all sorts of dings and scratches. Once colorful buttons can lose their printed icons leaving you to rely on memory for which button does what (including accidentally setting off the alarm!). Worst of all, they can stop working all together.
In case your Smart Keys are already worn out or the worst happens, you have two options: 1) Get a replacement from your new car dealer 2) Buy a used one on eBay. Option one can be expensive, costing you hundreds of dollars. Option two is less expensive, but requires more research and some risk. Fortunately, there are several reputable sources on eBay for good used Smart Keys, but be check the customer ratings before you buy. With both options, you'll have to have your dealer reprogram your replacement Smart Key regardless. And now that you have a fresh replacement, you'll have to through this process again if you don't cover them!
Covering your Smart Keys is a smart move. A good cover will help extend your Smart Key's life. For example, MotoQuip Design (www.smartkeycover.com) has stylish covers crafted in soft, long lasting faux leather that will add sporty luxury to any Smart Key while protecting them from everyday wear and tear. A great example is their cover for Toyota 4-Button Smart Key (For Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, and RAV4). Keep in mind that while a cover can help extend the life of your Smart Keys, it's important to remember that they can't protect from accidents like severe drops or submersion in water.