Remember the last time you rented a car and scoffed at the “key replacement fee,” should one of your two buckled-together fobs go missing? It’s no joke. Now that key fobs are equipped with proximity sensors and remote-start mechanisms, they command a steep cost for replacement, as much as $100 or more. For reference, an actual key might cost $5 or so to duplicate.
The Cheap Fix: If your car has an exterior keyhole, you could use the valet key. With that said, Teslas are problematic in this case as it’s a pain in the ass to unscrew a keyhole cover. If your fob isn’t working — and you haven’t lost it — first try replacing the key fob battery. A dead battery is a likely culprit.