Purchasing a keyless entry remote on eBay is a great way to save some money but there are a few things you should look out for before making your purchase, and some things you should know once you have received your new remote.

1. Verify that you will be able to program the remote yourself.

Most remotes are on board programmable but there are many that have to be programmed by a locksmith or a dealer. Double check the sellers description, most remotes that can be programmed by the customer will have it listed and usually, instructions will be provided at no extra charge. If you are unsure about this, contact the seller and double check with them before placing a bid.

Even if it turns out that you can’t program it yourself you can still save a great deal by skipping the dealer and purchasing online.

2. Check the feedback history of the seller.

Stick with sellers that have atleast a 97% feedback score or higher. If they do have negative feedback, read it and check for the sellers response to that feedback. Does it sound reasonable? Some buyers will leave a negative feedback even though it was not deserved. Reputable sellers will always list their shipping, handling and return polices up front, so check for that. I would also recommend doing a Google search on the sellers name, see what people are saying about him outside of eBay.

3. Make sure you order the correct remote for your vehicle.

Sounds silly but a lot of remotes made by the same manufacturer look similar but have completely different part numbers and if you get the wrong one, it might not work. The key here is not to order a remote based on looks alone. Make sure the auction states that it will work with your exact vehicle year make and model. Again, contact the seller if you are unsure about this.

4. Be patient while performing the program procedure. (on board program)

Some programming procedures have many steps and it may not work on your first, second or even third try. The best advice I can give for programming is to take it slow and one step at a time. Do not try to memorize the entire procedure all at once. Print it out and take it with you, read a step, perform it, continue to the second step and repeat until all the steps are completed.

5. Shop around for dealer programming. (dealer program)

Surprisingly, dealer pricing for this service can vary wildly. I’ve seen it range anywhere from free all the way up to $150.00. Do not accept a high price quote from a dealer looking to make a fast dollar, call around to different dealerships for the best price.

$25.00 – $50.00 is a reasonable price point.

Hopefully these tips will help you to make an informed purchase and help you save some money as well. As always, feel free to contact me here on the blog or by email with any keyless related questions or comments.

I am always glad to help.

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