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Wife accidentally threw her copy of the master key fob into the trash. :crying: It's long gone. LR Dealer replacement fees are ~$700. Figured I'd give a shot at buying a OEM fob myself, then getting a locksmith or the dealer to reprogram it. Anyone every had to do this? I've had a bunch of friends who have followed this route with their BMWs and Mercedes, but I'm a little concerned that LR will be a different experience. NA FCC frequencies for remote car FOBs is 315 mHz, so I purchased that option.
 

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How do they justify $700?
yeah I have no idea why it would cost that much. The technology behind these frequency-emitting remote key systems is not trivial, but should not cost that much. I picked up a copy on AliExpress which had good reviews for $65. Apparently, a locksmith can reprogram them for you for a fee (~$50-75), and also cut the manual key that comes with the fobs. I'm told that they will likely have to reprogram all versions of the key fobs that you have at the same time. Combined that's still way less than the dealer would charge. The whole thing seems shady to me, but I'm rolling the dice on this option in the hopes of saving a significant amount. I'll let everyone know if it works out.
 

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Most vehicles have a way to enter programming mode with at least one key fob... Or in older cars with the key to turn on and off the ignition.
 

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Wife accidentally threw her copy of the master key fob into the trash. :crying: It's long gone. LR Dealer replacement fees are ~$700. Figured I'd give a shot at buying a OEM fob myself, then getting a locksmith or the dealer to reprogram it. Anyone every had to do this? I've had a bunch of friends who have followed this route with their BMWs and Mercedes, but I'm a little concerned that LR will be a different experience. NA FCC frequencies for remote car FOBs is 315 mHz, so I purchased that option.
You can program the keys on a good scanner such as the Autel AP200. This has got a facility for keys I believe, although it may only be for “new” keys if all keys are lost. This scanner is pretty cheap £60 in UK or less and key fobs are about £120 here in the UK...I presume you are US where prices can be higher, but a good independent garage should be able to program a key for a lot less than you’ve been quoted.
 

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There is a key module in the car that has to be changed to match keys. KVM is there to prevent cloning by a thief
 
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