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Anyone used Remotefobcentre before?

Post by jayp7 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:36 pm

Hi all,

I need the battery in my spare key fob changed. I know I can do it myself but it just one of those jobs that I can't be asked to do.
Has anyone used this company Remotefobcentre ?

they have 50k + seller feedback on ebay and 30+ reviews on google

I'm just a bit worried about sending my key - whats the worst that can happen?

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Post by marco_polo » Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:39 pm

The worst? They send one to you, and a 2nd one to a local chop-shop along with your home address?

Could you have it sent to a friends/parents address?
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Post by herx » Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:55 pm

These people have been recommended before on this forum https://www.redditchcarkeys.co.uk/ (not affiliated)
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Post by jayp7 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:07 pm

marco_polo wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:39 pm
The worst? They send one to you, and a 2nd one to a local chop-shop along with your home address?

Could you have it sent to a friends/parents address?
Yep - that's what I was worried about - not worth the risk is it. Right I'm going with my gut and doing it myself. Thank Marco!

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Post by jason@bwchiptune » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:32 pm

If your send just your remote it will be fine as the is no point cloning the remote
As soon as you put your key in the ignition it will change the code so the other cloned key sent to who ever will not work


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Post by jayp7 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:44 pm

herx wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:55 pm
These people have been recommended before on this forum https://www.redditchcarkeys.co.uk/ (not affiliated)
Thanks for that Herx but I've decided to do it myself, I appreciate the post though.

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Post by jayp7 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:18 am

jason@bwchiptune wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:32 pm
If your send just your remote it will be fine as the is no point cloning the remote
As soon as you put your key in the ignition it will change the code so the other cloned key sent to who ever will not work


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How do you know that Jay? So the code is regenerated on every use?

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Post by GeeDee » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:10 am

What is the problem?

A "colleague" asked me about his BMW fobs and he ended up going to BMW who only charged £7 each while he waited which, quite frankly, was cheaper than I expected.

Assuming your fob is the same as mine, you use the key part to push into a slot which releases the catch to open the fob. Couldn't be simpler and much simpler than the process of sending away.
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The battery in mine is a CR2450 which can be obtained from Amazon aside from the normal battery shops.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Energizer-2450 ... 132&sr=8-4

As MP has said, I would never have keys/locks sent to the address in which they are to be used. Unfortunately, these days there are too many :censored: willing to scam.
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Post by jayp7 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:39 am

GeeDee wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:10 am
What is the problem?

A "colleague" asked me about his BMW fobs and he ended up going to BMW who only charged £7 each while he waited which, quite frankly, was cheaper than I expected.

Assuming your fob is the same as mine, you use the key part to push into a slot which releases the catch to open the fob. Couldn't be simpler and much simpler than the process of sending away.
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The battery in mine is a CR2450 which can be obtained from Amazon aside from the normal battery shops.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Energizer-2450 ... 132&sr=8-4

As MP has said, I would never have keys/locks sent to the address in which they are to be used. Unfortunately, these days there are too many :censored: willing to scam.
Hi mate, Thanks for the post. I'll give BM a call later and see what they say. Unfortunately I have a non-comfort control key and the unit is sealed so no easy way to open it I believe without cutting it.

I hear what you're saying re address I'll bear that in mind - thanks!

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Post by jayp7 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:51 am

I called BMW and for a new fob in the e-range (one that cannot be opened) they will not replace the battery it has to be a new fob. Price £174.31 incl vat.

Won't be going for that option :shock:

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Post by Rarebit » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:12 pm

Does the fob not charge when it's in use anymore? It used to be something like 30 hours driving to fully charge
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Post by jason@bwchiptune » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:26 pm

jayp7 wrote:
jason@bwchiptune wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:32 pm
If your send just your remote it will be fine as the is no point cloning the remote
As soon as you put your key in the ignition it will change the code so the other cloned key sent to who ever will not work


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How do you know that Jay? So the code is regenerated on every use?
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E series cars the keys are sealed and need to be cut open
F series keys change change the battery by lifting the back cover

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Once the key has started the car it is locked to that car
If a key is cloned it will need to be used before the original key starts the car for it to work

To make another key that will start the car will require the read from the Cas unit/ews unit (e cars) or the fem (f cars) as the key will need to be in a different key slot

I’ve advise a lot of people who have brought cars to have the keys they have been given checked against what slots have been used on there cars

It’s all to know that cars disappear within the 1st 2 months of buying them

We have also found a lot of cloned cars when people have just brought them and came to us to check the key s that will start the car or in for Remaps


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a customer came to us with the x5 4.0d and wanting to have it remapped
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he said no that’s fine just remap the car from me then a week later he gets a knock at the door late-night gets arrested and interrogated about the car
The car car was stolen one week before he bought it and was cloned with another car
the car belonged to the insurance company as it was in a higher purchase instead of losing all his money he ended up buying the car and paid a further 22 grand to the insurance company then he came to us to have all the vin numbers IDs put back correctly as it should be for the original car




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Re: Anyone used Remotefobcentre before?

Post by GeeDee » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:25 pm

jason@bwchiptune wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:32 pm
As soon as you put your key in the ignition it will change the code so the other cloned key sent to who ever will not work
Hi Jason

Just wondering how this works with spare keys, more specifically with my Comfort Access?

Does the car keep a track of the keys used and change the code each time for each one?
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Post by YLS » Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:33 pm

Jason, with the sealed key fobs, do you know if a constant voltage has to be kept to the battery terminals, or can you take the old battery out and replace (solder?) the new one in without any problems? Thanks.

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Post by Octavius » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:49 pm

YLS wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:33 pm
Jason, with the sealed key fobs, do you know if a constant voltage has to be kept to the battery terminals, or can you take the old battery out and replace (solder?) the new one in without any problems? Thanks.
Just carefully solder a new one in.
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