How Much Does It Cost to Have a New Car Remote Programmed?

A car dealership typically charges up to one hour of labor to program a new car remote, otherwise known as an electronic key fob. Some dealerships may perform this service at no charge, according to Edmunds.

Programming an electronic key fob can also be performed by the owner at no cost. This can be done using a specific combination of button presses on the remote and key turns in the ignition. Specific instructions can typically be found in the vehicle's owner's manual. This information can also be found online at by searching for the vehicle's make, model and year.