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    What Is The Cheapest Way To Replace A Tesla Key?

    Jul 27,2022 | Chloe Lacour

    Tesla allows its customers to remotely control their vehicles with a key card, key fob, or cell phone. But what is the cheapest way to replace a Tesla key?

    The cheapest way to replace a Tesla key is to download the Tesla app and link your card to your phone. After that, you no longer need the key card as your phone becomes your key. You can then use the Tesla app on your phone to unlock and drive your car without a key.

    While linking the vehicle to your phone is the cheapest way to replace a Tesla key, you should only use this method if you've lost your spare key. Typically, Tesla gives customers two key cards so that they can use the second key if the first key is lost or damaged.

    Replacing a Tesla key card is not as expensive as replacing a Tesla key fob. For example, replacing a Tesla Model 3 key card costs around $5 to $6. Replacing a Tesla key with a key fob, on the other hand, is slightly more expensive. For example, a replacement key for the Tesla Model S costs about $174.

    So if you lose a key and the Tesla app on your phone isn't connected to your car, you'll need to replace it with either a key card or a key fob. Between these two options, the key card is the cheaper choice as the key fob is more expensive.

    All in all, linking your vehicle to the Tesla app on your smartphone is the best option. This allows you to access your vehicle's remote control functions. Simply download the Tesla app for free on your Android or iOS device and connect it to your car.

    How much does a Tesla replacement key cost?

    On average, the Tesla Store sells key cards for $25. However, Tesla Model 3 keys are the cheapest as they cost around $5. After purchasing a new Tesla key card, you tell your car to forget the lost key card and program the car to accept the new card.

    Is it possible to program one key card for multiple devices?

    Yes, that is possible. Although Tesla only offers two key cards, you can program up to a dozen phones with those cards. So if you lose the key card, you can still open your Tesla with your phone and drive while you wait for the new key card to be delivered.

    How many Tesla key cards can you have?

    According to Tesla Support, you can only have up to 19 key cards. That means you can program the two key cards you get from Tesla with up to 19 different mobile devices. So you have 2 physical Tesla key cards and 17 mobile devices programmed with the key cards.

    How do I get a new key for my Tesla?

    Click on the Locks tab on your touch screen. Then follow the on-screen instructions to add a new key. After pairing with a device, the new fob will appear in the key list and you can customize the fob's name or unpair it.

    How do I connect my Tesla key card to my smartphone?

    If you want to connect your Tesla key card to your smartphone to lock, unlock or start your vehicle, follow these steps:

    • Click on the vehicle icon at the bottom left of your touchscreen
    • Then click on Locks on the left MENU.
    • Press the PLUS button to the right of the key text.
    • Press Add Phone Button.
    • Then open the Tesla app on your smartphone.
    • Press the phone button to set up your smartphone as a key.
    • Then go to the car and have the Tesla key card ready.
    • Select "Start" on your phone and wait while it searches for your car.
    • Place the key card in the center console.
    • Finally, you will see the word "SUCCESS". Now press “Done” below to finish pairing your car with your phone. Your phone is now a key.

    FAQ

    How much does a Tesla replacement key cost?

    A replacement Tesla key costs about $25 and a replacement Tesla key fob costs about $174. However, the price may vary depending on the Tesla model and variant. Replacing a key card or key fob for the Tesla Model 3 is significantly cheaper than replacing the same key for the Tesla Model S.

    In addition, replacing a key card takes longer than replacing a key fob. Also, a key fob will usually be mailed to you a few days after Tesla requests it.

    Can you drive without a Tesla key?

    Yes, you can. However, you need to connect your car to a Tesla app to start it without a key. To do this, you can program the key card into your smartphone and use it if you don't have the key with you or if it's lost.

    Can I track a misplaced Tesla key card?

    No, you can't. You can still find or recognize a Tesla key card when it's nearby. That's because Tesla key cards use near-field communication (NFC), which allows the card to be recognized upon contact. So if you suspect that you lost the Tesla key card in the house or office, you can detect it from the movement of objects.

    The Tesla key card cannot be located because it does not have GPS or Bluetooth to locate it. So if you lose the key card, you should simply program the key to forget the old key card and program it with the new card.

    Summary
    The cheapest way to replace a Tesla key card is to program the key card with your phone so you don't have to replace the key card if it is lost or damaged. However, if you want a physical key, replacing your Tesla key with a key card is a lot cheaper than replacing it with a key fob.

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