Kia Remote Key Fob Replacement CQOFN01050 — All You Need To Know In One Place
The CQOFN01050 is a remote key fob, also known as a smart key, proxy, intelligent key, or “push to start.” It is mostly used for Kia models made AFTER 2021, but may be used for different models and years.
Also, the CQOFN01050 signals the car (via radio frequency) that the key is nearby, so the owner only has to push the start button to start the engine. Alternatively, you can use the key to start your car or open the doors if the remote’s battery is dead.
As this key contains a transponder chip, programming/coding is required to start your car.
The chip is located inside the remote and cannot be seen unless you disassemble the fob. Disassembly is not recommended.
CQOFN01050 has a few additional names, depending on the manufacturer — SKU: TIK-KIA-172; FCC: CQOFN01050. However, CQOFN01050 is the most common.
Where can I get a new key made?
Generally speaking, you have three options:
- First, call an automotive locksmith. This is usually the best choice because this type of key has to be programmed or it won’t be compatible with the car’s computer. As the car must be present for programming, the locksmith you select must offer a mobile service or you’ll have to tow the car to the dealer or locksmith.
- Order the key online. But if you choose this option, once your key arrives, you’ll need to have a locksmith cut and program it for you.
- Dealer – the dealer should be able to make you a replacement key but you’ll need to tow the car to their premises as this type of key needs to be programmed/coded.
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Is programming or coding needed for this type of key? Does this key have a chip in it? Should it be coded to the car?
Yes. This type of key is a remote chip key and will need to be programmed. In addition, special coding/programming equipment is needed and so you’ll need to either call a locksmith or tow the car to the dealer.
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How much does it usually cost to get a new remote key fob?
We’ve researched the average price for this key with dealers, automotive locksmiths, and online. Needless to say, the price varies greatly and depends on where you get the key fob, the time of day these services are rendered, and the service location (mobile locksmith service or dealer).
The prices mentioned below are only rough estimates.
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The dealer should have the code needed for your fob on file. An additional code or pin may be required to program this key. The dealer should have that also. Expect to pay about $240 (key fob, including coding).
Please remember that this price DOES NOT include the cost of towing the car to the dealer. Using a towing service will increase the cost considerably.
A locksmith charges a service fee plus the price of the blank key and a fee for cutting and programming it. Expect to pay about $355 for parts and labor, including programming.
Remote key only online:
You can get a replacement remote key fob online.
However, you’ll need to have the dealer or a locksmith cut and program it for you. You can order one here:
An uncut and unprogrammed key fob will cost about $140.
I already have a working remote. Can I get a duplicate made at the hardware store/locksmith shop/dealership? Will it start the car?
No. This type of key is an electronic remote entry fob and you’ll need to have it programmed/coded to start the car. This requires a special device that hardware stores don’t carry.
Locksmith Shop or Dealer:
Yes. You have two options:
- Programming an additional key WHEN THE CAR IS PRESENT — You can drive the car to a locksmith or to a dealer, and they will program an additional key for the car.
- Cloning a new key: The cloning process is basically making a duplicate WITHOUT THE NEED TO HAVE THE CAR ON SITE. To make a duplicate of a transponder key/remote, the locksmith needs to have a special device. However, you will need to have a working key that can start the car.
A word of caution:
Double-check with the dealer or locksmith first. Make sure they have the necessary equipment to clone the key.
If you do have a working key and simply need a duplicate, the dealer would be your best and cheapest option (First, call to verify that your car key can be cloned).
What information do I need to give to the locksmith or dealer when I call for the service?
First, know the exact year, make, and model of your car, e.g., 2022 Kia EV6.
Also, write down the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) of the car, which you can find on the left side of the dashboard near the side mirror. The VIN helps the locksmith or dealer to verify the year, make, and model of the car.
It’s important to ask if you can come and pick up the key or if the car must be present.
Of course, you can have the car towed to the locksmith or dealer, but that adds to the expense.
Finally, make sure you can show ownership of the car by having the necessary documents such as the car’s title and your ID and insurance card.
CQOFN01050 key fob battery replacement — All the information you need
Watch a short video here: how to replace this key fob’s battery, type of battery and more:
Like all remote key fobs, the CQOFN01050 is a battery-operated remote. The battery usually lasts for about 2 to 3 years. Battery life depends on factors such as how frequently the fob is used, weather conditions, and more.
You’ll need a CR-2032 battery, which you can buy online or at most hardware stores as well as AutoZone, Wal-mart, etc. For your convenience, you can buy it online HERE.
Remember that your battery life depends on a few factors such as usage, weather conditions, etc. To protect better your Kia key fob and extend its battery life it may be a good idea to have a key fob cover or a case. You can get it online here.