At Keyless Entry Remote we believe that if you’re going to sell a key programmer, you have to know how to use it. That’s why three of us flew out to California to learn Smart Pro tips and tricks from a locksmithing pro who programs 400-800 vehicles monthly.
We learned a lot. I mean A LOT. We learned so many new tips and tricks about the Smart Pro that we can’t even cover them in one article. So to give you a taste of what’s to come, here’s a rundown of some of the key points you need to know before buying or using your Smart Pro by Advanced Diagnostics.
Honestly, we were a little disappointed in the high success rate of the Smart Pro. Yup, you read that right. We were disappointed that it worked. Before you jump to any conclusions, let me explain.
While at ALOA we received a few complaints about the Smart Pro’s performance. One of our goals for traveling to California was to experience these challenges ourselves so we could learn how to avoid or overcome them. We would then pass that information along to you so you could also overcome any Smart Pro challenges.
That’s why we were disappointed in the high success rate. The majority of the keys we programmed went without a hitch, and when we did hit a bump in the road, it was almost always a user error, not a machine error.
Still, we can’t say we were entirely disappointed in our Smart Pro’s performance. You can’t get too upset at a 100% success rate.
We realize our small sample size of 58 vehicles skews this result, but our nice range of vehicles helps even that out. With over 10 different makes, and years ranging from ‘02s to ‘18s, we can confidently say the chances of you running into the same vehicles we programmed are high.
With step-by-step instructions, the Smart Pro is extremely user-friendly. All the information you need to program a key is on the screen. Unfortunately, that is a lot of information, which lead to us skimming or reading over important information.
When using the Smart Pro, it is VERY important that you read everything on the screen. Even if you think you know what's on the screen, read it.
We learned the hard way that it takes less time to read everything and program a key in one go than it does to skim, miss a step, and start over.
One of the most valuable pieces of information we were given by our locksmithing expert about the SmartPro is this: “90 percent of the time if there’s an issue with the Smart Pro, it’s a user error. You just need to read. Follow the instructions, and it will work.”
We were very impressed with the speed of the Smart Pro. Even with errors, no vehicle took us longer than 20 minutes to program. If you’re switching from an MVP, you’ll notice the difference immediately.
On the downside, there is a 10-minute bypass for Fords. You can sub in another programmer for these situations, but if your volume isn’t high enough for 10 minutes to hurt productivity, then it’s more cost-efficient to stick with one programmer.
Other Key Takeaways
Creating a checklist of things to look out for before even plugging in the Smart Pro will save you a lot of stress and time. On more than one occasion (way more than one occasion) we found ourselves blaming the Smart Pro when something else was to blame, like a dead battery.
If you’re programming a lot of vehicles daily, the Smart Pro will start showing error messages, even when there are no errors. When this happens, give it a soft or hard reboot. It’s the classic IT fix of turning the machine off and on again.
A soft reboot is simply turning the device off then back on.
A hard reboot is removing the battery, waiting 5-10 minutes, then reconnecting the battery to turn it back on.
And finally, be careful about setting the Smart Pro in your lap if you’re using it a lot without any breaks. It gets really hot, really fast.
Overall, we were impressed with how easy to use and fast the Smart Pro was. It’s certainly not perfect, and part of our high success rate could be because we had someone who knew what he was doing in any given situation, but there’s no denying the fact that the Smart Pro got the job done.
Have more questions about the Smart Pro or our trip to California? Ask away in the comments below!