At TopLock, we pride ourselves on being able to supply, cut and program new Transponder Keys and Remote Central Locking fobs for the majority of cars on Australian roads.
Maybe you’ve lost your car keys, or just need a spare. Let TopLock provide a cost effective alternate solution to the overpriced dealership prices.
Having the security and peace of mind of knowing you will never be stuck on the side of the road is a great feeling. TopLock will come to your rescue.
In addition to copying existing car keys, we also carry out the following:
We are serious about earning your business. We cater for all major car brands and will cut and code keys from the details you supply. We can easily make keys for all major car brands including Holden, Ford, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Daewoo, BMW, and many other major car manufacturers.
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What is a Transponder or Microchip?
Modern vehicles are equipped with state of the art immobiliser systems. Advancements in immobiliser technology means the days of thieves and crooks being able to hot-wire or bypass a vehicles immobiliser system to start the engine are gone!
Almost all vehicles built since the year 1998 worldwide, are equipped with state of the art immobiliser systems that are ever evolving and becoming more and more secure. Every vehicle immobiliser system is slightly different, but they all have one thing in common, the transponder chip. The transponder chip is a small RFID microchip that stores a code unique to that chip and that chip only. Transponder chips do not require the use of batteries to operate, a tiny copper coil contained in the chip is used as an antenna to induce a voltage from the magnetic field emitted from an antenna around the vehicles ignition.
Upon starting your car the vehicles antenna reads the code embedded on the transponder chip located in the head of the key. If the code on the transponder chip matches the code stored in the vehicles engine, or immobiliser ECU, the vehicle will start. If the code doesn’t match the vehicle will not run.
What happens if I try to start my car with a non-programmed key?
Attempting to start your car with a non-programmed key can cause problems and different models of vehicle behave differently. Some vehicles will allow the starter motor to run but not fire the engine, while others will not respond at all. Many Japanese and European vehicles will actually completely lock the vehicle down and block attempted programing if the engine is started with a non-programmed key. If this occurs it can be time consuming and expensive to remove the vehicle from its lock down state.
How can I tell if my key has a Transponder?
With the exemption of some commercial vehicles, it’s safe to assume that if your vehicle was manufactured any time after 1998, it will incorporate a transponder chip in the head of your car key, regardless of the manufacturer. To find out for certain you can contact the team at TopLock.
How much does it cost to replace a car key?
The cost of a replacement car key, spare car key or lost car key varies between different makes and models. However, if you contact the dealership you can expect to pay anywhere from $300 and even upwards of $800. The online independent automotive news site www.drive.com.au conducted an exercise to gauge the average cost of car key prices in Australia. The article can be found by clicking this link.
But, one of the benefits of buying your key through TopLock, is you won’t pay those ridiculous prices, with our prices less than half of the best price you will pay at any car dealer.
Do I have to use genuine car keys?
Many car dealerships will tell you that you must use a genuine key, or that no one can program keys to the vehicle except the manufacturer. However, this is by no means true. Genuine car keys are more expensive than and often not as durable as the aftermarket options. While there are some lesser quality aftermarket car keys available, the team at TopLock can replace your lost car key with a tried and tested aftermarket option. Our aftermarket options are not only more durable, but use the identical RFID transponder chip as the genuine dealer car key, making it just as reliable while being less than half the cost of the genuine part.
TopLock offers a money back guarantee on all our aftermarket car key options. You can rest assured that you’re not only getting value for money, but reliability and the backing of Australia’s most experienced and advanced automotive locksmith team.