Transponder News

Tom Cowles Locksmiths carry the largest range of Automotive and Transponder keys in Far North Queensland. We are able to cut and code keys in store and on-site with our mobile service vehicles.

What is a Transponder Key:

Transponder keys contain non powered, electronic chips embedded in the head of the key. Transponder keys were introduced into some vehicles starting around 1996 to increase security and have been progressively introduced into most vehicles since that time, making it virtually impossible for newer cars to be stolen without the correct keys. When the key is inserted into the ignition the cars computer reads the coding in the chip in the key and allows the car to start. Each Transponder Key has a unique code and therefore makes it impossible for another key without the correct code to start the vehicle. Usually there is no visible sign that the key has a transponder chip.

To correctly service and repair these locking systems requires highly specialised key cutting machines, specialised components and highly trained staff. Tom Cowles Locksmiths has invested in these technologies and are proud to offer it's customers a first class automotive locksmithing service.

A prime example of one of these sophisticated machines is the Silca Triax. This fully computer controlled machine has the ability to read a worn key and cut a new key to original specifications, therefore avoiding the degradation inherent in simple duplicating. The Silca Triax also has the ability to generate a brand new key from a code number if the original keys to a vehicle have been lost or destroyed.

We have recently upgraded our transponder programming equipment and can now supply, cut and program new transponder keys for over 95 percent of vehicles.


We can duplicate:

Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroen, Daewoo, Daihatsu, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Holden, Honda cars & motorcycles, Hummer, Hyundai, Iveco, Jaguar, Jeep, Kawasaki, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Subaru, Suzuki cars & motorcycles, Toyota, and many more.


We replace Toyota and Honda remote key shells, and remote batteries.

We also supply, cut and program genuine Commodore keys (including VE Commodore), Ford keys and Remotes.

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Phone: (07) 40311667
Fax: (07) 40518335
Address: 145 Bunda Street, Cairns Q4870
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