Four major multi-vehicle transponder programming devices are available to the North American market: the ASP MPV, the ASP T-Code, the Ilco SDD and the STRATTEC Code-Seeker. Each of these tools provides locksmiths with the ability to program transponder-equipped vehicles.
To provide information for our readership, we invited each of the companies to describe and discuss the functionality of their multi-vehicle transponder programming devices. It is for you, the reader, to determine which programmer is best suited to your needs. The tools will be introduced in alphabetical order by manufacturer.
AUTO SECURITY PRODUCTS' T-CODE AND MVP
Auto Security Products' T-Code and MVP programming tools can quickly make a profitable addition for every progressive locksmith. A T-Code or MVP will allow you to solve the automotive key making jobs you are now turning down.
Here is a breakdown of the vehicles that can be serviced with a T-Code or MVP tool. The standard T-Code-CP2 programs keys to:
- All transponder-equipped Ford, Chrysler (including remotes), Honda/Acura, Nissan/Infiniti, Mitsubishi and Cadillac Catera (PIN read available as an option).
- All Audi/VW models that precede the introduction of C.A.N. (Controller Area Network) equipped vehicles.
- Toyota/Lexus-with remote head key programming (16 bit immobilizer equipped will require the use of a re-flashing device)
Also included in the standard kit are the ultimate cable (with cigarette lighter adapter power up) and a free upgrade for Audi and VW pin code extraction (available in Beta version only).
ASP also offers an extensive and versatile pack of options for locksmiths. Options include: Mazda C.A.N., Subaru, Mazda immobilizer conversion (for 626, Miata and MPV), Catera P.I.N. read, Kia (including P.I.N. read), Hyundai, Pontiac GTO (including P.I.N. read) and Ford Enhancement Pack (including cable and remote and keypad programming adapter). A combined T-Code / MVP manual by ASP provides an important base of data for servicing transponder-equipped vehicles.
Exclusive software is available for Central and South American locksmiths servicing transponder-equipped Citroen, Peugeot, Renault and Hyundai vehicles plus a three-pin cable used on some "south of the border" Hondas.
For locksmiths who are either just developing their automotive lock business or who are trying to justify the cost of a machine, an MVP may be the tool of choice. The MVP is a less expensive and more flexible way to enter the transponder-equipped automotive locksmith market. The MVP can program the same vehicles as a T-Code. You can say yes to the dealerships, rental car business, repossession industry, auction yards, AAA, roadside assistance, forensic locksmithing and of course the individual private vehicle owners.
Did you know that you can keep your key programming prices competitive with the dealerships? In all cases, the dealerships require private vehicle owners to have their vehicles towed to the dealership for new key originations. You could save your customer both time and money while providing them with a more efficient service. Most car dealerships are able to program only the models they sell. With the MVP, you can service a wide range of vehicles.
The MVP system is a token-based way to program keys. If you program a Ford vehicle and go through its required 10-minute wait time, your MVP will use one digital token, even if you cycle in three keys. Each token is a way to measure how many programming uses you have left on your MVP. For example, with our GM software release (available during the last quarter of this year), you simply plug the MVP into your computer and download the new software at your convenience. Downloaded software allows you to program keys and remotes to those vehicles at no additional cost (with the rare exception of possible hardware requirements).
The 2004 model year is starting out to be quite a year for automotive locks and keys, transponder-based anti-theft systems and programming equipment. In addition, technology is rearing its ugly head...