Free Advice on Car Alarms. What do YOU need!Mar 18, 2001 (Updated Mar 22, 2001) Write an essay on this topic.
The Bottom Line Remember make a list of what you want, and Ask lots of questions.
What do you need in an alarm? This is the question you must ask yourself before ever going to a car stereo store.
Write your list down and be prepared to ask many questions before you pay for an alarm, since most are very expensive. Remember and I can't stress this enough you get what you pay for. Good isn't cheap and Cheap isn't good!
Do you want your parking lights to flash when you arm and dis-arm your alarm?
Most alarms do this as a feature.
Do you want the alarm to sound when someone only opens a door?
Most will do this also, but think about the next question.
Say a stereo thief just breaks your window and crawls through it. What protection do you have now? None!
To protect against this you must have either a Glass breakage sensor and/or a shock sensor.
Glass breakage: it detects the frequency at which glass breaks, there may be other alarm companies that make this product, but to my knowledge Clifford is the only one.
What if the Thief is smart enough to ground out your parking lights, which is possible, blowing the fuses and frying your alarm brain.
To keep this from happening inform the salesman that you want your parking lights fused.
What if for some reason the thief gets your hood up and cuts the positive battery cable.(this happened to a friend of mine who had an accord. The thief bent the hood somehow, peeled it up like an orange peel, and just cut the battery cables and stole all his stereo.
There is a fix to this one. a back up battery siren. I have one on my truck from Clifford. It costed me $90.00 extra, but if someone cuts my wires, that siren will go off for 90 minutes with the power of an internal battery, to turn it off you need a star key(like on a coke machine) or a sledge hammer.
A hood pin switch is a good Idea also so that your alarm will go off once your hood is lifted.
A trunk pin switch is great idea also if your sub-woofers are in the truck.
There are just a few more sensors that I am aware of an interior proximity sensor, which is great for convertibles and Jeeps with soft tops, an exterior proximity sensor, and a tilt sensor.
Interior prox: exactly what it sounds like it protects the inside of your car from anything moving inside.
Exterior Prox: protects your car from anyone getting too close.(My alarm is set to only warn people when they are too close)
Tilt sensor: detects a difference in the level of your vehicle. Like if someone gets into the back of a truck to steal tools or a tool box it will make the alarm go off.
ASK if the alarm has key less entry.(when it is raining this is so nice that I only have to push a button and my doors are unlocked) if your car doesn't have power locks never fear actuators can be added so you can have power locks, but it costs more.
Ask about auto window roll up.
Say you forget to roll up your windows at the push of a button up go your windows.
Ask about remote start. It is a really bad idea for standard transmissions.
wow I can't think of anything else right now, but if you know of something I missed make a comment and I will update this epinion.
I hope this helps you in choosing an alarm by making you aware of features that are available.
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