Due To All Of the Requests From Our Visitors, ALARMTEK Is Now Telling It Like It Is, On The Subject Of Car Security Systems.
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"Ok, You keep asking about Self Contained Alarms So...."
Just a few comments on the "self conatained" type of car alarm systems some of you are installing into your vehicles.
This is what I like about them.____________
That being said, I still can't see why you would bother with them. Some feel that they are a deterent, but as you know by now, when a car siren goes off, you don't even look twice. Since most, if not all of these systems are installed totally under the hood of the vehicle, all you'll have here is a noise generator. They all come with outputs for starter kill, but it does require a relay on the output, and some cutting to do it right. Most first time installers just power the system, relying on the internal shock sensor, and current sensor, to detect battery drain to trigger the alarm. Since we know most people ignore the sirens, and a thief can disable it in less time than it takes to say "why did I install this piece of X@$%^$! in the first place?", I suggest an underdash unit everytime. It takes a bit more time and effort, but worth it. You also have many more convenience features, as well as add on sensor options with an underdash unit, then the self contained types.
ALARMTEK ONLINE, will supply you with the proper method to install it, and provide the correct wire colors and locations in your vehicle, so you can do it yourself! The only reason you have now for installing one of these "noise makers" is your looking to save money......
but are you? Think about it.
Come on! You put alot of money into you car or truck,
a few extra bucks to truely protect it is not unreasonable!
On the subject of:
Some alarms are great, some are'nt, but most do the same
things, (ie; keyless entry, starter disable, siren etc....)
It's what "behind" the product that should be considered
when shopping for vehicle security. Here are some handy
guidelines that might help you on the way to your purchase.
A MONTH AGO, WE INSTALLED THE NEWEST MODEL FROM
MICROALARM, The CS2003 REMOTE START/ALARM COMBO, AND IT WORKS AS WELL AS EVER. IT WENT INTO A 2002 FORD F 150 SUPER DUTY PICK UP , AND IS WORKING AS TOUTED! GREAT WORK GUYS! WE JUST LOVE THE WAY THIS THING WORKS! STAY IN TOUCH AND LET US KNOW WHAT ELSE YOU COME UP WITH! MOST IMPRESSIVE.
I REALLY LIKE THE RANGE AND THE REMOTES ON THIS ONE. THE BUILT IN
SECOND STARTER WIRE AND DRIVERS DOOR PRIORITY LOCKING OUTPUTS
SHOWS YOU ACTUALLY LISTEN TO YOUR CUSTOMERS REQUESTS.
4.5 STARS FOR THIS SYSTEM. (.5 OFF FOR NO LCD PAGING SYSTEM YET! STILL WAITING FOR YOUR SLANT ON IT.)
OVER ALL, A BEST BET IN MY BOOK FOR THE BACKYARD INSTALLER.
Presented by JP Audio & Security
Since the early 90s we have heard Viper this, Viper that on the street, but in the car security world, it's more like DEI or DIE...(DEI being the abbreviated name for Viper's manufacturer Directed Electronics). But why?
Being a private alarm installer when people ask me do I have Viper it almost sickens me, I mean I'm tired of hearing that. No I don't carry their stuff is my reply...But why is everyone so brainwashed into thinking the word alarm is synonymous with Viper? It's because of marketing, you gotta hand it to DEI, they put their product all over the place at the right time and pretty much dubbed anything dealing with car security their invention, not to say they are not innovators, but surely everything did not originate with them...Take a look at the company that DEI buys their circuit boards for their Viper brain modules, a little company called Micro who has been in this game for ages as well, but do they get the credit? NO!
Granted, if you walk into a shop and buy a Viper installed, you get a lifetime warranty from DEI and no matter what, that shop has to fix your alarm in the event of malfunction, but what if you're not buying it at a shop, what if you want to use that thing we call the Internet to purchase your alarm and install it yourself?
To me, blatantly and blindly going for only DEI products on the web is a waste of your hard earned money since if you're not an authorized dealer like say, the local Best Buy, then you SOL for the warranty, so where does that leave the actual Viper product (brain, remotes, wiring etc...) in it's separation apart from the rest? Nowhere is the answer, you can buy a product for about half the price on the web as a Viper and get friendlier, easier to understand installation instructions, different looking products, newer and fresher designs and you're not getting a shop warranty anyway so why pay double...oh and try contacting DEI for tech support and you're not a dealer, good luck! However, on the web, you get fast friendly advice on the spot, some websites even do step by step with you on installation, try getting that from DEI.
Take a look at the Micro CS2003 remote start/alarm system and take a look at the Viper 550ESP, both remote start your vehicle, both offer keyless entry, a number of aux outputs, hood and trunk protection, (2) 4-button remotes, starter kill output, parking lights flash, the list goes on and on, they are pretty much dead on par with each other, only thing is, you can pay $99.95 + shipping for a CS2003 and about $399 + parts installed at a Viper dealer or about $350 + shipping on EBay for the Viper 550, hmmm, now which do I want? What people are getting themselves into here is the name of the product, it's like buying aspirin, why buy Tylenol for $6 a bottle when u can buy the Wal-Mart brand with all the same active ingredients in it (not to mention clears up your headache) for $3 less? Some people do, I don't...I mean consider this, both alarms are installed by the same installer and of the same quality of install, is your car going to be any more well protected if you have the word Viper on your remote than if you have the word Micro? No, the vehicle will still flash and blare a siren if the window is smashed and door opened, they will both have a starter kill relay immobilize the car and so on....Point is, at this stage in the alarm game, pretty much all of the stuff is at about the same level and depending on quality (I mean don't go on eBay and see an alarm with 2-way pager for $30 and think it's the same as the high end Vipers or Audiovox Prestige units, be for real), you're getting the same thing, so why pay twice as much?
Speaking of 2-way Paging alarms, let's take a gander at them...Viper 791XV vs. Prestige APS-996, both have an LCD transmitter pager, both have an extra 4-button remote, both have all of the same stuff, I can get a Prestige APS-996 for about the half the price installed as a Viper 791XV, why? I'll tell you why, because one says Viper on it and one say Prestige...and nobody in the alarm business can tell you that Prestige sucks or isn't in Viper's class because that would be a lie. The information is out there to prove everything I am saying...Oh did I mention I can get an Ultrastart 4255TL with just about all the same features as both of those aforementioned alarms online for about $190 bucks? Oh, and the ultrastarter will do everything the Viper will do only do it from a lot further away, range baby, range.
Bottom line here folks is this, we can all stop the madness about the DEI line of alarms, they are good, but so is almost everybody else, and everybody else's prices are way cheaper, and if you take a little time to read and research your vehicle's wires and such, give yourself a little time to complete the install, you can pick exactly what you want, install it yourself and save yourself about $250 or more! Get it from a guy like Bob over at www.caralarmz.com he'll sell you any of the alarm's I've mentioned for a fraction of the price, hook you up with your vehicle's wiring chart for free with it and if you need tech help with installing the alarm he'll have an instant messaging session with you! Now let's see DEI do that!
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