Posted on | February 1, 2012 | Comments Off
The Pitfalls of a Cheap Car Alarm
As with a lot of things that are for sale nowadays, the adage you get what you pay for is also very true for car alarms. The pitfalls of buying a cheap car alarm can result in frustration at the very least, to having your car stolen from a “secure” location because the car alarm you had been relying on did not do its job.
The number one pitfall in buying a cheap car alarm is that they can easily be disabled or bypassed by an experienced thief. It’s true that if a dedicated thief particularly wants your car, he (or she?) will find a way to make off with your prized possession. However, making it harder for that thief to get away in your car may spell the difference between a close encounter and thousands of dollars in lost investment. This is especially true if you have a lot of gadgets invested in your car, such as GPS navigation, a radar detector, LCD displays and a multi-speaker sound system.
While cheap car alarms nowadays have features that were considered high end several years ago, engine immobilizers, auto arming, light warning and other features may not work reliably down the road. The pitfall of a cheap car alarm is that they will work fine for the first 6 months, if at all, and then start to give you grief by constantly giving false alarms or immobilizing the owner himself at the most inopportune moments. Additionally, cheap systems do not give the degree of adjustability that well-calibrated systems offer, so that false positives are reduced. Nothing is more annoying than a car the keeps on blaring for no apparent reason at all.
Nowadays, a lot of people are justifiably annoyed and irritated at the sound of car alarms because a lot of these are false. A recent independent study has shown that only five percent of car alarms that are triggered are actually necessary. The rest are false alarms. It will not be a surprise to discover that most of these false triggering is the result of overly sensitive car alarms whose settings cannot be adjusted. Over time, the owner will just disconnect the system due to embarrassment, or annoyance, or both. The pitfall in buying a cheap car alarm may not be obvious when you first buy it but if in the long run you stop using an unreliable system, then you will just have thrown your money away.