Car Alarm Installation: DIY or Professional Installers?


Professional vehicle service centres and garages will be familiar with all aspects of car alarm installation. A reputable business with great reviews is the safest and of course, having someone who does it for a living is the easiest way to have a new alarm installed in your auto. However, it is obviously the more expensive route. Bear in mind, just because someone says they are a professional does not necessarily mean they are. Likewise, hanging out a shingle does not make a business trustworthy. Word of mouth is probably the best way to select the person or business with which to trust your car.

When to Choose Professional Car Alarm Installation

Purchasing an alarm is much easier now with all of the retail and/or wholesale outlets on the Internet. Finding the best, most reliable car alarm for the best price is less difficult with comparison shopping and user reviews right at your fingertips. However, some professionals will not install an alarm purchased elsewhere. They may prefer to install only those models they are familiar with and sell in-shop. If a good warranty for the alarm and all of its components along with the installation is your primary concern and money is no object, then having a professional car alarm installer do the job makes the most sense.

Do-It-Yourself Car Alarm Installation

DIY car alarms installation is certainly the most affordable route, but complications may arise making the job take twice as long. It is important to choose a quality auto alarm with clear and easy to read instructions. Car Alarm InstallationWith the plethora of models on the market today, selecting one may be confusing. Back in the old days, alarms were pretty simple. All doors were protected with overly sensitive shock sensors and an annoyingly loud siren. Today’s alarms are quite sophisticated with innovative engineering, giving auto owners more options for thwarting theft.

There are some good system-to-vehicle DIY kits with everything you need included. A wire-to-wire, systematic installation guide that shows exactly which wire in the alarm goes to which wire in the car, where to find that wire and how to use the included test probe to verify each wire comes in handy. Make sure the kit has all the wiring, hardware, connectors, split-loom etc. Certain vehicles require relays, resistors and diodes; make sure these are supplied. Choose a brand with a technical support hotline and an excellent warranty and replacement parts. Find a retailer with kits designed for your particular vehicle and you may find some optional add-ons that pertain to your particular auto you will want to purchase. If you have any questions, now is the time to ask.

Alarm Features Information

The new GSM (Global System for Mobiles) system is now the standard communication platform for sending and receiving mobile phone calls and alarms based on this development put the power of modern technology in your hand, literally. These systems will call your cell phone and even allow you to listen to activity in and around your car. The most awesome feature of all is the ability to cut your auto’s engine with a push of a button, and talk to the thief. Simple car alarms that can be remotely activated up to 3,000 feet away, start your engine, and unlock/lock your doors are pretty cool to have for convenience. Soon these high-tech alarms will have GPS (Global Positioning System) functionality to precisely pinpoint the car to a geographical locations with satellite guidance. This will allow you to track your vehicle via cell phone.

Other cool features to look for are a 2-way LCD paging remote that chimes or vibrates to notify you if the system is triggered and sounds the alarm. A 5-button standard 1-way remote, preferably with the maximum range possible with a keyless entry lock and unlock. A pre-wired start and kill circuit to prevent the car from being started with the key or hot-wired if the alarm is tripped. A plug-in shock sensor is a necessary component to prevent accidental light bumps from triggering the alarm. Flashing parking lights to indicate the system remote has been used or the alarm is activated. An anti-carjacking system that will trigger the alarm if a door is opened while the vehicle is running after the lock and unlock buttons are pressed simultaneously on the remote.

Buying Advice

Once you have decided which alarm you want, you will have to carefully consider if you are technically able enough to install it or whether you need to get a few estimates from reputable car alarm installers. Should you decide to tackle the job, having your auto’s electrical schematic is an excellent idea if you did not buy an all-inclusive kit. If you no longer have your car’s service manual, there are Internet sites that may have it free online. Print it out or save it to a laptop and take it out to the car with you. Allow double the time you think it will take, but you may breeze through the job. Without doubt, a DIY car alarm system installation done right will save you a bundle of money.

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