Car alarms and auto security, in general, is often the subject of negative news articles and in some cases, the theme for a joke. That is because for years, car alarms have been criticized for false alarms, failures, and in some cases inflicting damage to the electrical system of vehicles. To this all we have to say is you get what you pay for and not a cent more! In fact, after being in the business for over three decades, I can tell you that 98% of all car alarm system failures we have seen were caused by poor installation. Yes, like the ones you get from those guys that do mobile service! You would not meet your dentist in a parking lot for a checkup, would you? Neither should you have anyone install an auto security system under the hot South Florida sun! To ensure accuracy and quality of installation, we recommend that all car alarm installation service be conducted indoors by a trained professional and authorized dealer.
I know that after all the fake Russian collusion claims the FBI and its integrity are now in question. However, if we are going to pay attention to FBI stats, you should not be paying attention to the mainstream media and pay more attention to what insurance companies and the local newscast is reporting! The reality is that even with all the technology available on today’s vehicle’s more than eight million car, trucks and SUV’s are stolen and or vandalized in the United States on an annual basis. So, you have a choice to make. Are you going to be a victim of an auto thief or vandalism, or are you going to protect your vehicle with a professionally installed aftermarket auto security system?
Although this may sound simple, choosing the best aftermarket car alarm systems for your car, truck and or SUV may prove to be more difficult than anticipated! Just as you often see on TV, every other mobile carrier is claiming that they are the best, the same goes for aftermarket car alarms. We foresee that very shortly the entire internet, and all social media platforms will get labeled fake news. That is because we find that it has become more and more difficult to find honest reviews and rating on products, especially when it comes to top car alarm systems. If you are familiar with what has been available in the market for the last three or four decades, you are probably with brands like Viper, Clifford, Avital. Since the 80’s these three brands are responsible for protecting more vehicles than any other.
Without a doubt, Viper is the most recognized name in vehicle security and auto remote start systems in the market today. Recognized as an industry leader in cloud-connected car technology, this is a company which anyone and everyone who has ever looked into getting a car alarm has heard. With that said, it might not have been your first choice at the time, especially during the 80s, the 90s, and early 2000s, due to its considerably higher cost when compared to low-cost brands like Prestige, AutoPage, and Excalibur, but one of the best then and still today. The current line up of products addresses every slot from a budget and technology perspective. However, make sure your Viper Car Alarm system is installed by an authorized dealer!
For many years Clifford was the preferred auto alarm system for those who love their vehicle. From day one, the company brought an array of unique, highly sophisticated technologies to the table that no one has been able to match and or rival. One of the best-known features of the Clifford security system was its dual zone shock sensor which gives you a short, but loud shirp, letting you know that a professional security system was protecting the vehicle. This feature could also be extended to a perimeter sensor that would warn you as you got close to the vehicle but set the alarm off if you put your hand inside.
Other well-known features from Clifford is the coded valet switch. All auto security system must (should) have a valet or override switch or button. By putting the key in the ignition to the run position and pressing the button, you can disarm or put the alarm to sleep. That is not the case for a Clifford system where you have to enter a given sequence to disarm the alarm.
One other feature that is worth mentioning and why, in our opinion, Clifford is one of the best aftermarket car alarm in the market today is the carjacking feature. Very popular with those that drive hot rods and exotic vehicles the carjacking feature allows you to hand over the vehicle to any would-be thieve and if a special sequence is not entered in the valet switch within 1 minute of the car starting to drive the vehicle dies. If the features of the Clifford car alarm system are important to you give us a call to discuss everything the Clifford has to offer you!
Although today Avital is part of the DEI group of companies, it is important to give credit where credit is due. Since back in the heydays of the car alarm, and when everybody had to have one, Avital has been know and continues to be known as a budget-friendly highly reliable security system. There is going to come the time when you don’t need remote stating, carjacking, perimeter sensor, or a for or five-button remote. When this situation arrives, and the focus of your purchase is reliability and affordability, an Avital car alarm system should be at the top of your list! As says this is a no-frills, very well build and technically savvy auto security system that will provide basic protection, keyless entry, and even an extra channel for truck release and or remote start without the sticker price of the systems as mentioned above.
If you want to buy the best car alarm system for your vehicle, you should consider any one of these. One thing we will tell you in advance is that although these are different brand, today, they are all owned by one company, Directed Electronics or DEI the largest designer and marketer in North America of consumer-branded vehicle security and remote start systems. That was not always the case, but soon after DEI when public, the company started acquiring everyone who in their eye they saw as a threat or competitor. In our opinion, the acquisition of Clifford was the most meaningful. That is because they allowed the company to retain its identity and technology while providing consistency in the manufacturing process, sometimes lacking during the early days of the company.