Why Use a Car Alarm?
We all recognize the sound of a car alarm. It is not uncommon to hear the loud sirens blaring in the middle of the night. Most of us ignore the sound and keep sleeping; the sound has almost become the soundtrack of the city. This is why it is so important that the car alarms of the 21st century do more than simply blast a siren into the night air.
Many car alarms, such as the Viper, Python and Avital models, are a complete car security system. They are comprehensive alarms that will sound when there is any disturbance to your vehicle. After the alarm sounds, a detailed message is sent to your remote to alert you of the condition of your car. And rather than simply having a siren, these car alarms have a feature called a starter-kill. This will allow you to stop your car’s engine from running and effectively prevent any attempts to steal your vehicle.
Auto vehicle security systems have sensors throughout the car. Whether the door is opened, a window is broken or even if someone attempts to jack to car to take the tires, the alarm will sound and you will be alerted immediately. The remotes have detailed messages and displays that show exactly what is happening to your car.
Car Alarms: What to Look For
With so many different aftermarket alarms available, we looked at all the best manufacturers, feature sets and designs. We also compare car alarm systems: how they performed and the range of the remotes. We graded all the car security systems on the following criteria:
In this section we look at all the different options that are included with the car alarms. We look for features like keyless entry, trunk release and starter-kill options. The remote start option is one of the most useful functions.
The car alarm remote can start your car from hundreds of feet away. The air conditioner or heater will turn on and help make the car more comfortable when it is extremely hot or cold outside. The engine will run for a predetermined amount of time before shutting off and, unless a key is inserted into the ignition, the car cannot be put into gear without the engine turning off.
In this section we review how well each car security system feature works. We look at the advertized and actual ranges of the remotes. We also review how easy it is to use the remote and perform all the different functions.
Help & Support
In this section we test and review all the customer support options offered by the manufacturers. We list all the different avenues for obtaining support and we report on the car alarm warranties. This is also where we discuss how easy it is to install and the usefulness of the user manuals included with the products.
For more information be sure to read our articles on car alarms.