Tips & Advice
Does installing an aftermarket car alarm void the car warranty?
No. By law, installing an aftermarket car alarm (virtually any aftermarket products) or anti-theft device, provided it is installed correctly, cannot void a warranty. I one is installed incorrectly and it destroys you car’s computer system, that could void the warranty. Generally, aftermarket products cannot void your warranty--within reason. However, installing certain types of alarms can provide a discount on car insurance, and you should check with your agent to see what types of alarm qualifies.
How does a car alarm work?
A car alarm is a series of sensors or trigger devices that, unless disabled, will activate to prevent theft, send a loud warning sound, or initiate a tracking device -- sometimes all three. These can be triggered by touch, like a hit to the body of the car, the opening of a locked car door, breaking of a window, or any attempt to gain access and/or drive the vehicle without using the correct keys or remote control devices.
What is an engine immobilizer?
Engine immobilizers are anti-theft devices that, when triggered, prevent the engine from being started. Unless you have the key or the remote alarm disabler, it won’t allow the car to start, which means it can’t be driven away.
What is a car alarm shock sensor?
A shock sensor, or impact sensor, detects any kind of impact to the body of the car. If someone slams their car door into your car, it can trigger an alarm. Shock-sensor system sensitivity can be adjusted anywhere from mild to extreme. The extremely sensitive systems can be triggered by something as simple as a car driving past.
There are three main types of car alarms, or security systems: alarms, tracking devices, and immobilization. Alarms, as you’ve probably heard going off in your neighborhood, are basic sound warnings. However, a 2016 article in The Atlantic noted that most professional thieves know how to cut and silence those alarms, so it does little to prevent theft. Tracking devices send signals out to a host that checks the location of the car, specifically for use in the event your car is stolen. Immobilization devices are the best forms of anti-theft systems as they prevent the car from being started and driven when triggered.
How much does a car alarm cost?
Most cars now come standard with an alarm or anti-theft system. If yours doesn’t already have one, you can buy a basic car alarm system for a couple-hundred dollars. More complex alarm systems, such as an ignition kill switch, will add more components and labor, so you’ll pay more. Figure out what you want from a system before going in to get estimates, though, as some salespeople will try to upsell you. Also know that an alarm cannot prevent your car from being stolen.
Is window tint applied to the outside or inside of the car window?
Window tint film is typically applied to the inside of your car window. The film is first laid across the outside of the car window, and it's cut to fit the window's dimensions. Then the trimmed piece of tint film is installed on the inside of the car window.
What are the benefits of tinted windows?
Tinted windows offer several benefits. They can reduce the amount of heat in a car's cabin by as much as 50 percent, and this can lighten your fuel bill by making you less reliant on air conditioning in hot weather. Tinted windows block UV light, and this can protect drivers and passengers from sunburn and skin cancer. Also, tinted windows protect the components of a car's cabin from being faded by the sun.
Ceramic tint is a type of film used to darken windows. Ceramic tint is a high-quality product, and it's typically the most expensive type of film tint on the market. This type of tint contains a ceramic particle that nonconductive and nonmetallic, and it can reduce solar heat within your car's cabin by as much as 50 percent.
A limo tint is one of the darkest tints available on the market. A limo tint has a VLT of just 5 percent. This means that the tint allows just 5 percent of exterior light to enter the car's cabin. A limo tint on the front side windows is illegal in all states except Michigan.