Do you feel overwhelmed by all of the new car alarm systems? With all of the new technology that has emerged recently, it is perfectly understandable to be confused.
Fret not; this guide was made just for you! Take a look at the top-ten best car alarms on the market today and make your decision.
An inexpensive alarm from a deservedly popular company, the Bulldog 802 produces a loud noise whenever a shock to the vehicle is detected (for example, a broken window caused by a break-in) or when there is a change in the electronic current (someone unlocks the vehicle through the window, rather than with the remote). This model is very easy to install and use, and is only $20. It’s a basic and fairly unremarkable upgrade from the standard universal alarm, which sounds only when manually unlocked through an open window.
The Hornet 740T is a definite step above “basic,” with a whole host of features standing by to defend your car. It offers a remote starter kill, 6 different sirens, a shock sensor, LED status indicator, Clone-Safe(r) Code-Hopping(r), 2 auxiliary outputs, dome light supervision and a parking light flash. The remote starter kill is really where this car alarm shines above a universal alarm. The whole system is relatively inexpensive: it can be purchased for approximately $55.
More expensive than the previous two at $100, the Ready Remote First Defense is fairly similar to the Hornet 740T. It also features a remote starter kill, which can be activated from up to 400 feet away. It has remote headlight control and is surprisingly easy to install, with only 2 wires to keep track of.
This Clifford model runs about $80, depending on the retailer. It offers convenience as well as function, with remote defroster output and a built in turbo timer. It also features the remote starter kill, controlled with a 3 channel start and entry system and 1 auxiliary output.
Viper car alarms are absolutely top of the line, which is reflected in the price: this 350 plus model has an MSRP of $240. It has a number of features similar to the Hornet 740T: Shock sensor, 6 sirens, starter kill, Clone-Safe(r) Code-Hopping(r), LED and dome light supervision and more. However, the Viper 350 Plus has an incredible receiver, which is effective up to a quarter of a mile – leaps beyond any other car alarm system. Combined with the LED status light, there’s no reason anyone should ever be able to make off with your car while you’re within a quarter mile of it.
Falling in the Viper ranks, The Viper 5902V is the newest line from a company known for producing top of the line car alarms. Winner of the CES 2009 Innovations Award for in-vehicle control/OEM integration http://cesweb.org/awards/innovations/2009honorees.asp, Viper is among the highest standards in car security. Their new Responder HD Remote boasts an impressive one-mile range. And, with their new SST technology, the user can be assured that the signal will not be interrupted. The Viper Responder HD is also SmartStart compatible. SmartStart is an app for the iPhone that allows you to access your vehicle information and control it remotely from almost any location. Perhaps the best feature of all, this system was built with the average person in mind. In other words, you don’t have to be an expert to take advantage of all of the features. While this system is the top of the line, it is also the most expensive; on the Viper website http://www.viper.com/P-5902V/Viper-5902-Responder-Hd-Color-Supercode-Sst-2-way-Security-And-Remote-Start-System it has a listed price of $799.99.
Running a close second, the Prestige XR09100 is an excellent system from another well-respected company. The XR09100 also has a maximum range of one mile, and has more bells and whistles than the Viper 5902V. One distinct feature is called City Mode. When the car is put into city mode, the alarm doesn’t go off every time something bumps it. There have to be three seconds of pressure on the sensor before the alarm will sound. However, the vehicle does still send the information to the LCD remote. It also has an anti-hijack trigger, car finder mode and a panic mode, just like the Viper 5902V. Also, just like the Viper, the XR09100 lists for $799.99.
The third most reliable model is the Commando FM-870. The remote has a twenty-five hundred foot range, a code learning receiver and features anti-scan technology. The function that sets this model apart is that it’s totally programmable, although it is somewhat complex. It also comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
The ScyTek Galaxy 5000RS-2W comes with all of the basic features: two-way remote engine start, keyless entry and power door lock control. It has a range of 2,500 feet. It also comes with a temperature sensor and parking light relay. This model retails at $399.99.
And finally comes the AutoPage C3-RS730. While it only has a 500 foot range to the remote, and it is extremely technical to program and install, it is probably the best model for the expert user. This model remote car starter features an on-board serial port which dramatically reduces installation time in late-model vehicles. It also can be integrated into cellular and GPS tracking. And, at a retail price of $239.99, it’s one of the least expensive alarms on the market today.
If you’ve bought a new vehicle and want to upgrade the alarm, there are a number of different car alarm systems available for your consideration. Many of the top-selling alarm systems are from reputable brands such as Bulldog and Viper. Although sometimes expensive, these systems offer extremely thorough protection, which is worth the cost for more valuable cars.