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im wondering whats the difference between a $1000 alarm system like Clifford and a cheaper alternative like Toad?
Im after a new alarm for the car and have about £200 to spend.
is there much difference between say a Toad and a lesser known brand like Laserline? ive been looking around and many of the cheaper ones in the £200 region have exactly the same spec, its hard to decide what to go for


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the car already has a factory CAT1 immobiliser

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yeah thx for all the info guys


ive booked car in for a toad alarm tomorrow! :)
 

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some of the more expensive alarms (such as clifford) actually have a monetary guarantee that they will work. if the alarm gets bypassed and your shit gets stolen, they'll pay you however much $$$ is part of their guarantee. one of my friend's clifford alarm pays him back i think USD$2000 or so

also, check out this alarm company... www.compustar.org
 

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Cliffords sirens are far superior. They have a built in battery and will sound when the wire to the brain is cut or a loss of connection is sensed. The brain and siren are in constan contact, sending signals back and forth. Other alarms just send power through the wires when the alarm is tripped. They won't go off if the wire is cut and will stop if already sounding. Thus making it quite easier to steal.

Clkifford has many different features others dont. Go look it up.

The install is the key to all alarms. If at all possible try to wrap any wires going through the firewall with wire loom. Try to have them install the brain in a spot other than the drivers side kick pannel. Mount the siren up out of the way of reach from under the car...etc.
 

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also, don't have the main alarm module system grounded to the siren ground... one cut and they're both dead. make sure you have a backup siren installed as well.
 

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hey guys, its fitted now! had to wait 4hrs though!
quite happy with the job, he had to take apart my centre console though to get to the remote locking relay! he wired the alarm wiring ino the loom so you dont know which wires is the alarms.
gona add the microwave sensor when i asve more £££ so car chirps when someone comes near it.
the doors lock too when i start the car up and unlock then i turn car off, nice touch.
 

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nice :) i like the locking/unlocking thing. . . very nice for when you're driving through *those* neighborhoods. . . glad you're satisfied.. how much did it run you? £200?
 

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just dont have it on auto activate then leave the keys in the car....happened to me i had the keys in the car but the window was open thank the man!!! i payed 500 for mines complete with 2way pager ...prestige..
 

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yeah cost me £200 fitted
the doors lock auto 10secs after you start the car but when you open a door it disarms the feature so you dont lock yourself out

i can add anything to the module, i got told to stay away from the glass smash sensor cos theyre too sensitive, just a slight tap onthe galss and they go off
 

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i love my galss sensor..it is sensitive so if you park in the street dont get it but its fine if you park off street
 

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if a glass smash sensor is added to an alarm, is it possible to arm the alarm without arming this particular sensor, therefore adapting it to wherever the car's parked?
 

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here's more than a couple sites for you:

http://www.compustar.org/
http://www.clifford.com/
http://www.caralarms.org/
http://www.howstuffworks.com/car-alarm.htm
http://www.blackwidowsecurity.com/
http://www.car-alarms.com/
http://www.commandoalarms.com/
http://www.powerlock.com/

http://directory.google.com/Top/Recreation/ Autos/Audio_and_Alarms/ has a decent list as well. . .

you could always check the Open Directory @ the following URL:
http://dmoz.org/Recreation/Autos/Audio_and_Alarms/

also, check your local shops for more information. there's people there you can talk to who can answer any questions you have as well...
 
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