You’re after the Best Car Alarm, so why do I not recommend the “Big Names”?
Here is a recent email which is all too common:
Message: Hi, have been reading through some of your posts and see that you have flawed a lot of the big name brands.
I thought I’d explain the misconception as most of the “Big Brands” I do actually rate. It’s important to understand what a big brand is and look at the bigger picture. I tend to recommend big global brands as opposed to small New Zealand brands.
New Zealand is effectively a very small goldfish bowl in a big world
Big Fish, Small Bowl Syndrome!
I know, everyone in New Zealand seems to sell AVS and Mongoose, because if you ask your local car audio shop who makes the best car alarm then you’ll probably hear one of those names. The thing is, you won’t find them for sale outside NZ and Australia?
Put in simple terms, they don’t meet international standards. It’s just that they’ve simply done a good marketing job here in little old NZ. Besides which, most car audio shops are not alarm experts.
There is a very thin line between marketing and bullshit. Because we don’t look at the facts and see that AVS are just re-branded Rhino-Co alarms and Mongoose systems are mainly made in Taiwan or China.
The Best Systems Meet International Standards
The main brands I tend to recommend are Cobra (Vodafone Automotive), Autowatch and Viper. Because these brands meet international standards you’ll find in many other countries.
Which is The Best Car Alarm?
As for which alarm is the best? Well, that really depends on what vehicle you have and what your budget is. Becuase we all have different requirements its best to find out which car you have and treat it on a case by case basis. This is why I like the details to be filled in on the contact page.
Arguably the most important factor is the installation. It’s almost impossible to install a crap alarm to a high standard. This is explained in the review section of the website where you can find my opinions on most alarms and how effective they are.