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Insurance companies and alarm approval

Mongoose 5 Star alarm siren. Epic Fail!

It’s no secret that I have no respect the “5 star alarm” rating system and it┬ásickens me to see that Mongoose, and others are still plugging it. Everyone in the industry is aware that it is a misleading guide designed … Continue reading

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Mongoose Test Certification Available Upon Request!

As regular readers will know. The New Zealand Security Association stopped representing vehicle security standards in April 2012. Since then the likes of Mongoose and AVS have continued to use the “Star Rating System” as a sales tool, even though … Continue reading

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Test Certificates

After the demise of the NZSA star rating system back in April 2012 it was always going to interesting to see what the industry would do in terms of regulation. I warned back then that I would not be surprised … Continue reading

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AVS “5 Star” defeated in seconds.

Last week I posted a video of a Uniden “5 Star” alarm that I disarmed in seconds without using the remote as it was left on the default PIN code. Today I was asked to look at an AVS S5 … Continue reading

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Posted in AVS, Insurance Approved, NAC Insurance, Worst Car Alarm | 4 Comments

Most Stolen Cars 2009-2012….

Here we go again…. All the lazy journos are posting stories based on the AA’s insurance statistics for stolen cars. What they all seem to have missed is that the AA are not exactly known for insuring high risk cars. … Continue reading

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Posted in Immobilisers, Insurance Approved, Just for Fun! | 9 Comments

So why do Tower Insurance think you should have a car alarm?

This is the latest TV advert from Tower: Update: They have since deleted the video so you can no longer see it! It seems to suggest that they expect you to have a car alarm for an insurance payout, yet … Continue reading

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Posted in Car Security, Insurance Approved, Just for Fun!, Muppets | 4 Comments

NZSA fail to front up agian!

Feckless, Incompetent, Useless, Compromised, Corrupt. Does anyone actually have a better word which is not in French that summarises the New Zealand Security Association? It is almost April and as of yet the NZSA has failed to front up to … Continue reading

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5 Star Car Alarm Ratings: Is this the final chapter?

It’s no secret that I consider the NZSA 5 Star rating system to be an outdated and misleading guide to what is claimed be be effective vehicle security. Hell, I’ve been asking some blunt questions about he NZSA for the … Continue reading

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Time for the Star rating system to be reviewed?

Last month I reviewed the Mongoose “TA” Toyota Alarm (CA1) and pointed out just how easy it is to defeat. Given this the obvious question is: How on earth did it gain a NZSA 5 star rating? The key point … Continue reading

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Steal Shield SS440, SS440U

The SS440 and SS440U are both rated as a NZSA 4 star and claim to be the cheapest insurance rated alarms in NZ. The U stands for shock sensor which is the only difference between the two models. Feature wise … Continue reading

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Posted in Car Alarms, Insurance Approved, Reviews, StealShield | 7 Comments