So with the NZSA Star rating system for car alarms and immobilisers now dead and buried it’s been interesting seeing what others are up to. Mongoose has simply adopted the “Star Rating System” as their own and dropped the NZSA logo part!
Then there is the www.5starcaralarms.co.nz website that has their own “approved installers” and star rating system which I really don’t need to make any comments about other than noting that Mongoose has lost their “star rating”!
AVS, Dynatron and Stealshild (and numerous others) still list their products as being NZSA Star rated, and a quick search for alarms on “Trade Me” shows 157 alarm products with installers claiming to be NZSA members!
Now I’ll be the first to admit that it can take time to update a website, my one, after all, is a monster with many pages that I’ve been attempting to update one at a time and it is a tedious process! But I have to say it is disappointing to see how slowly everyone else is adapting which can only lead to confusion and ultimately a situation where the alarm buying public are still getting mislead!
The NZSA website now states:
But as of yet, this is not the case as the MTA has yet to decide if they will go ahead and first need to investigate what the most viable options are if any! I know this as I had a meeting with them last week so am at least in the loop. I promise to post any new information up here as and when it happens.
Your Alarm Immobiliser Check Lists.
Rather than jump on the “Let’s create my own Star rating system that means Jack Shit” bandwagon, I felt it would be more constructive to create an honest guide to what makes an alarm/immobiliser effective.
Introducing the alarm feature checklists. There is one for “4 and 5 stars” systems, one for Immobilisers and another for Upgrade (PLIP) alarms.
Check Lists below:
Alarm/Immobiliser Check List (Covers 4 & 5 Star remote alarms)
Upgrade Alarm Check List (Covers OEM Upgrade/PLIP Alarms)
Hopefully, this will help create some clarity.
Feedback is most welcome 🙂