Most of the well established car security names in New Zealand don’t actually make car alarms. This list includes Mongoose, AVS and Dynatron, all of whom have a range of CAN-BUS alarms.
They simply purchase them elsewhere and re-brand them. It’s been happening for years. Back in 2003 they set up the “Star rating system” to suit their own products, in what I perceive to have been a greedy attempt to monopolise the New Zealand and Australian market with sub standard systems.
The problem for them now is that most of their outdated re-brand systems don’t work well with many of the new vehicles coming out. Without the NZSA star rating system to hide behind they have taken to importing CAN-BUS alarms from Europe and are doing their usual trick of re-branding them to their own company names again.
The latest trend seems to be that they are claiming that these systems meet European standards which just like the old Star Rating systems sounds rather good, at least on paper! The question is are these standards actually worth anything or is it just the usual smoke and mirrors?
Certificates – Quality Guarantee or more Bullshit like the Star Rating System?
Now I’m not disputing that most of these systems have some vague form of European certification, but I am going to ask if this means the alarm systems are any good? My view point has always been that if an alarm system is good enough to be sold in the UK (which is a big market) then it probably needs to meet with Thatcham Standards. Why would you exclude your system if it was good enough to pass their tests?
A full list of Thatcham approved systems can be found here: http://www.thatcham.org/files/pdf/compliance.pdf (Jump to Page 39 for Current CAT 2-1 listings)
Now to make things easy I’m going to list the re-branded CAN-BUS alarms that are available in New Zealand along with who manufactures them:
- Dynatron Digital Systems = Re-branded Kodinis Raktas made in Lithuania
- AVS C series = Re-branded Tytan made in Poland
- Mongoose MAP70 = Re-branded Tytan made in Poland
Note: None of these brands appear on the Thatcham website.
So who is testing these? From doing my own tests I’d be more likely to slap someone then to issue a bloody certificate! Here is my test of the AVS C5:
So which CAN-BUS alarms do I recommend?
Easy, the ones that are not re-brands of cheap systems sold by clowns intent on misleading everyone about the bullshit “Standards”.
It’s akin to taking part in a school sports day event, coming last yet still getting a badge for taking part, then putting your own sticker over the badge and pretending that you are a winner!