Let me explain why I only install security systems that I supply and why you’d be a fool to purchase one without installation.
First off it’s vital to select the right system for your car. Asking how much an alarm costs is like asking how long a piece of string is! Each car is different and generally we as individuals often have unique requirements. Part of my job is to find out what you require and give you some options about the most suitable system for you, your car and your budget. In other words there is not a one size fits all system and much of my work is very customised.
I also believe that you are more likely to get a decent installation if you purchase an alarm from the same person that will be installing it. Why? Well they are more likely to recommend an alarm that they have knowledge of which should make for a smoother install. More importantly is the fact that you will only have one person to deal with in the event of a warranty claim, regardless of any excuses about it being an installation or product issue you are more likely to get it resolved quickly if you only have one person/company to take care of things.
Personally, I don’t have much time for suppliers who sell alarms without installation, especially any system claiming to be of insurance standard. When was the last time you spotted a Cobra or Autowatch alarm for sale on Trade Me? The whole point of an insurance rated alarm is that someone suitably qualified should install it.
Actually the Trade Me list of alarms is almost the same as my list of systems to avoid!
I’m also slightly fussy about who I work for. Most of my customers are fantastic and tend to appreciate the effort I make. It’s those who look to do things on the cheap that don’t really grasp what is involved, let alone have the brains to work out that I can actually purchase the alarm at a better price then what they can buy it for.
So if you have just had this post emailed to you then it’s probably because I’m over explaining why I don’t wish to install the alarm you have just purchased elsewhere.