Car alarm systems are essential for anybody moving to a big city. However, some people may struggle to find the alarm system that suits their car. Some individuals may want an active unit while others may prefer a passive system. However, anyone moving to the big city for the first time will massively benefit from a passive alarm system.
In fact, individuals moving to a more urban environment may also want to install a two-way paging system alongside their passive alarm. Individuals who add a paging system vastly improve the quality of their alarm and more effectively protect it from theft.
Benefits of a Passive Car Alarm
Some car owners assume that an active car alarm system is superior to a passive system. However, the truth about passive car alarms is that they provide many benefits that drivers don't get with active systems. For example, people who often forget to turn their alarm system will appreciate the automatic activation and deactivation of a passive alarm system.
In fact, each passive car alarm includes a microchip installed directly into a car's key. Whenever a person locks a vehicle after leaving it, the passive car alarm will automatically activate the system. Likewise, the moment a person unlocks a car, the microchip will deactivate the alarm. As a result, drivers never have to activate their alarm separately.
Just as importantly, passive alarm systems provide other benefits for a car's safety. For example, passive alarm systems will disable the ignition of a vehicle if somebody tries to use a key that doesn't have a microchip. Just as importantly, some passive alarm systems will lock the wheels if somebody breaks into the car.
Drawbacks of a Passive Car Alarm
While passive car alarms provide many benefits to car owners, drawbacks do exist. For example, passive alarm systems may malfunction if a car's computer system shorts out. When the computer shorts out, the passive alarm may deactivate or activate randomly and make the car impossible to start.
Passive car alarms are also harder to turn off in some instances than active systems. For example, if a baseball breaks the window of a car protected by an active alarm, merely pushing the deactivation button will turn it off. With passive car alarms, the alarm may continue to go off until the key with the microchip is inserted into the ignition of the vehicle.
Reasons to Add a Two-Way Paging System
Two-way paging systems are a unique addition to a passive car alarm system. These units provide a communication method between the alarm system and the car owner's key fob. When something goes wrong with a car, such as a broken window, the exact problem will be communicated to the car owner using a small screen on the fob.
The benefits of a two-way paging system on a passive car alarm are huge. For example, most paging systems provide coverage for up to a mile, which provides the driver with a higher degree of protection in a dense city population. Just as importantly, the fob can let the driver assess the problem and deactivate the alarm as needed to keep the car safe.
Influences on Your Car Insurance
When a car owner adds a passive car alarm and a two-way paging system to their vehicle, they offset insurance increases they may experience when they move to the city. Often, insurance companies increase an owner's rates if they move to a large city. These companies argue that bigger cities are more prone to crime and that higher prices are appropriate.
However, a passive system paired with a two-way paging unit is likely to decrease a person's insurance rate. Insurance providers understand the theft-prevention power of passive alarms. Therefore, insurance companies often reduce a person's premium due to the presence of the system.
Don't hesitate to contact X-Pert Tint and Auto Alarms to learn more about these units.