Whether you just bought a used vehicle without an alarm or just decided to opt for the extra security, installing an alarm system into your car is never a bad idea. There are a number of practical benefits, and in some areas, the addition of an alarm system can lower the cost of car insurance.
A car alarm is a fantastic defence against auto theft, and there are a number of alarms available that anyone can simply install in their own car. Though the process is not as simple as an oil change, the installation is surprisingly straightforward, if close attention is paid to the following directions, double-checking along the way.
1. Decide what you need from an alarm system. It is important that you have an idea of what you want from your alarm system and to search based on those preferences. If you just want a simple system, you can get set up with little cost to you. If you want a remote control that will alert you when your alarm is going off and the ability to start or stop your engine remotely, then you can spend much more on an advanced system.
2. Read the Manual. Once you have an alarm system picked out, you need to read the manual for the alarm system and any relevant sections of the vehicle's manual.
It is important to plan out the entire installation before diving into the project. An alarm that does not function correctly is not very useful and is potentially extremely annoying. Disconnect the battery before starting the installation. Be aware of any airbag wiring usually encased in yellow covers and connectors. Do not wire into any airbag circuit.