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Remotes and Keys is committed to sourcing the best quality parts possible. We carry both OEM and replacement products. Obviously the OEM items will be the exact same as if it was bought at the dealership parts counter. The replacement "Generic" items are sourced from factories whose products are far superior to the cheap items you'll find on amazon, ebay, and competitor sites. All remotes are tested on 3 different types of Keyless Entry Testers before they are shipped to you. Some products are checked on specific kinds of testers like smart keys. When there is onboard programming, orders are shipped with programming instructions. Free expert tech support is included with purchases. Batteries are always included with products that use batteries.
What are examples of Aftermarket Systems?
Keyless Entry, Alarm Security, and Remote Start are examples of systems that can be added to vehicles that don't have them from the factory. It could also be that the price for replacing a defective factory unit is price prohibitive and an aftermarket solution is more reasonable.
What does a Car Alarm do?
The reason to have a car alarm is to deter the theft of your personal property within the vehicle and to deter theft of the car. Not all car alarms are the same. Some alarms are triggered by different causes and have various functionalities. Factory car alarms tend to have basic features compared to aftermarket systems.
Factory vs Aftermarket Alarms
Factory car alarms typically come with basic car alarm features only. Usually, just 1-way remote door locks, sometimes 1-way remote start, sometimes starter kill and siren. They are mostly designed to prevent vehicle theft, not to protect your belongings.
Aftermarket alarm systems offer a variety of functionalities that can be installed to increase the security of your car. The installation of an aftermarket car alarm with only basic features can significantly increase security. Be aware that car alarms won’t completely eliminate theft and intrusion. However, the more sophisticated security system that you get installed in your vehicle, the more significantly you will deter criminals from starting trouble with your car. Additional sensors and features such as 2-way remote alerts can be game-changers.
Car Alarm Components
Car alarms have common parts: The control module is the brain of the system located under the dash. The siren makes noise when the system is in a triggered state. The remote or key fob is for controlling the system’s functions. There are many many different kinds of accessories available for aftermarket systems.
System Brain / Control Unit / Control Module / Receiver
The car alarm brain is a computer in a plastic box that gets installed under the dashboard which receives and sends commands. It’s the main component in an aftermarket system. The receiver gets its power from the ignition or car battery and can also be protected by battery backup. All of the parts of the system are connected to the receiver.
An aftermarket siren provides a significantly louder noise than a factory car horn. This will cause more attention from onlookers and decrease the chances of a thief continuing to burgle while the siren is blaring.
Remote Transmitter / Key Fob
Remotes (key fobs) send lock, unlock, and trunk release commands to your the receiver which then sends the signals through the vehicle’s electrical system to perform the function. A 2-way remote key fob can not just send signals but also receive them, alerting you of a possible theft in progress and other information like a door being left open. Some systems allow control via smartphone.
Tilt / Shock Sensor
A shock sensor will be triggered when there is an impact to your car. A tilt sensor will trigger the alarm if your vehicle is towed or jacked. This is a feature that usually doesn’t come with factory systems and is available as an option with most aftermarket systems.
Security LED Light
Car thieves are less likely to break into your vehicle if they see evidence of a security system installed. An interior LED light will let criminals know that you have an aftermarket security system and it would be wise to keep looking for an easier target.
Door trigger Sensing
Door trigger sensing will trigger the alarm if the doors of your vehicle are opened when the security system is armed. Door trigger sensing is not just limited to driver and passenger doors; it can also be used to detect trunk/hatch entry as well as hood entry.
There are additional features that may come with or be added to an aftermarket alarm. Some of these features can be added by simply connecting a wire or turning on a setting in the brain. Others require additional parts and labor. Some are windows roll-down-up, climate controls, and other customizations.