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Audio Express Car Alarm Systems

How to Choose the Perfect Car Alarm System

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On July 30, 2017
  • alarm system, antitheft, Audio Express, Code Alarm, Viper Alarm
For most people, a vehicle is like a second home. It’s a place we spend a lot of our time on any given day. The addition of a car alarm is a good way to help protect your investment and your belongings. Today, car alarms are easier than ever to use and provide you with incredible functionality, such as arming or disarming the alarm and locking or unlocking your doors from your smartphone, all while protecting your vehicle from auto theft and vandalism. Modern Conveniences Choosing a car alarm is a lot like choosing an alarm for your home, and it is important to know what features you want. Today’s car alarms can give you information about your car’s condition, keep your car from starting through a kill switch, and with the addition of the correct sensors, can notice motion within the vehicle, alert you if the windows are broken and even alert you if your vehicle tilts (in cases of towing or being picked up and moved). Additionally, car alarms can include GPS location monitoring and can link directly to your smart phone, allowing you to check your vehicle no matter where you are as long as you have a cell phone signal. Many times, people think their factory remote is an alarm because the horn honks. This is far from the truth, and gives too many consumers a false sense of security. Most factory systems do not offer a shock sensor, meaning people can break the window and steal your belongings and cause significant damage to your vehicle. Content theft is a common occurrence, and simply having an aftermarket alarm, with the flashing LED light as a warning, can really help deter potential thieves. Don’t become their next victim and risk higher insurance rates, protect your car with an alarm. Some insurance companies even offer discounts when you vehicle is protected with an aftermarket system! Prices to Fit Any Budget At Audio Express, we offer several car alarm systems at a wide range of prices and features. One of our recommended vehicle security systems is the Code Alarm CA1053. This system comes with four remote controls and a 125-decibel siren that can stand up to the elements. Additionally, this system offers a silent mode that alerts you discreetly, as well as a hijack mode that lets you kill the engine without causing damage to your vehicle. Another great system is the Viper Alarm 3606V that has a six-tone, 120 dB siren to alert you to trouble. This system senses vibration and unauthorized door openings, and if your system is armed your car won’t be able to start without the key fob disarming it. Another great feature that can be added to a car alarm system is remote start. Gone are the days of getting into an ice cold or boiling hot vehicle. With a remote start system all you have to do is push a button and your car will start up (even if you are thousands of miles away with the smartphone upgrade module). We have you covered with great car alarms with integrated remote start systems from both Viper and Code Alarm. Audio Express For more information, or any questions, visit one of our many Audio Express locations and speak with one of our trained auto technicians today! Can’t make it into our store, no worries! Any questions you have can be answered through our feature, and don’t forget to check out our current specials! And remember, we offer the lowest install prices available!
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Audio Express Protect Your Car From Theft

Is Your City a Hot Bed For Car Theft? Tips To Keep Your Vehicle Safe

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On July 5, 2017
  • anti-theft, Audio Express, car alarm, grand theft auto, keyless entry, theft
It seems car theft is on the rise again, and according to an article by U.S. News last December, Albuquerque now has the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of car theft. Check out the article to see if your city is in the top 10. Either way, it’s a good idea to protect your car from theft no matter where you live. Car theft is as likely in Manchester, MO, as in Phoenix, AZ. Here are some tips and tricks on how to protect your car. Inconvenience Most car thieves are looking for a quick and easy car to steal. If it looks like your car will take too long to steal, they’ll often move on. When parked, leave all windows closed and your doors locked. Never leave your car running when unattended. Also, never leave your keys in the car. Park in well-lit, high-traffic areas where thieves don’t want to be seen. Install an Anti-Theft System There are a variety of anti-theft systems available on the market today, and each has advantages and disadvantages. Cheap and simple: The Club and similar devices are a visible deterrent to car thieves, and marketed by claiming it will take some work to get your vehicle moving. Unfortunately, these devices are very easy to bypass. Highly technical: Another option is a hidden kill switch that blocks power to your starter. Unfortunately, while this is highly effective, it is expensive to have professionally done versus buying a good alarm system, and you don’t get any convenience features like keyless entry or remote start. If done wrong as a DIY project, it can lead to potential expensive repairs. Technical and efficient: The best route to go for protecting your vehicle is a quality alarm system. A system like the Viper Alarm 5305V is a great choice because of all of the features and options. The Failsafe Starter Kill, for example, works much like a kill switch, but instead of being controlled by a hidden switch, it’s automatically activated when your alarm is activated. The Stinger Double Guard Shock Sensor will trigger a warning tone on a light bump to the vehicle, and a full alarm with a heavy bump. And, the 5305V will allow you to lock and unlock your vehicle, PLUS start it with the push of a button. Another great feature you can add to this system is the Viper SmartStart module, which gives you access to your car’s alarm system through your smart phone. Upgrade to the Viper SmartStart module with GPS and you can keep track of your vehicle’s location. False Sense of Security: Don’t be fooled! Many times, people mistake their factory convenience system for a security system, because it honks the horn. Most of these systems have no shock sensor, meaning your vehicle is wide open to content theft. Anyone passing by, can easily break a window, and steal your radio, laptop, or anything else left in your vehicle while you’re away. Audio Express Stop by any of our Audio Express stores and consult one our Car Audio Professionals for information on our low install rates. And if you have any questions, just Ask Lui.
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Audio Express Keyless Entry

Five Things You Need to Know about Keyless Entry

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On July 3, 2017
  • alarm, anti-theft, Audio Express, keyless entry, theft deterrent, vehicle security
A keyless entry convenience system makes it possible for you to get in and go without having to fumble for your keys. Simple to operate and convenient to use, they come in handy when you are heading to work on a cold winter’s day or trying to beat the heat beneath the blazing summer sun, all with your hands full of groceries. Once considered exclusive accessories for luxury vehicles, keyless entry systems and keyless autostart ignition systems are becoming features that motorists everywhere are installing on their vehicles. 1. RF – Radio Frequency is the Key A keyless entry remote works by sending a radio signal from the remote to a receiver within the vehicle. When the control module receives the right signal from this active RFID system, it unlocks the door. Typically, the range of these receivers is between five and 10 feet on a factory system, but many of today’s aftermarket systems can reach much farther. 2. Keyless Entry Remote Start is Not the Same as Keyless Entry Keyless entry systems are different than keyless autostart ignition systems. One locks and unlocks the doors only, while the other can both unlock the vehicle as well as start the vehicle with the push of a button. A keyless remote start consists of the main module installed in the dash within the vehicle, and sends the signal to the cars computer to tell it to start the ignition system when the correct button is pushed. 3. Viper Alarms Work with Your Smartphone Viper car alarms and Viper SmartStart entry systems can be controlled from your smartphone with the appropriate module. This type of system allows you to warm up the car, cool down the interior, or arm or disarm the security system regardless of how far away the vehicle is parked, since everything is controlled right thru your smartphone. If you have data service, you can activate these features as necessary. Should someone with bad intentions manage to defeat the security system and gain entry to your vehicle, the Viper will sink its teeth into them and send a GPS signal out to track the vehicle if equipped with the Viper VSM350 system. This makes it easy to notify law enforcement and convey the precise location, direction and speed to the nearest squad car, all while being tracked right from your smartphone. 4. Keyless Entry Can Be Added to Any Car Keyless entry systems can be installed on practically any make or model. Whether you have a Toyota, Honda, Kia, Ford, Chevy, etc., installation is a straightforward process that takes just a few hours. It can even be installed on “classic” cars that were manufactured way back when keyless entry was a dream of science fiction novels. If your vehicle does not have factory power locks, aftermarket actuators can be added to allow a keyless entry system to function in vintage vehicles. 5. Alarms Deter Theft, including what’s Inside the Vehicle, but Most Factory Systems are Not Alarms Many people confuse a factory keyless entry system with a security system, since they hear the horn honk. Many of these factory systems DO NOT include any type of shock sensor, meaning a thief can easily smash a window and steal valuables inside the car, all without any sound from your vehicle. Adding a solid alarm system will notify any would be thief there is an alarm via the flashing LED light, and to stay away from your vehicle. Don’t fall for a false sense of security, make sure you have a real alarm protecting your valuables and vehicle. Audio Express We invite you to contact the nearest Audio Express to learn more about the keyless entry systems we offer and the installation process required for your vehicle. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you choose the right system for your lifestyle.
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keyless entry system for cars

What is a keyless entry system for cars?

  • Posted by Audio Express
  • On December 16, 2016
What is a keyless entry system for cars? A keyless entry system for cars is a system that allows the driver to lock and unlock a vehicle’s doors by remote control. This feature is available on many newer vehicles but may be offered only as an extra-cost option. At Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound we have a wide variety of possibilities for vehicle owners who want to add this feature. Using a keyless entry system, a driver is able to unlock the doors of a vehicle while still some distance away. This is especially convenient in bad weather or when the driver is carrying packages. The system can also provide a safety feature at night when interior lighting is activated. At its most basic, keyless entry consists of a small keychain control device, which triggers a receiver installed in the vehicle. An interface between the receiver and the vehicle triggers the power lock mechanisms on the doors. The same system may be used to pop open a trunk lid or rear hatch if the vehicle has a power-actuated lock. With most devices parking lights can be programmed to flash, or an audible tone can be sounded when the doors are locked or unlocked. Keyless entry can be installed as a stand-alone system, or it can be part of a much more sophisticated system for security and convenience. The most common combination is with a car security system including an audible alarm, starter interrupt to prevent a thief from starting the vehicle, and a shock sensor to warn intruders away. A remote engine start can also be part of this package. At the high end of these systems, it is possible to control and monitor many security/convenience functions using a smartphone. This is truly a case where a vehicle owner can enjoy new-car technology without having to take on new-car payments. You can see all the possibilities for a keyless entry system for your car at your nearest Audio Express / Quality Auto Sound.  
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