THE PURCHASE OF THE NEW CARGO VAN IS COMING CLOSER AND I STARTED THINKING ABOUT SOME OF THE BASIC ELECTRONICS, THAT SHOULD BE INSTALLED SOON AFTER I BRING IT HOME.
Some can be included in the purchase as an option, yet most can be installed cheaper as an after-market product with more flexibility of choice.
Dependent on requirements, I will consider:
- Vehicle Tracking System
- Parking Sensors
- Rear View Camera
- Car DVR
- GPS Navigation System
- Car Anti-Theft System
- Additional USB Outlets
Vehicle Tracking System
No insurance against theft, but makes recovery of your vehicle much more likely. Three ways of tracking, starting with the most expensive:
- LoJack Auto Tracking works with the police and uses a radio signal to recover the car. Quite expensive to install, yet no monthly fees. Restricted to certain areas.
- GPS Tracking Devices send updates to your computer or via SMS. Subscription needed.
- Cell Phone with GPS permanently placed in the vehicle can return basic location information. Loaded SIM card needed.
Rear View Camera
GPS Navigation System
Car Anti-Theft System
Theft deterrent devices for your new van are available in a wide variety of gadgets, from rude devices like tire, hood and steering wheel locks to the more elegant electronic systems, each with its own deficiencies. Generally, basic precautions should first be considered: never leave your keys in the ignition even for a quick errand, park in a garage or well-lighted area, keep your valuables out of plain sight and always lock your van. Never leave your registration and insurance information in your car.
- VIN Etching
The most bang for your buck in protection is etching the unique VIN number of your car onto ALL the windows, exterior mirrors and other important parts of the vehicle. Simple DIY kits are about $20.
Crude and inexpensive, yet fairly effective. Can help protect against the airbag from being stolen too.
- Hood Lock
Will block access to the battery compartment and thus the power source for most car alarms. From $20.
- Tire Lock
Effective but very unpractical.
- Kill Switch
Ignition kill switches are one of the cheapest and most effective means of protecting your car, but always check, because some car warranties don’t allow installation. $10 and up.
As an additional layer in protection against theft, many affordable systems allow for DIY installation. Most important to consider are the sensors, they include: door, movement, microphones, pressure and motion sensors.
Additional USB Outlets
After researching the described components, I can buy these specific items as soon as I drive my van home.