I'm just getting started with the design of my first carputer and I've been doing alot of research. I really want to install a Clifford alarm in my car, but I can't find a place to buy the alarm. Is it possible to buy a Clifford Alarm online, or from a retail that does not require installation, or do you have to have the alarm installed? I found a few systems on ebay, but it seems they disappear quickly, not just purchased but this listings are being removed.
As last I knew, you could only buy a Clifford alarm installed, no online or over-the-counter. I used to be an installer, and unless things have changed in the past 5 years, Clifford dealers only sell it as an installed package (obviously because they make more on the labor, but Clifford will not warranty any alarms not installed by an authorized dealer).
They can be purchased online. Install is not easy with these things (or any alarms) unless you've done it atleast a couple times. an install on my dad's truck took me 9 hours (first install).
Clifford dealers only sell it as an installed package
I had mine installed "professionally" so as they call it. Heres the professionally installed alarm by clifford dealers :
The alarm was installed next to the radiator hose pressing on it very hard. It melted the alarm housing and damaged the hose. I relocated the alarm and have to replace the hose.
The controller was double sided taped under the footwell, damm thing came off while I was driving. I needed to move tha controller under the centre console.
The drivers central locking no longer works, yup someone left one of the wire unconnected. I had to reconnect the central locking ground.
The wires was run all over the place...in the end I have to reinstall the whole unit, not easy when the wire has all been chopped into bits. The biggest bodge up I ever seen in my life :barf:
I came back to buy the window controller and the interface cable...the dealer and the engineer told me Im not authorised to install and refuse to sell it. When I asked for the circuit diagram they laughed thinking they are the only poeple who knew how to install an alarm. I looked at the circuit and said wow how hard is it really to install a window controller :D They eventually sold me the items without warranty for the price including the install. I said fine because I wont let anyone touch my car. They got offended, the engineer told me that he install alarms for 20 years and I have no chance in installing it myself. Yeah you got 20 years experience in bodging things up, I know because thats what exactly you done to my car :)
I know one guy whos building an over £70,000 kitcar for a show/demonstrator, he spent years on it. Then the clifford guys came along and chopped his wires all over the places...nice.
I'm going to reneg. They can be found for sale on the web, but that doesn't mean you'll actually be able to get one.
Apearantly Clifford has told ebay that the sale of their items infringes their copyright, and is having them regularly remove the content.
what a load of BS!
I've had very similar experiences with installers as Ricky, which is why I want to do the install myself. I have a feeling that most of the people on this board have the mechanical aptitude to install a car alarm, it's not that hard. If anyone finds a place where the alarms are sold online let me know, it will be greatly appreciated.
BTW, How the heck is selling a used alarm on Ebay a copyright infringement??
I'm not a lawyer, but I've got two of them in the family. I can't even concieve of a way that it would be copyright infringement...
well, i can... but no reasonable way!
I found a bunch of sites selling the alarms. i'll post them in five
The only reason why I agreed that they install it for me because of the insurance company needing the so call thatcham certificate. Otherwise ill have gone my way.
I just bought the Clifford alarm off eBay. I paid $130 for it + another for installation (its going to be done after Jan. 5).
It's a Matrix RS2 (with the remote start) and it will be installed in the manual car.
I wont have any warranty on it, but i didnt expact any for that price.
btw: you can get the alarm from this site for cheap: http://nexxon.com/clifford/clifford.htm I didnt buy anything from them yet so i cant say if they are reliable or not, but for the amount of money you would save you can make a research before getting anything.