Immobilizer

Immobilizer

Postby deceit » Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:31 pm

Just got a letter from my insurance company telling me that my gt-four is a high risk vehicle for car theft and that i need to get one installed before i register it again.

Anyone in manitoba or canada on this forum get a letter or have an immobilizer put in?

I'm pretty sure that there aren't very many rhd drive gt-fours in canada or manitoba alone that has had their car broken into or stolen or even alltracs in canada or manitoba that had their car stolen....

Whats everyone's input on this? should i not get an immobilizer installed? should i call and tell them to shove it?

bah.. i hate this.. such an inconvenience...
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Postby Sal » Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:43 pm

It happens man. I got mine broken into. Mother fuckers stole my cd deck (but were in a hurry to take out the harness, internals etc. Oh, and they left my arm pad open, glove compartment open, and attempted to remove my horn button.
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Postby LegacyofDan » Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:47 pm

a kill switch of some sort for the ignition or fuel pump :shrug: ...maybe?
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Postby wound3S » Wed Jan 21, 2009 4:04 pm

Just get a cheap switch from NAPA or Radio Shack, wire it directly into the fuel pump line (shouldn't need a relay) and then hide the switch somewhere that's not obvious. Or heck, if your AC doesn't work, wire it up to the AC switch in the dash or something like that :p

This way, your car will probably still start if it hasn't been sitting too long, so
1. you will hear it start
2. it will not get far if it does drive so insurance will consider your car stolen rather than just burglarized
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Postby deceit » Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:47 pm

they basically attach a sensor to the column and theres a tag thats attached to the key so that the tag must be present and sensed in order for the car to be turned on.. i already have an alarm put in but they still want to install the immobilizer, plus you have to submit prove that it was installed or i wont be able to insure the vehicle.

sorry to hear that your car got broken into sal345... good thing they didnt damage the car or try to steal it, jus some punks looking for some extra cash or something to sell i bet..
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Postby vash169 » Wed Jan 21, 2009 9:02 pm

My car got broken into recently as well, they went in through the rear quarter window. Smashed the window, made a mess, and stole my impact wrench out of the trunk but didn't seem to make an attempt on the car itself. Worst part is it was in my underground parking garage, and since you need a specific transponder key thing to get into the garage I've gotta think it was someone who also lives in the building. Plus since my car is deep in the lot and not all shiny and new, I've got secret paranoid suspicions that I was targeted...

I'm planning an engine swap, and when I do I'm absolutely installing cutoff switches for just about everything. If I can't be safe in my semi-secure garage then I can't be safe anywhere!

As for the high risk thing, I didn't get a letter or anything like that. I always figured they were actually fairly low risk because they look like a common Celica, despite being made in few numbers.
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Postby LegacyofDan » Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:05 pm

/\ tho the hood doesnt help out, makes it stand out quite a bit tho....
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Postby vash169 » Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:28 pm

That's true, I sort of bank on the hope that people think it's one of those fake hood scoops you can pick up at crappy tire. Not the case!
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Postby Locker » Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:12 pm

I know that Manitoba is very big on the immobilizer thing. When I moved there a few years ago they were doing a huge push to have people install immobilizers. They had some big discounts on getting them installed and cheaper rates for insurance.
The high likelyhood of theft sounds strange though. My alltrac is cheaper to insure than a camry of similar age. I was so confused I thought they were quoting the wrong car and reminded them it was a 2 door turbo car. My insurance company told me its because they have little experience with them. Meaning that there aren't many on the road and therefore have not had to pay out many/any claims so cheaper.
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Postby deceit » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:29 pm

thats exactly what im thinkin.. i kno they dont kno alot about the car.. i mean they registered my gt-four under a celica gts turbo. they dont have an alltrac or gt-four in their database so im sure theyre jus looking to put an immobilizer in any vehicle that is of old age.. thats why i wna kno if anyone in this forum from manitoba or canada has had or needs to put an immobilizer in their car..
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Postby Sal » Fri Jan 23, 2009 4:30 pm

Hmm, That's really interesting.
I hope all our Alltrac/GT4's stay in one piece!
No word from insurance yet on an immobilizer.
Mines registered as a GTS Turbo too. I think it has to do with our VIN's being to short.
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Postby Autobot » Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:45 am

When registered, my car is labeled as a Celica GTS Turbo as well. No immobilizer requests from Autopac yet, but I assume one will come in the mail once I re-register it.
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Postby masco » Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:01 am

My car is registered as a Celica GTS 4x4, beat that!
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Postby sacanadian » Tue Feb 03, 2009 4:45 pm

mine is also insured under gts turbo... not sure why they don't have the alltrac in the database.

as for the imobilizer, i would ask if an installed killswitch would suffice. it would be cheaper for parts and install compared to finding a imobilizer.

hope this helps.

by the way... how much is it for an imobilizer? and could you get a toyota one? just so i know...
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