2016 Nissan Maxima Platnm
Join Date: Nov 2008
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Asking why you want two alarm systems is valid, because most would feel it is not cost effective when the car already has one that will deter a thief. Having two alarms won't stop a pro from stealing the car, if that is your main concern. The shock sensor is the #1 cause of false alarms, so if it is sensitive, you can expect the alarm to go off often, and have unhappy neighbors. Also, I hope you installed the remote start the correct way, and not the "cheap" way, which is when most installers take your second key and zip tie it into the steering column to defeat the immobilizer system so the remote start can start the car. When that is done, your car becomes really easy to steal, because slamming a screwdriver into the ignition will start the car, because your extra key is telling the immobilizer to start the car. You would be surprised by how many "pro" installers will do that, and then claim your car is more secure. The 2004 Accord isn't really a hot ticket item for car theft, but if the pro does want it, having two alarms won't be a problem for them to get the car. I do insurance claims and the 7th Gen Accord wasn't nearly as popular to steal than the earlier generations. So if the two-way remote signals that your alarm is going off, are you going to try and confront a potential thief? He can pull a gun on you and tell you to hand over the keys and still get your car, or shoot you...so hopefully you won't consider that option. Some here have claimed, "Yeah, I am gonna kick the thief's ass if they try and steal my car." Not likely.
Browse the boards and you will discover that many people don't know the features of their own car, and discover they spent money on things the car already had. When I bought my '03 new, through the Costco program, I got LoJack at a nice discount. So in terms of protection, that was a better supplement than a 2nd car alarm.