Yes, it would be worth it. As the victim of the Great Van Heist of 2021, the theft of my 20-year-old van cost me far more than $700, even though the van was found not chopped up. (I had the money, but I still resent being forced to pay...)
I haven't bought it yet. I wrote the company and asked, what if the right plug connection points were jumped. He said that's been tried many times and the most that has ever happened is the wiring shorted and the car wouldn't start. He said he's been in business for 45 years and no one has stolen a car yet.Do you get a lot of failed attempts?
Gr8ful - I'm looking for the Ambro and can't find it.A hidden switch will do the same thing. The Ambo has a Master switch that shuts all engine elect off. It's on the door side of the seat but could be hidden & a key switch added for way less than $700. I'd like to be an installer.
I still don't know what an ambo is.Ambo for sale. 1993 Ford E350, 7.3 diesel, in great shape with a Horton ambo box, 88,000 act miles, looks almost new with a bath. New tires, batteries, 250 amp altenator & serp belt right before I bought it 2 years ago. It was the 2nd or spare from a small fire dept north of Detroit. I drove 300...vanlivingforum.com
Ok, I got the spelling wrong, ha.It's an ex ambulance. Replacement cost is about $500,000. Click on the green link on to & it will go to the ad with all the details & pics, Thanks!
I thought about a "hidden" switch. The problem is that pro car thieves know about them too. And know where to look for them. Just where can you hide a "hidden" switch that is handy TO YOU when you go to start your car? I'm not keen on hiding a switch in a spot where I have to move things or pop the hood every time I need to start my car.A hidden switch will do the same thing. The Ambo has a Master switch that shuts all engine elect off. It's on the door side of the seat but could be hidden & a key switch added for way less than $700. I'd like to be an installer.
pI think I could cut into the power wire going to my in tank fuel pump and put a switch in a cabinet or behind a shelf in the back of my van and nothing they could do under the dash would ever get that van to start and run. Cost, about $5 for the switch and wire and a few connectors. I was already under there repairing a damaged wire coming from the sending unit to make my gas gauge work again and the power wire for the pump runs right next to it. Easy to do but, yes I would have to flip that switch both on and off each time I wanted to activate/deactivate it but, I many times enter my van by the side doors anyway so I could just flip the switch on my way to the driver's seat. Not a big deal in my opinion. Yes the $700 system is easier but not worth the money to me. To each his/her own. For the folks that do not work on their own vehicles I am sure it is a fine system and works very well.
I don't have to run a wire from the battery to the starter when I start my van. I just turn the key. Did I say it wrong? I was thinking if the thief manages to get the engine to turn over, however that's done. I guess I've seen too many movies where the thief gets in, shorts a couple of wires, and drives off.There are many wires under the van and a few of them go up into the channels of the structure so there is no way anyone is going to notice another wire in a wire loom that is taped closed. They would have to spend hours cutting open every wire loom under there and car thieves have to get in and get out in a matter of minutes. Why would they not think my van is parked there because the fuel pump went out on it? This happens all the time so I think after they tried this and tried that, they would just move on to an easier mark. They would never find my wire and it would take them literally hours to locate the switch. The sad fact is, many modern car thieves just pull up with a roll back or a wrecker, hook up and are gone in 30 seconds. Then back at their shop they can take their time and figure out anything and neither the $700 system nor my idea would stop that. PS hotwiring the ignition does not turn the engine over, you need to run a hotwire from the battery directly to the starter or short the pins on the starter relay under the hood to do that, but that still does not activate the fuel pump nor defeat the steering wheel lock. The thieves, of course, know how to do all of these things but, they take time and if it does not work like it usually does when they do all of this, they move on to another car.