Car Alarm/Remote Protective Covers – Review
My husband’s car alarm/remote bail broke – on both remotes. Not only can’t he attach the remote to his key chain any longer, but if he didn’t hear it hit the ground when the bail broke he could have lost the remote altogether. Very annoying since it costs up to $150 or more to replace a car alarm/remote these days. And then there’s the hassle of having to find and visit a dealer to get the replacement. So, we searched the internet hoping to find a cheaper replacement. We were thrilled to find out you don’t have to replace your remote if the bail breaks. All you need to do is buy an inexpensive cover, similar to skins for cell phones. The cover has it’s own bail so that solves that problem (even if your bail is not broken, we recommend it so it doesn’t break) and the cover itself protects your remote from damaged if dropped, which was an added feature we didn’t think about but we were happy to discover.
This review is for a cover for a 2002 Toyota 4-Runner, but you can buy them for other makes and models of cars & trucks.
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We purchased 2 Car Alarm/Remote Covers, for a 2002 4-Runner, from Amazon.com independent seller High-End Motorsports. Our cost was $8.99 each with free shipping. We were very happy to receive our order within 2 days by first class mail in a padded envelope. Each cover came in a protective plastic box. There was no packing slip included in the envelope but they did include a flyer with contact information for the seller.
None of the information above (about the seller and shipping) was used to determine this product’s 5 star rating of this product (5 stars as per Amazon.com’s rating system), but we include it for those who may want to know about our experience with the seller.
We are very happy with this purchase.
See details below.
We include some photos here. Additional photos included with our Amazon.com review.
These types of covers have two main purposes:
1. Protects your remote from damage if dropped.
2. Allows you to hang from a key chain if your remote’s bail breaks.
The covers we purchased are made from pliable, very flexible silicone rubber. We chose black, but we think the choice of other colors is great, this way you can easily tell one family member’s (or employee’s) key set from another. Also, bright colors may be easier to find in the dark.
The cover includes holes for the remote buttons and a slot for the radio frequency transmitter (on the end of the remote) in the exact shape & size needed for the 2002 4-Runner remote. Since the fit was so perfect we assume this is the same for any car & truck model you buy the cover for.
The cover’s bail is very thick but most likely needs to be so it does not tear easily. The thick bail made it a bit hard to slide it onto a key chain ring, but it’s nothing you can’t work through. The thickness of the cover itself makes great cushion to protect your remote if you drop it, but it does make your remote a bit bulkier than it was before. We expect to get use to the extra bulk quickly, and we feel the extra bulk is worth the protection you get.
The only true worry we have is the seam that runs down both sides of the cover (see the photo below for a close up of the seam). We wonder if the seam will eventually split. We have no reason to believe it will other than the fact that our experience with rubber bands is that they dry out and break over time. But, the new modern silicone used in this product is most likely much higher in quality than the average rubber band – or at least we’re hoping it is. We’ve only had the cover for a short time. We’ll update this review if we have any problems in future.
Some may complain about the price. We paid $8.99 per cover. Since this type of item most likely costs the seller no more than .50 cents each (purchased in bulk) this may sound like a huge price mark up, but it really isn’t. We realize the seller must also pay for the protective plastic boxes, padded mailing envelope, and the shipping from our seller was free. Put that together with the time involved in packing and shipping and we feel the $8.99 price is very fair. We feel this product is well worth the money we paid. After all, it does protect your remote from damage if dropped, and allows you to use it even after breaking the bail. Since replacing your remote usually costs $100 to $150 or more, the $8.99 is relatively cheap.
When we first looked at this item on Amazon.com we were a little confused by the wording of the title of this listing “Toyota 4-Runner w/ hatch button Silicone Rubber Remote Cover 1999-2009 Black” but we figured the description was of the vehicle, not the remote cover, and the “hatch” they were referring to was the ability to open the back of a 4-Runner like a hatch back car. When we received the item this was confirmed – there is no “hatch” or door-like opening on the remote cover. We think the “hatch” wording should be removed from the title of this listing, to end any possible confusion.
For consumers who may be using a car alarm remote for the first time, we include basic information about this type of alarm remote below.
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Most modern car alarm systems are much more sophisticated than they were years ago. Currently they consist of:
> An array of sensors that can include switches, pressure sensors and motion detectors
> A siren, often able to create a variety of sounds so that you can pick a distinct sound for your car
> A radio receiver to allow wireless control from a unit you hand from your key chain.
> An auxiliary battery so that the alarm can operate even if the main battery gets disconnected
> A computer control unit that monitors everything and sounds the alarm — the “brain” of the system
The brain in most advanced systems is actually a small computer. The brain’s job is to close the switches that activate alarm devices; your horn, headlights or an installed siren, when certain switches that power sensing devices are opened or closed. Security systems differ mainly in which sensors are used and how the various devices are wired into the brain.
The brain and alarm features may be wired to the car’s main battery, but they usually have a backup power source as well. This hidden battery kicks in when somebody cuts off the main power source (by clipping the battery cables, for example). Since cutting the power is a possible indication of an intruder, it triggers the brain to sound the alarm.
Review by PracticalWaysToSaveMoney Contributor – Mary