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PURCHASING KNOCKOFF RAVELCOS on , , and other Internet websites . . .

IN THE LATE 1990's AND EARLY 2000's, KNOCK-OFF COPIES (FAKE) RAVELCOS WERE MANUFACTURED OUTSIDE THE USA (MEXICO & CHINA). THESE KNOCK-OFF RAVELCOS WERE MADE INCORRECTLY. THEY SHORTED OUT AND SOME EVEN MELTED. TRYING TO SALVAGE THEIR BUSINESSES, THESE PIRATES WHO MANUFACTURED THESE FAKE KNOCK-OFF RAVELCOS EVEN HAD THE NERVE TO CALL AND ASK OUR TECHS ABOUT WHAT WERE THEY DOING WRONG IN MANUFACTURING? THEY ALSO WANTED TO KNOW THE TOLERANCES THAT WE USED ON THE PINS INSIDE THE RAVELCO UNIT.

OF COURSE WE TOLD THEM TO TAKE A HIKE AND THESE PIRATES WENT OUT OF BUSINESS IN NO TIME. AFTER A SHORT WHILE THEY STARTED TRYING TO UNLOAD THEIR INVENTORY WHEREVER THEY COULD. THERE ARE STILL A FEW OF THESE BOGUS SELLERS WHO SHOW UP ON THE ABOVE LISTED INTERNET WEBSITES TO SELL THEIR KNOCK-OFF (FAKE) RAVELCO ANTI THEFT DEVICES. THEY CLAIM TO HAVE THE GENUINE RAVELCO WHICH IN FACT ARE NOT, NO MATTER WHAT THESE BOGUS SELLERS CLAIM. "OLD DISTRIBUTOR" - "FORMER DISTRIBUTOR" - BLAH BLAH BLAH . . .

THE SAD THING IS, SOME OF THESE INTERNET BUYERS DO NOT TAKE HEED ON OUR WARNINGS. THEY THINK WE ARE JUST SAYING THAT THEY ARE FAKES FOR OUR BENEFIT. SOME BUYERS DO GO AHEAD AND PURCHASE A FAKE RAVELCO. THEY INSTALL IT AND IN NO TIME THEY ARE HAVING PROBLEMS. THEY END UP CONTACTING US ASKING IF THEY CAN GET A COPY OF THE CORRECT INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR THEIR VEHICLE. THEY ASK WHY THEIR VEHICLE IS NOT OPERATING CORRECTLY, IT IS SETTING ENGINE CODES AND TURNING ON THE CHECK ENGINE SERVICE LIGHTS. WE TRY TO EXPLAIN TO THEM IT IS NOT ONLY THE HOOK UP (CONNECTION) THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR PROBLEMS IT IS ALSO BECAUSE THE ELECTRONIC CONTACT PINS ARE INFERIOR ON THESE FAKE COPIED RAVELCOS RESULTING IN FAILURES AND VEHICLE SHUT DOWNS. 

AGAIN, OF COURSE THESE BUYERS ARE UPSET. THEY CONTACT THE SELLERS FOR A REFUND AND THE SELLERS TELL THEM "NO RETURNS." 

YEARS AGO, SOME BUYERS HAVE ORDERED EXTRA PLUGS FOR THEIR FAKE RAVELCOS AND WONDERED WHY THEY DID NOT WORK.   

WHY DO YOU THINK ALL THE SELLERS STATE .  .  .

NO RETURNS AND YOU CANNOT GET EXTRA PLUGS?

REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE SELLER IS STATING AND TELLING YOU ON THEIR eBay, AMAZON, Craigslist OR ANY INTERNET WEBSITE, THE FACTS ARE VERY CLEAR: IF YOU PURCHASE A KNOCKOFF (FAKE) RAVELCO ON ANY OF THESE ABOVE WEBSITES THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, NO SUPPORT FROM US OF ANY KIND AND YOU CANNOT GET EXTRA PLUGS FOR YOUR RAVELCO. NO SELLER ON THESE WEBSITES IS AN AUTHORIZED OR CERTIFIED RAVELCO DISTRIBUTOR, DEALER OR SALES PARTNER.

RAVELCO FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

BE ESPECIALLY AWARE OF RAVELCOS BEING SOLD ON THESE ABOVE LISTED INTERNET WEBSITES FROM FLORIDA. THESE ARE BROUGHT IN TO MIAMI FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY. DON'T FALL VICTIM. A RAVELCO WITH NO WARRANTY TRANSLATES THAT THIS IS NOT A LEGITIMATE GENUINE RAVELCO.

Those listed distributor's and dealer's sales receipts are the only sales receipts which you can use to order extra RAVELCO replacement plugs. We will not make any one or any company extra RAVELCO replacement plugs whose name is not listed in our records or not listed on the RAVELCO DEALERS & DISTRIBUTORS PAGE. NO EXCEPTIONS!  

If a RAVELCO is installed incorrectly or without our direction you are asking for problems. We guarantee the RAVELCO for life because we know that the RAVELCO is manufactured free from defects or any other problems that might occur. 

THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS ARE:

1.) From the Ravelcos debut in July of 1976 until April of 1992 the Ravelco was manufactured with a different (than used today) female connector pin. Over time,  we at Ravelco learned that on the newer higher voltage of today's vehicles that some of these female connectors had opened up and failed. Learning this, in May of 1992 all the Ravelcos manufactured from then on were changed and fitted with a new improved female connector pin. Along with the new connector pin, Ravelco then issued a lifetime guarantee for all the new Ravelcos manufactured after April of 1992. At that time Ravelco tried to recall and switch out all the older manufactured Ravelco with its dealers. Of course many of these could not be found or returned. We at Ravelco believe that many of these are the older Ravelcos showing up on these auction sites at ridiculously reduced prices.

2.) In August and September of 2005, hurricanes and floods wiped out many auto dealers on the gulf coast of Texas. These auto dealer's entire parts departments and their inventory were destroyed, this included many Ravelcos. We learned that a salvage company purchased many of these damaged units and tried to sell them as new. Watch out! You may be purchasing a salt water damaged Ravelco.

OTHER FACTORS ARE:

1.) No customer support - no extra plugs. You lose a plug and you must remove the unit. 

2.) No Warranty 

3.) Lack of proper installation instructions for your vehicle.

4.) If the Ravelco happens to be genuine, it most likely is the old technology (thinner wires, pins, etc.) - that were left over from an out of business auto dealership. These older Ravelco units will not work with the newer vehicles computer systems. Ravelco has been in business since 1976. Looking at the Ravelco unit from the outside it will look the exact same as they did back then when they first debuted.   

5.) Years ago a company in Mexico purchased many Ravelcos and tried to adapt them to an alarm system that they came up with. We have seen some of these units where the wires are stripped and soldered inside the cable and are no good.  

6.) Parts missing, etc.

eBay Legal Department:

Our attorneys have contacted eBay and warned them about the potential problems and problems in the past with the Ravelco being sold on their auction site by unauthorized sellers. eBay, being greedy has failed to comply and remove these sellers. 

Whenever we hear of a problem from someone who calls us and says "something is wrong with their vehicle" (such as their vehicle's check engine lights keeps coming on, etc.) it never ceases to amaze us that as soon as we ask "where did they purchase their Ravelco"  . . . we find out it was from an UNAUTHORIZED SELLER on eBay, Craigslist or some other internet auction site.

Occasionally, a Ravelco Anti Theft Device or knock-off (not made in the US even though it says it is) may show up on eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc. Every one of our authorized and certified Ravelco distributors and dealers have in their contracts; that they cannot sell or list the RAVELCO un-installed on eBay, Amazon, Craigslist or any type of other Internet Website.

Your safest bet is to stay away and not purchase a Ravelco - (knock-off) online.

Remember:

1.) The bitterness of a bad deal remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten!

2.) Only buy from an authorized and certified Ravelco Distributor or Dealer.    

Sincerely,

The Ravelco Team

 
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