RAVELCO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
MY SALESMAN TOLD ME MY VEHICLE ALREADY HAS
A "FACTORY ANTI THEFT DEVICE." IT IS A CHIP BUILT INTO ITS
anti theft system is factory installed on almost every
new vehicle manufactured today. Most every manufacturer,
whether domestic or foreign uses this type system.
Embedded in the head of the vehicle’s ignition key is a
miniature RFID Transponder Chip which contains
one of a trillion possible electronic codes. When the
key is inserted into the vehicle’s ignition, the
transponder sends a signal to a disc shaped antenna
surrounding the key cylinder housing behind the shroud
on the steering column. The antenna then relays a signal
to the control module and if the signal is correctly
recognized, the vehicle is allowed to start. If access
is attempted without the correct code, critical systems
(ignition, starter) remain inoperable. This all sounds
good on paper but all this system does is keep honest
people honest, because it is very easy to bypass. The
thieves are now using laptop computers with recorded RF
codes to bypass them in about 20 seconds, which
is probably why the factory installs these systems for
free. Sadly, many car dealers tell their customers that
because of this special transponder chip in their key .
. . they do not need any extra security for their
vehicle, but this is NOT TRUE!
2.) MY SALESMAN ALSO SAID IF I INSTALLED ANY
AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT ON MY VEHICLE OTHER THAN
THE FACTORY EQUIPMENT, IT WOULD VOID MY
WARRANTY. IS THIS TRUE?
No, this is NOT true! A Federal Law
MAGNUSON - MOSS ACT
protects you against a car dealer voiding your
warranty. Many car dealers use this threat to
frighten you into buying a more expensive and
theft system from them.
3.) WHY WOULD I NEED A RAVELCO?
MY VEHICLE ALREADY HAS A FACTORY ALARM?
The remote "keyless entry" capability for
locking and unlocking the doors of a vehicle
with an alarm system is a great option to have,
but as far as security is concerned, the remote
control alarm system only interrupts the starter
wire, and this can easily be bypassed under the
dash. Electronic "code grabbers" or
"scanner boxes" can defeat any alarm system
made today in seconds! Even the alarms that
claim to have Anti-Scan or Code Grabbing
Technology were still defeated. This was
demonstrated on a recent telecast of
The Early Show.
4.) WHY DOESN'T THE RAVELCO HAVE A "RED FLASHING
LIGHT" TO HELP WARD OFF THIEVES?
There are numerous vehicles stolen every day
that have full blown alarm systems, including
the ones with the red flashing warning lights,
which proves that the only red lights that car
thieves run from, are the ones on top of police
cars! The RAVELCO system includes two warning
labels that attach to each side window, warning
of the device. No vehicle with the RAVELCO
system installed has ever been stolen !
5.) WHAT HAPPENS IF A TOW TRUCK TRIES TO STEAL
First off, it is important to realize that theft
by towing is rare. The VAST majority of vehicles
are stolen by driving them away. Having said
that, there are several simple strategies you
can use to help circumvent towing and make it
(1) Always lock your doors, close your windows,
leave your vehicle in Park (automatic
transmission) or in gear (manual transmission),
and use your emergency brake.
(2) Turn your wheels all the way to the left or
right when you park your car. In the event a tow
truck tries to steal your vehicle, the angle of
the wheels will make your vehicle track in a big
circle. This attracts attention . . . and no tow
truck driver wants to tow a vehicle that is
traveling beside him in the next lane.
(3) Pull into your parking spot with a
front-wheel-drive vehicle or back into your spot
with a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, and park as
close to a stationary structure (wall, garage,
another vehicle) as possible. These steps will
encourage the tow truck driver to look for an
6.) DOES THE RAVELCO PROTECT ITEMS
INSIDE THE VEHICLE?
No, and neither does an alarm or any other
type of anti theft device. If a thief sees a
unit, Radar Detector, briefcase, cell phone, or anything
else of value inside the vehicle that he wishes to steal,
he can easily break a window, take the item, and be
gone within seconds. Nothing in the world
other than a mean dog in the vehicle can
stop a smash-and-grab thief! NOTHING!