alarm­ing stuff

Performance Vauxhall - - LAKESIDE MEET -

@ I’ve just bought a Nova GSi in near stan­dard, im­mac­u­late con­di­tion hav­ing been search­ing for months for the right car. The only non-stan­dard parts are the head­unit and a set of Cav­a­lier GSi al­loys, but I’ll be swap­ping both of these back to stan­dard. Be­ing a Nova, it also has the stan­dard se­cu­rity – the door locks – and that’s about it! So I’m now para­noid about it be­ing stolen off the drive. Have you got any sug­ges­tions as to how I can stop the car go­ing miss­ing in the night? Cheers. Paul

AN­ice find! As for the se­cu­rity, ul­ti­mately if some­body re­ally wants a car then there’s only so much you can do to stop them tak­ing it. Ob­vi­ously, the first step would be a de­cent Thatcham Cat 1 alarm and im­mo­biliser (which may re­sult in cheaper pre­mi­ums too) from the likes of Clif­ford or Toad, both of which can be spec­i­fied with tilt, shock and prox­im­ity sen­sors, plus can iso­late the fuel and the ig­ni­tion sys­tems. Ex­pect to pay £250 and be­yond, but it will be money well spent.

Next would be me­chan­i­cal se­cu­rity. A good-qual­ity steer­ing wheel lock will not only make it nigh on im­pos­si­ble to drive the car, but it’s also a very good vis­ual de­ter­rent too. Se­cu­rity film on the win­dows will make life harder for smash and grab thefts as the glass will break but will be held to­gether by the film, mak­ing it hard to get into the car. Fi­nally, fit a se­cu­rity post on the drive or block it in with an­other car if pos­si­ble. Bet­ter still; get a garage to hide it away in.

No­vas are be­com­ing rare, so it pays

to make sure yours is pro­tected

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