@ 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