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Post by circa75 on Mon May 23, 2016 10:02 am

Hi all,

For insurance purposes – can anyone advise me on the factory fitted immobiliser category of a '98 VW (LT35 Medallion)? Are they Thatcham approved or too old for that? I've searched various places without results.

Just discovered yesterday that the Medallion also has a Meta System M12A Mykro alarm installed (and it's loud!), is there anywhere to check what aftermarket alarms are Thatcham approved?

All in the hope of lowering insurance costs :)

Many thanks.
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Re: Immobilser/Alarm categories

Post by KMRTOPAZ on Mon May 23, 2016 10:44 am

I have a list headed "Vehicle security National Listing" MIRRC numbered/dated Issue 57:October 2007
It doesn't list any VW earlier than 2003 nor the Meta system alarm, but possibly earlier lists may include this information.
MIRRC is the Motor Insurance Repair and Research Centre......they are Thatcham.
I googled Thatcham, I think !  It was about five years back and it now resides in one of the many gaps in my memory !
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Re: Immobilser/Alarm categories

Post by Paulmold on Mon May 23, 2016 10:52 am

There is a very long document from Thatcham showing approved (and deleted) devises, I can't see your Meta system listed at all.


http://www.thatcham.org/files/pdf/compliance.pdf

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Re: Immobilser/Alarm categories

Post by chrisvesey on Mon May 23, 2016 12:52 pm

Hi,
Strikeback alarms use a meta system, they may be able to help,
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Re: Immobilser/Alarm categories

Post by circa75 on Mon May 23, 2016 4:37 pm

Thanks for your response guys.

I suspect that due to the age of the factory immobiliser and aftermarket alarm – neither are recognised by Thatcham.

The under bonnet alarm box looks relatively new, but can't find any spec/info on it.

Will talk to the insurance company and see how it goes, hopefully immobiliser plus alarm is still better than nothing, despite not being Thatcham approved.
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Re: Immobilser/Alarm categories

Post by chrisvesey on Mon May 23, 2016 7:28 pm

Hi,
If you google meta system m12a mykro you will find two for sale on ebay, if you can translate the blurb you may get more info, alternatively there is a meta system site you could contact for specification. I had the total closure system fitted which also contacted me by text, the insurance man said I was already on the minimum premium and wouldn't knock any more off. Have you checked with your insurer what they actually require? I would have thought the merc. Immobiliser was acceptable, my 2001 peugeot was accepted,
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Re: Immobilser/Alarm categories

Post by circa75 on Tue May 24, 2016 11:08 am

Thanks Chris, some good suggestions and advice there. Looking to get insurance this week as only pickup the vehicle next week, so I'll get all the info and see how it goes.

Had a couple of initial quotes online, but going to call and try and negotiate better. Comfort (aviva) was looking good.
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Re: Immobilser/Alarm categories

Post by Greyhound on Tue May 24, 2016 11:52 am

I'd check at how much discount you are going to get.

In my experience an approved alarm still doesn't reduce the figures that much, and I've always found alarms to be a bit of a pain and not worth the hassle.
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Re: Immobilser/Alarm categories

Post by circa75 on Sat Jun 04, 2016 12:05 am

Update: the model I mention above is a part number used in the Strikeback II system by VanBitz, which I've since found out is what's fitted to the vehicle.

It's a Thatcham approved system so will be informing the insurers to ask if any reduction can be applied, though not holding my breath.
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Alarm/Immobilizer- are they worth it?

Post by portman_blue on Sun Aug 07, 2016 11:12 am

Noggin wrote:I'd check at how much discount you are going to get.

In my experience an approved alarm still doesn't reduce the figures that much, and I've always found alarms to be a bit of a pain and not worth the hassle.
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We take delivery of a new Broadway from Marquis end of September. Our current mh came with a Sigma S30 Thatcham Cat 1 alarm/immobilizer but the Broadway doesn't have an alarm fitted (immobilizer as standard?).
So - is it worth getting an alarm system fitted?

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Re: Immobilser/Alarm categories

Post by -mojo- on Sun Aug 07, 2016 11:47 am

portman_blue wrote:
So - is it worth getting an alarm system fitted?

To state the obvious, it's a question that can only be answered in retrospect. Nobody knows whether your van will fall victim to thieves/attempted thieves or not.

If you live in a high risk area I guess it's possible that adding a Cat 1 alarm may reduce your premium by a worthwhile amount, but it would not be for me. My insurer offered 3% discount, which on a premium of £200 was not exactly a massive incentive.

FWIW I've only ever had factory fitted immobilisers on my vans, and never needed anything more than that (touch wood...).
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