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The Renault Trafic and Vauxhall Vivaro share the same issue where the sliding door can be bent / folded down by thieves to gain access into the rear. Sadly this is becoming more and more of an issue and as such it has a name for this type of attack known as ( peeling ). The Alarms we offer as standard offer protection for doors but due to the door still being closed the peeling of the door at the top won't cause the alarm to trigger.


This is why we have a microwave add on for our alarm systems, if an owner is concerned about door peeling the alarm system we fit can be upgraded with a rear mounted microwave sensor. If the door is pulled back and movement is detected the alarm system will instantly trigger it's loud 118db siren.


This sensor known as a microwave can be added to all our alarm systems such as Cobra, Meta, Laserline, Gemini and Pandora. Pandora also offer a wireless tilt and shock sensor which is perfect for side load doors, any impacts or tilting of the door will cause the Pandora alarm system to trigger.

VW Golf Autowatch Ghost Fitting Essex

Posted on 19th September, 2018

The VW Golf GTI and R models are very common to get stolen in the UK sadly. The Autowatch Ghost is a fantastic product to stop the vehicle being started and driven away. The Ghost uses a series of buttons once you turn the vehicles ignition on to allow the ghost to disarm and the vehicle to start.


Most common buttons used on the VW's are the steering wheel buttons and window buttons on some VAG vehicles. The Ghost can also pair with your iPhone to disarm the ghost by simply getting into the vehicle and turning the ignition on. The Autowatch Ghost app must be purchased from the Apple store to allow disarming via the iPhone.


The Autowatch Ghost arms 30 seconds after the vehicle ignition is turned off meaning you can never forget to arm the system when leaving the vehicle. The Ghost offers excellent protection by by being undetectable via vehicle diagnostics and any other type of Can-Bus tools. Once the device is hidden within the vehicles wiring loom it is almost impossible to find unless you know the exact location.


We are fully approved Autowatch Ghost installers in Essex.

Toyota Lucida Laserline Alarm Installation Essex

Posted on 18th September, 2018

This Toyota Lucida was fitted with our Basic Alarm and Immobiliser from Laserline Italy. These alarms offer rock solid reliability along with excellent protection. These systems protect all the major entry zones such as doors front, side and rear along with the vehicles interior giving excellent coverage. The system features a loud 118db siren which sounds in the event of the vehicle being under attack.


If you wish to leave pets in the vehicle this alarm also has a great feature which allows you to turn off the interior sensors. The Laserline also offers an immobilisation cut which stops the vehicle being hotwired with a screw driver for example. The system also comes with a 3 year warranty for complete piece of mind.


If you would like a basic or Thatcham approved you can contact us today on 07525 068291.

BMW X5 Tracker Fitting Essex

Posted on 18th September, 2018

The BMW X5 is sadly one of the top 10 vehicles stolen in the UK every year. As such insurance companies are requesting a Thatcham Cat 6 or Cat 5 tracker to be installed before the insurance will offer cover or in some cases give you a grace period of cover. A Thatcham approved tracker is a monitored device which is tracked 24 hours a day and 365 days per year.


All Thatcham approved stolen vehicle recovery tracking devices have a subscription which has to be paid direct to the tracking company in order for them to track your vehicle at all times. This includes your ability to self monitor the vehicle via the smartphone app or the desktop pc log in. Most owners find it great that you can simply track the vehicle the vehicle or keep an eye on it's location when simply opening an app on your smartphone.


The average monthly subscription is £12.49 or you can pay yearly @ £149. This is very affordable and effective if you are low on cash flow. A Thatcham TRI certifcate is issued once payment of the subscription is made.

Thatcham category list

Posted on 14th September, 2018

The Thatcham list shows all the categorys for each Thatcham approved system.


Thatcham Cat 1

Alarms & Immobiliser

Unit must feature protection for the doors, boot and interior.

Dual immobilisation

All black wiring

Battery back up siren

Anti Scan and Anti Grab rolling key code


Thatcham Cat 2


Dual immobilisation

All black wiring

Anti Scan and Ati Grab rolling code remote or touch key


Pandora Platinum Dealers In Essex

Posted on 13th September, 2018

So you have been looking at Pandora Car Alarms but you are unsure who you wish to have install the product for you. There are very few installation engineers that have the ability to understand and install Pandora systems due to how advanced they are in terms of wiring, programming and set up.


In Car Advancements are the only Platinum car alarm dealer in Essex. Giving you complete piece of mind when having a Pandora alarm installed. We offer outstanding customer care before and after installation with any questions you may have. You are also assured with a nice neat installation which has been done to a high standard.


Call us on 07525068291.

Ford Focus RS Pandora Light Pro Fitted Essex

Posted on 13th September, 2018

The Pandora Light Pro is a fantastic upgrade for your Ford Focus RS. Offering many features such as Dual Zone Proximity, Dual Zone Shock, Anti Hijack along with an OLED remote which communicates with the Pandora Light Pro up to 1.5 miles away keeping you updated with what is going on with your vehicle. The light pro offers excellent protection for your RS. We can install up to 4 immobiliser cuts for complete piece of mind which can also consist of a wireless immobiliser.


Having the additional wireless immobiliser will make your car more secure than any other alarm system in the world. The anti-hijack on this vehicle works by the Pandora tag exiting the vehicle with a door open and the system shutting down the vehicles electrics when the vehicle is at a safe distance from the owner. This allows you to go back to the vehicle and restart the car ( when the tag is back in range ).


The Light Pro works perfectly on the Ford Focus RS. Giving complete piece of mind and excellent security when leaving your RS in unknown area's. Remote start is now avaliable for all 2016-2018 RS models meaning you can remotely start your vehicle from up to 1.5 miles away.


We are a platinum Pandora car alarms dealer based in Essex. Call 07525 068291 to find out more.



Fiesta ST Pandora Light Pro Fitting Essex

Posted on 11th September, 2018


The Fiesta ST is one of the most common stolen Ford vehicles. The Pandora Light Pro can't be key cloned or key scanned unlike original security devices. The Light Pro is very secure and you have the added piece of mind with the LCD remote displaying exactly what is happening to your vehicle up to 1 mile away. The Light Pro offers protection unlike any other alarm on the market for example it offers dual zone shock, tilt, motion ( Roll away attempts ), anti hijack, dual zone proximity, protection for your doors, boot and bonnet.


The Light Pro offers the most advanced security on the market. No other product comes close to the wavelengh of 868Mhz along with the very high bit ( 256 Bit ) encription it makes the Pandora un-cloneable at this current time.


We are fully approved and Platinum dealers of the Pandora brand giving outstanding customer care and neat installations in Essex. Give us a call on 07525068291 to book your installation.


Ford Transit MK7 Cobra ADR Alarm Fitting Essex

Posted on 8th September, 2018


The Ford Transit MK7 2006-2014 has been a target for many years. Sadly with thieves using lock picking tools and vehicle key cloning equipment one of these vehicles can be stolen in around 40 seconds. The Cobra ADR stops these types of attacks by instantly sounding the Cobra alarm system if the drivers door lock is picked, the vehicle is also fully immobilised unless the ADR tag is in range meaning the remote code can't be cloned or the OBD used to carry out key cloning in order to start the vehicle.


Your Ford Transit will remain fully immobilised throughout any form of attack carried out by thieves giving you the best possible chance of keeping the vehicle. The Cobra ADR system protects all the doors front, side and rear. The vehicles interior is protected via ultrasonic sensors meaning if a window is smashed or broken the alarm will fully sound.


The alarm is powered by a 118DB siren which has an onboard battery back up meaning if the wiring is cut or the siren is simply unpluged the alarm will keep sounding. The Cobra is a full Thatcham Cat 1 once fitted to your vehicle and we issue a full insurance certificate once the installation is complete.


We are Thatcham Approved, and fully Cobra approved in the Essex area. Fully mobile and come to you at your home or place of work call 07525 068291.

Toyota Supra Cobra Cat 1 Fitted Essex

Posted on 8th September, 2018


















This Toyota Supra got the In Car Advancements treatment to a full removal of the 15 year old immobiliser system that wasn't funtioning correctly. And we reinstalled a Cobra 4138HF Thatcham Cat 1. This system controls the vehicles locking system by simply pressing the Cobra lock button and unlock buttons.


This system protects all zones on the vehicle such as doors, boot and bonnet. The interior is protected via a microwave sensor which is hidden within the vehicles interior meaning you have a very sleek neat installation.


The Cobra 4138HF is a Thatcham cat1 alarm that has proven itself in the market place well over 12 years. Cobra is the bench mark for quality and reliability. If your looking for an alarm installation that will last for many years and offer excellent reliabilty throughout a Cobra alarm system fitted by In Car Advancements is the way to go.


We provide a 3 year warranty on all Cobra products for complete piece of mind. If you would like a Cobra alarm installed call us on 07525 068291.