Date registered: Dec 2003
Vehicle: 2004 SLK32 AMG
Location: San Diego, CA
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RE: Teleaid VS Lojack
There should be a whole bunch of threads on this subject that you can find now that the search function appears to be working again.
Tele Aid and LoJack are two very different systems geared towards different uses. LoJack is about stolen vehicle recovery. Tele Aid is more about safety and convenience.
From the point of view of stolen vehicle recovery, several things work against Tele Aid. The current Tele Aid system only uses analog cellular to contact the service center. If the Tele Aid in your system can't connect to the carrier ATX contracts with, or there is no analog service, your system can't communicate with the service center. For the GPS to get a fix, it needs an unobstructed view of the sky. That means if your car gets put in a container or is in a building, there's a good chance that the GPS won't be able to get a fix. For Tele Aid to get a fix on your car, the ignition has to be on, I don't think it actually needs to be running. So, if your car gets towed, flat bedded or whatever, only the last position it was in will be reported but not where it went. From the point of view of safety and convenience the only things against it are the use of analog cellular and the cost.
LoJack is a sytem operated by the police to track and locate stolen vehicles. There is an upgrade to LoJack called the early warning system which will notify you that your vehicle moved without you in it so you can report it stolen sooner. This was very important to me. There is a one time fee which includes the hardware and installation, but it isn't cheap. You can usually get a better price if you call LoJack directly. Since I live in Southern CA and close to the border, I believe LoJack Early Warning System is the right thing. I will not renew my Tele Aid when the first year is up - and I'll probably be replacing the head unit anyway which will disable it altogether.
If you want the other servicesTele Aid offers go for it if you think it is worth it. The fact that it might be able to help recover a stolen vehicle is an added bonus. If you and your vehicle are in a location where LoJack is available, it is certainly worth it. You can certainly have both.