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I just purchased a new RAV4 Limited, and the dealer told me that if I bought/installed an aftermarket alarm system through a third party, it would void the electrical/electronic component of the Toyota warranty. In other words, I was talked into buying the alarm from the dealer (and it's not even a Toyota alarm, it's a Pursuit). I'm tempted to get my money back because it's not installed, yet but need to know if the warrany claim is just a complete hoax.

Does anyone know?
 
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The other side of the coin is that the CanBus electronic systems that are fitted to modern vehicles do not take kindly to folk snipping at their wires to install stuff, so if you do go for an aftermarket system, make sure that the installer knows EXACTLY what he is doing. Chances are that the system that your dealer intends to fit, although not genuine Toyota is designed specifically for the car, so if you can get the same kit, then there should be no problem.

Personally, I see no point to alarms as no one pays any attention to them anyway, unless the thief actually has the keys to your vehicle, the car is undrivable anyway and the only realistic way to steal your car is to lift it on to a loader
 

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Oil Burner said:
Personally, I see no point to alarms as no one pays any attention to them anyway, unless the thief actually has the keys to your vehicle, the car is undrivable anyway and the only realistic way to steal your car is to lift it on to a loader
Have you ever had a car stolen? I have. There is actually no reason not to get an alarm. If it helps or doesn't help, it doesn't cost anything. The reduced premium on insurance pays for the extra cost of the alarm.
 

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syadasti is absolutely CORRECT! The burden of proof is on the dealer not you. He can not arbitrailly deny warrenty work on your car based solely on aftermarket products. He does have some recourse though. Read the M&M Act.
 

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Leena,

If it is not installed, you might at least try to negotiate the price down by threatening to cancel the install. If nothing else, you might save a little coin.
 

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If the electrical system fails due to the alarm itself or its installation, then it would not be covered under warranty.
 
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