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Frequently Asked Questions

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My salesman told me my vehicle has a "factory anti-theft device", it's a chip embedded in my key. 

This anti-theft system is factory installed on almost every new vehicle manufactured today. Most every manufacturer, whether domestic or foreign uses this type system. Embedded in the head of the vehicle’s ignition key is a miniature RFID Transponder Chip which contains one of a trillion possible electronic codes. When the key is inserted into the vehicle’s ignition, the transponder sends a signal to a disc shaped antenna surrounding the key cylinder housing behind the shroud on the steering column. The antenna then relays a signal to the control module and if the signal is correctly recognized, the vehicle is allowed to start. If access is attempted without the correct code, critical systems (ignition, starter) remain inoperable. This all sounds good on paper but all this system does is keep honest people honest, because it is very easy to bypass. The thieves are now using laptops with recorded RFID codes to bypass them in about 20 seconds, which is probably why the factory installs these systems for free.

Does Ravelco Anti-Theft Device come with a warranty?

Yes! The Ravelco Anti-Theft Device comes with a non-transferable lifetime warranty for the original owner.

Will installing the Ravelco device void my vehicle warranty?

Why do I need Ravelco? My vehicle has a factory alarm system.

The remote "keyless entry" capability for locking and unlocking the doors of a vehicle with an alarm system is a great option to have, but as far as security is concerned, the remote control alarm system only interrupts the starter wire, and this can easily be bypassed under the dash.

How big is the Ravelco Anti-Theft Device?

The Ravelco plug, which is what is seen on the inside of your vehicle is 1.25 inches in diameter.

Can I still use my remote start?

Yes, your remote start will still work with the Ravelco Anti Theft Device installed in your vehicle. However, you will have to leave the Ravelco plugged into the unit. Please be aware, by leaving the Ravelco plugged in, your vehicle can be stolen.

  • GPS/RF tracking systems
    When you thank of vehicle security, the first thing that suggested in GPS Tracking Systems. It sounds great on paper but GPS can be costly and are not effective in stopping someone from stealing your vehicle. They only come into play after the vehicle has already been stolen, as reported by the Boston Police Department, the city in which the concept originated. By the time the victim reports their vehicle has been stolen, (which is typically the next day) it has already been stripped, dumped or is never recovered. In the old days, if the owner of the stolen vehicle is lucky, the thief will not have found and removed the tracking transponder while stripping the vehicle and the tracking system will lead the police to the abandoned shell of the vehicle; however, this is not the case today. Modern day professional car thieves come equipped to either dismantle or damage the GPS tracking system once discovered. More tech originated car thieves will simply plug in a ($39) GPS SCRAMBLER aka: (signal destroyer) to scramble any signal coming to or from your vehicle which makes your vehicle invisible. This eliminates the old way of a car thief finding, removing, and discarding the tracking transponder. Sadly, after the thieves are finished stripping the vehicle, law enforcement officers continue to track the signal thinking it is coming from the stolen vehicle when actually it leads them to a trash dumpster in a back alley somewhere! These tracking systems are expensive ($500 and up) that generally require monitoring fees. Many people in the security industry refer to these systems as "After-the-Fact Jack." Ford ®, General Motors ®, and Chrysler ® offer their own system and again these systems are also easily defeated.
  • Factory transponder (smart key) systems
    The Factory Transponder or Smart Key Systems are referred to as vehicle immobilizers are installed as an anti-theft system during factory assembly on vertically every new vehicle manufactured today both domestic and foreign. Embedded in the ignition key or key fob is a RFID transponder contains one of a trillion potential electronic codes. When the key is inserted or the key fob is within feet of the vehicle, the transponder emits a signal to the control module and if the signal is correctly received and acknowledged, the vehicle will start. If access is attempted without the correct RFID code, key systems including (ignition, starter) remain inoperable. It is important to note that this sounds great; however, it can be effortless to bypass with an experienced car thief using a computer or RFID code grabber (RFID Hack) to clone or bypass them in about 5 seconds. It is important to note that car dealerships tell customers that due to this “special” transponder chip in their key or key fob, they do not need any additional security for their car or truck but that is NOT the truth.
  • Remote starters
    Remote starters are of high demand as the convenience of starting your vehicle remotely is a nice to have especially when warming your car up in the winter and cooling it down on those hot summer days, but do not think for a second that your vehicle is secure using this technology. There is absolutely no security at all with these systems. They can all be hacked, and your vehicle started with a laptop or RFID Scanner in seconds.
  • Alarm systems
    Follow in the same technology spectrum as previously stated devices with exception to alarms systems which can contain, in some cases, a combination of three technologies including GPS, remote starter and anti-theft alarm system capabilities. These systems have all but run their course as most auto manufacturers do not even offer alarm systems. They can be totally ineffective in deterring auto theft as most people pay no attention to active alarm signals. To make matters much worse, code grabbers or “Scanner box” can be captured from your remote fob in seconds as you walk in parking lot, down an isle of your supermarket or by the car thieves scanning your house to obtain your key fob signal. Even more expense systems that claim to provide Anti-Scan or Anti-Code Grabbing Technologies were still defeated, as demonstrated in the CBS News Video located in our landing page.
  • Club steering wheel lock
    The Club is widely advertised and is probably the best-known anti-theft product on the market; however, as demonstrated on CBS' American Journal, a car thief using a hacksaw can cut through the vehicle's steering wheel and remove “The Club” in just 22 seconds! The program also demonstrated how a thief can spray "freon" into the locking mechanism of The Club, hit the now frozen lock with a hammer, and shatter it like glass, enabling him to remove The Club. In addition, a device called the Club Buster is designed to break The Club and AutoLock devices in 60 seconds. The Club Buster is used by locksmiths, tow truck operators, and car repo professionals, but any auto thief can buy it on the internet right now for $9
  • Remote starter kills
    A Remote Starter Kill device comes with a remote control and a special reworked starter relay that replaces the factory starter relay in your vehicle's power distribution box with the engine compartment. The power distribution box is very easy to access directly under the hood of the vehicle, and my lifting the cover of the distribution box, pulling out the relay, replace it with any factory relay (cost $10), and drive the vehicle off. Again, the remote control on this device can be scanned and bypassed with a code grabber in seconds.
  • Keypad systems
    A Keypad System connects to the Starter wire under the dash. They can be defeated in seconds by locating the "brain box" of the keypad (which usually located by means of wire-tied or taped to the steering column under the dash). By using a jumper wire to the two contacts the vehicle can be jump started.
  • Steering column collars
    These devices are worthless in terms of theft protection. All a car thief needs to do is to access below the dashboard and pry the ignition switch off the topside of the steering column post, then exposing a rod, pull the exposed rod upward, and allowing the vehicle to start.
  • Brake pedel locks
    Mr. Raviele personally witnessed one of these pedal locks compromised very easily at a crime prevention seminar. The pedal lock is designed to go in between the brake pedal and the floor board of the vehicle obstructing the ability to apply the brake pedal. The idea is that a car thief would not be able to steal the vehicle if he could not stop it. During the demonstration, we observed a “would be thief" hit the side of the pedal lock just below the brake with a small sledgehammer, denting the floorboard until it slipped to the side and was removed. This device was easily circumvented.

Your Vehicle's Warranty

Your New Car & Truck Warranties

THE RAVELCO will absolutely not affect your new car warranty in anyway.  


You want to upgrade your vehicle with aftermarket equipment, but you’re worried about putting the vehicle’s warranty at risk. It’s no wonder. How many times have you heard someone at a automobile dealership say that unless the dealer installs your aftermarket equipment you will automatically void your new car warranty? This common misconception has been repeated often enough to be widely believed – though it is a myth and completely false.


Point out to the dealer the provision of the Magnuson-Moss Act - Require that he explain to you how the aftermarket equipment caused the problem. If he can’t – or his explanation sounds questionable – it is your legal right to demand he comply with the warranty.

Fact: If you are still being unfairly denied warranty coverage, there is recourse. The Federal Trade Commission, which administers the Magnuson-Moss Act, monitors compliance with warranty issues. Direct complaints to the FTC at (202) 326-3128. For "The Businesspersons Guide to Federal Warranty Law" and the full requirements of the Magnuson-Moss Act, visit the FTC's web site by clicking here.


Dealers don’t like warranty work, because it pays less than normal repair work. By promoting the myth that aftermarket equipment automatically voids warranties, some dealers avoid such low-paying work. Instead, they attempt to charge customers the prime service rate for work which is rightfully done under warranty.


Most vehicle owners are not aware they are protected by federal law: the Magnuson-Moss Warranty – Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act of 1975. Under the Magnuson-Moss Act, aftermarket equipment which improves performance does not void a vehicle manufacturer’s original warranty, unless the warranty clearly and conspicuously states that aftermarket equipment voids the warranty. Most states have warranty statutes, as well. Which provide further protections for vehicle owners.

In other words, that means a dealer can’t wiggle out of his legal warranty obligation merely because you install aftermarket equipment. To find out if any aftermarket equipment automatically voids your vehicle’s warranty, check the owner’s manual. It is likely the language you are looking for appears under a heading such as “What Is Not Covered” Although the language seems negative, remember your vehicle manufacturer is simply saying he does not cover the aftermarket products themselves. He is not saying that the products would void the vehicle warranty.


Suppose your modified vehicle needs repairs while still under warranty. Without analyzing the true cause of the problem, the dealer attempts to deny warranty coverage. He made his decision simply based on the fact that you’ve installed aftermarket equipment – a convenient way to dodge low-paying warranty work.

An example of how ridiculous this can get is the man who was denied warranty coverage by a dealer on his power door locks, because he had improved his exhaust system! Sounds nuts? It really happened – because that man did not know his rights and challenge the dealer’s decision.

Fact: A dealer must prove – not just say – that aftermarket equipment caused the need for repairs before he can deny warranty coverage on that basis.


Under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act, a vehicle manufacturer may not make its vehicle warranty conditional on the use of any brand of anti-theft device unless the manufacturer provides the anti-theft device free of charge or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has specifically published that only the vehicle manufacturer’s product may be used. To challenge a false claim, ask the person to put it in writing, or request the vehicle manufacturer’s security system free of charge. If you are charged for the anti-theft device, or they refuse to give you a written statement, this is a violation of Federal law.

This is the actual language of the act:

No warrantor of a consumer product may condition his written or implied warranty of such product on the consumer’s using, in connection with such product, any article or service (other than article or service provided without charge under the terms of the warranty) which is identified by brand, trade, or corporate name; except that the prohibition of this sub-section may be waived by the Commission if:

1.)  the warrantor satisfies the Commission that the warranted product will function properly only if the article or service so identified is used in connection with the warranted product, and 

2.)   the Commission finds that such a waiver is in the public interest.

The district courts of the United States shall have jurisdiction of any action brought by the Attorney General (in his capacity as such), or by the Commission by any of its attorneys designated by it for such purpose, to restrain (A) any warrantor from making a deceptive warranty with respect to a consumer product, or (B) any person from failing to comply with any requirement imposed on such person or pursuant to this chapter or from violating any prohibition contained in this chapter.

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