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mkaudio17 
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Posted: February 08, 2005 at 10:23 AM / IP Logged  
Well the car stereo shop in town is starting to do remote starts, alarms, etc. I have been given the opportunity to select what product we would like to carry, After talking to vendors i have narrowed it down to DEI, Compustar, and Audiovox/Code-alarm. I am leaning towards the Audiovox, Code because its a higher profit margin yet aren't sure if i would want to go there because circuit city carries them. Compustar is no where around but is pricey, i havent had personal experiance with them either. I will probally go with trilogix bypasses because of the price, or with DEI pieces if we take viper. I have had experiance with both DEI and Audiovox/Code and Code is probally the easiest to install. I love DEI but would rather have a larger brain with built in relays, then a ribbon cable to a satelite relay pack. Whats your input??
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misterjimbo 
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Posted: February 08, 2005 at 12:14 PM / IP Logged  
dei... good stuff, but pricey. in my opinion they do make the best bypasses and modules, but i love audiovox product. good pricing and reliable product. in my area i could not sell a compustar if i wanted too. in this gaem name recognition is important
mkaudio17 
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Posted: February 08, 2005 at 12:36 PM / IP Logged  
I haven't had bad experiance with DEI at all the only problem is that when you are workin on vehicles with limited space you can bust out more vehicles without having to mount a separate component. If i did go with dei i would probally cut the ribbon cable short and tie the relays and the brain together. I do like the code that it has on board trunk and dome light, easy features that wont cost extra relays but could charge labor for it.
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Posted: February 08, 2005 at 12:58 PM / IP Logged  
I've promoted Copustar through and through in these forums for obvious reasons or reliability & for me the profit margin is definitely there for the entry level remote starter's. The All-in-pne 2 way systems are pricey but I usually don't have trouble selling these to customer's after showing them what it's capable of. The DEI brand is a great system too, but I don't like having to wire in the satellite relay pack and having to find room under the dash for them ( times consuming ). In the end though, all 3 companies have great products and good reputations, just go with the one that your most familiar with as well as profitable for your business.
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Posted: February 08, 2005 at 1:12 PM / IP Logged  

Dont get caught up in DEI's little one man world.....They will contract you to buy ALL of their line (like everybody else)

BE different, have something to offer that you cannot get across the darn street or at radio shack...

I know you cant get DEI at radio shack......but allmost, they are proffit whores. If another shop comes to town AFTER you get the liine, thell just sell it to them too  You have No territory protection

They believe in the power of ONE........THEM

Give astroflex a call........

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Posted: February 08, 2005 at 3:37 PM / IP Logged  

wow.... propaganda brain washing does work.......... did Astro give you cassette tapes to play while you sleep??  

things must be different down there because up here DEI does protect their dealers in a certain territory... of course, you have to buy enough product to qualify as a DEI dealer.... or maybe that's what he was ranting about....

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Autostart, every stone throw away shop near me has it. Easy to install, no relay pack, everything is inside. You get new unit replace right away if they don't work. Not too many has fail on me, just the antenna. The sticky tape on the antenna needs a bit of work. It has to be replace with a better two sided tape after it has seen the first winter season.   
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kgerry wrote:

wow.... propaganda brain washing does work.......... did Astro give you cassette tapes to play while you sleep??  

things must be different down there because up here DEI does protect their dealers in a certain territory... of course, you have to buy enough product to qualify as a DEI dealer.... or maybe that's what he was ranting about....

NO tape....Im just old school....I dont think ANYONE should be allowed to tell you what you MUST purchase to be a dealer.  Dei does what pioneer and premier does...same crap different name  (you know)

Viper, Hornet, Sidewinder.....etc. etc. etc..............

mkaudio17 
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Posted: February 09, 2005 at 3:05 PM / IP Logged  
i agree bobk, i am goin to be competing with best buy and circuit city, our shop will stay open and get it done. cc carries code, best buy dei. I might go with dei becasue i know i wont have any problems at all, the other toss up is audiovox becasue of their quality, on board relays and they are dirt cheap.
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KarTuneMan 
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Posted: February 10, 2005 at 1:21 AM / IP Logged  
So what your sayin is, we'll be seein more posts from you and your guys with problems that we have seen posts on for the past year?   Business is a risk......what are you risking by bein like everyone else?
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