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No one listens to car alarms going off anymore. Its an everyday occurence for a car alarm to go off. You could drive down the road with the car alarm going off and nobody will bat an eyelid. So what other options are there to deter theives. The answer is steering wheel locks. The best on the market is the disklok.
I have used this on all of my vehicles ive had in the past.
It cost me £70, which i think is a small price to pay for peace of mind and security.
At first i thought the disklok was really heavy and sluggish. I was ensured by the chap behind the counter that if it was really light and flimsy it would be alot easier to get off.
Secondly, when i put the disklok on, it didnt seem to fit like the others you can buy. I went back and told him it didnt fit. Again i was corrected. The fact that it doesnt fit properly and spins around on the steering wheel is actually a safety and security feature.
OK explain this one to me... If there is a lock fitted securely to the steering the steering wheel can be moved by the lock, thus able to steer the vehicle with the lock on. With the disklok this is not the case. As it doesnt fit properly if you try to move the steering wheel with it on, the disklok simply spins round in your hand, thus not being able to steer the vehicle.
There is an added bonus of an arm sticking out at the side. If you even try to drive with this fitted, either your leg gets in the way or you smash your windscreen.
As the whole steering wheel is totally covered it is impossible to remove the steering wheel with the disklok on.
There is different size settings on the disklok depending on the size of the steering wheel it is being put on.
I have seen the disklok so far in two different colours. There is the bright yellow or the platinum (grey).
The disklok can be purchased at most decent car accessory shops, and the price usually ranges from £70 to £80
There is also a bag in which to place your lock in. When not in use put it in the bag and put the bag neatly in the boot of your car.
With one of my old vehicles the disklok actually fit perfectly under the drivers seat. Totally out of the way and not seen when not in use. Nowadays i put the disklok behind the drivers seat. This does not even cause a problem if anybody is sat on the back seats. The fact that the disklok is very strong and durable people can stand on it, and put their feet on it without damaging it. Perfect.
The price to pay for one of these diskloks is nothing compaired to the security and peace of mind you will have while one is on your steering wheel.
I'm certainly considering one of these. My car is only worth about four hundred quid but to me it's priceless and I'd be gutted if someone pinched it. As you say for the peace of mind, it may be worth me getting one. x
robert_parnham 12.07.2004 17:53
Personally i wouldn't bother with one of these. Most modern car's immobilisers are a far more convienet deterent as many of them pass the home office 5 minute drive away guidelines. It just seems a lot of bother to be faffing around with a bulkey great lock on the off chance someone might steal your car....?
MAFARRIMOND 08.07.2004 17:37
You're quite right - we all do seem to ignore car alarms now. This is definately worth a second look. Good review. Maureen