No. Dont waste your time. You can find a good prestige alarm from several online sights as well as many other brands. eBay too caries tons of good alarms and though there are dangers with eBay, there are many good honest deals there too.
Installing an alarm can be a hassle and even dangerous if you dont know what you are doing. It depends on the type of car you are putting it on. If you put the make and model of your car, I may can help more.
As far as warranty BS is concerned, it's just that: BS. the product is either going to work or not work and typically most shops I know of arent going to simply install a new alarm for you if yours fails... its not that kind of warranty. *usually* (and there are probably some shops that work differently), the shop will just take out your old one and send it off to be fixed. You can do that on your own. I've never had any company ask me who installed a product. Likewise, I havent had many problems with my stuff either. Most companies as that you call in and get a Return Authorization (RA) and then you ship the product and the RA to them. They fix it or replace it as they see fit and return it back. It works the same way as with a dealer, in most cases (again, some shops may be different).
Some good brands to go with are Ungo, Prestige, Code Alarm, Clifford, Viper, DEI, and Harada (though they make OEM stuff now). Features are wonderful on the alarm but the more features you have, the more work it is. For example, your gm/saturn/chevy vehicles have the Passlock system to bypass for remote start which requires either fiddling with resistors and solder or buying a $20 to $50 module to put in. Many Fords need a module that houses a second key strapped to the steering column so that the car sees a certain ohm of resistance at all times for remote start to work. Door locks can vary in the way they work and most times require some sort of relay (or combination of relays) configuration. Still, NONE Of this is hard to do, just time consuming.
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A 1995 Crown Vic is easy to do a keyless entry on. You can get a good alarm by any of those brands for pretty cheap. Even one doing remote start is not a hassle and something you could do easily. I dont think the 1995's had any special features with them that would have forced a person to get an additional module. my email address is email@example.com if you have other questions.
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