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2014 Kia Forte: Audible Car Alarms in 2014

May 2, 2014

2014 Kia Forte

We've all had the pleasure of hearing an audible car alarm blaring in a parking garage or on a nearby street when you're trying to enjoy a nice meal or just go about your business. The loud sounds are usually accidentally triggered and any potential theft is completely ignored by everyone.

According to legend (or Popular Mechanics) the car alarm was invented by an unknown automobile mechanic serving a stint in a Denver jail back in 1913, more than 100 years ago.

Most cars today have alarms built in with newer technology like passive immobilizer, a system that makes it virtually impossible to steal a vehicle without the key, sometimes standard or an additional add-on feature like GPS vehicle tracking.

I signed out our 2014 Kia Forte recently and had two car alarm experiences. The first was Friday morning when I was parking in the Edmunds.com garage and was greeted by a nearby car's alarm and its owner looking very much annoyed. It was yet another false alarm that tests everyone's hearing and patience at the same time. Little did I know that I would be swapping places with that car owner soon.

I was at the car wash getting the 2014 Kia Forte all cleaned-up for the week ahead and was put in that same position. The alarm was triggered during the drying phase of the wash and woke up the crowd when Kia's standard alarm was accidentally triggered by the hard-working car washer.

I think it's time to end the audible car alarm and replace it with newer silent immobilizer technology that doesn't add to noise pollution and actually helps prevent car theft.

What do you think?

David Landsness, Director of Video @ 16,022 miles

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Kia Forte in VA is:

$184 per month*
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