Buying or leasing an ignition interlock device
If you are looking to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, there are many things to consider. It is important to think through all of your options when choosing your device and provider.
Choosing an ignition interlock provider
If you are required to install an ignition interlock device, make sure you know the type of device you need. In some states, you will be required to install a device that has a camera unit, GPS and/or real-time reporting capabilities.
Make sure the ignition interlock provider you choose is not suspended or has not been suspended by your state or other states. This might indicate issues with the breathalyzer device technology that is used.
If your chosen provider faces a suspension, you risk having to re-install quickly with a different provider. Doing the research up front to eliminate providers prone to suspensions will help to ensure a smooth interlock process. Some companies, such as Intoxalock, have a clean record of no suspensions due to compliance issues. To ensure you have the best experience possible, you will want to seek a company with a clean, stable background.
Choosing an ignition interlock device
Once you have chosen an ignition interlock provider, it important to discuss with your monitoring authority and provider about which model of the device you plan to get. Most ignition interlock companies will talk through your court order over the phone with you to help get you the best device for your requirements.
You will need to consider which additional features, if any, your state requires. These could include a camera, GPS technology and/or real-time reporting of test results. Devices that come equipped with these added features tend to be premium devices that give you more bang for your buck.
Easy to use ignition interlock devices
You’ll want to choose an ignition interlock device that is easy to use. Pick a device with a simple design. Some ignition interlock providers even have design with only one activation button on the unit to ensure simplicity. When looking for an interlock provider, choose one that has a simple blow-inhale-blow pattern. Some device require humming blow patterns that are difficult to execute.
It’s important to consider the following when choosing an ignition interlock provider:
- Affordable – Some interlock companies offer financial assistance and pricing discount for customers that qualify. Most companies, even ones that claim to have simple pricing, will have additional fees throughout your lease.
- Reliable – Make sure your ignition interlock provider has not been suspended in various states in recent years to ensure you will not prolong the time with the device and possible risk of having to exchange during your term of use.
- Easy to use – Consider the type of breath test the device uses. Devices with simple blow-inhale-blow patterns instead of hum patterns will ensure that your sample is accurate and easy to deliver. A device with a simple interface - only one button to activate - will provide you with the easiest interlock experience.