If you have read my previous post (check it out here if you missed it) you will know that my better half is neurotic about security and has decided to attach every anti-theft device she can find to our Elddis Accordo 120 in a bid to make sure no one pinches it.
The next thing on her list was a steering wheel clamp and guess who was given the job of finding the best one? You’ve guessed it – me. First off I have to say that I am of the opinion that if a thief wants your property they will have it away regardless of how much security you have. That said I am also of the opinion that security acts as a deterrent for the petty thieves and scum bags and also slow down the “proper” thieves hopefully to the extent they either give up or are disturbed and flee.
I have to say that finding a steering wheel clamp was actually quite a difficult task. There are loads of different types of steering clamp and steering wheel locks available and a quick search on Amazon (I love Amazon – it is my go to site for most things) resulted in loads of different steering wheel security devices. There were clamp and disc style locks, there were premium branded and replica (Chinese made?) locks, there were very expensive and cheap locks…… there were just so many to choose from.I read user reviews about all the products I buy so once I had found a few steering wheel locks that looked suitable I started looking at some of the reviews to see what other users thought of them.
Being an avid reviewer myself I pride myself on balanced and critical reviews and highlight the positives and negatives of the product under scrutiny, however I know there are many people who don’t seem to share my thoughts on this approach and that if they like the product they give it a rave review (and totally dismiss the negatives) and if they don’t like the product they leave a damning review (and totally dismiss the positives – and everything has at least one positive). I am also aware that many people get “free” sample products to test and review (I receive quite a few myself) and when this happens a lot of people will leave a rave review – to make sure they receive more freebies and not missed in the next handout. Because of this I take reviews with a “pinch of salt” and tend to look at the general overall picture.
After reading the reviews it soon became clear that all steering locks are pretty much the same. Some users said there is no point in spending out on an expensive premium branded lock when a cheap and cheerful Chinese made lock does exactly the same thing. Other users said that it is worth spending a little more for the peace of mind that a thief will take longer to remove the lock.
Reading the reviews really didn’t help at all. My wife is hell bent on the “Sold Secure” and “Thatcham” endorsed security products so I knew that the steering wheel clamp I bought had to have at least one of these logos stamped all over the box. Fortunately, this requirement considerably narrowed the amount of locks available and there was one particular steering wheel lock that kept coming up time and time again – the StopLock Pro Steering Wheel Lock Thatcham Cat 3, and with plenty of good reviews I thought my better half would approve.
There were some negative reviews about the Stoplock Pro Steering Wheel Lock and the majority of these were that the product did not fit without activing the horn. There is a vehicle fitment guide on the Stoplock website so I checked to make sure the Peugeot Boxer was on the list, which it was. Perhaps if the people who whinged about the Stoplock actually bothered to read the fitting guide they would see that their BMW SUVs aren’t listed!
I did read a negative review about the key jamming in the lock (but this can happen with any locking mechanism) and another where the key snapped off in the lock (perhaps the owner should have been a little more careful and not forced it?!?) and another where the clamp got “stuck” on the steering wheel which required the services of the AA to get it off. All in all the negatives weren’t that bad, I mean if users were whinging about the lock failing, the quality and durability of the clamp arm and stuff like that I would be concerned – but people who don’t read the instructions and people who are too rough with things don’t concern me at all.
So there we have it, the story of how and why I ended up buying the Stoplock Pro steering wheel lock. Now then, what’s my thoughts about it……………
Review of the Stoplock Pro steering wheel lock
I have had the Stoplock Pro for a few days now so I thought it was time to write a quick review, however there really isn’t that much to report about it.
Compared to other steering wheel locks I held in a couple of local motoring accessory shops (I am not going to mention any names but I am sure you can guess) the Stoplock Pro does feel very sturdy, but it is any better than the others? The Stoplock Pro is one of the most expensive steering wheel locks I found – Is it worth additional cost over the alternatives? Hmmmmmm……. These are questions I can’t answer.
What I can confirm is that the Stoplock Pro feels well-made and looks like it will do what it is supposed to, so that’s a good thing. The Stoplock Pro is quick and easy to fit, however it is pretty tight on the space I have on my Peugeot steering wheel. This obviously makes it a little more awkward to fit but I don’t see this as a bad thing since it should also work the other way and make it a little more awkward to get off.
I like value for money, and I am un-decided whether the Stoplock Pro is the best value for money. The thing is, the Stoplock Pro is endorsed and the wife is happy and that’s all that matters.
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A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.
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