Can an Ignition Interlock device damage my car?
Having an ignition interlock device installed can lead to many questions. You may be wondering if the ignition interlock device will damage your vehicle after you have it uninstalled. Because the ignition interlock device is installed into the wiring of the vehicle it will do no damage, assuming you have it removed by a reputable installer. The ignition interlock device will not be physically attached to your vehicle, it will be wired into the engine so the vehicle will not start if you are under the influence of alcohol.
Ignition interlock devices are designed to work with your vehicle to prevent you from driving after you have been drinking. The systems are setup with predetermined legal limits so when you breathe into your device before starting your vehicle it will determine if you are able to drive. If you are under the legal limit the vehicle will be able to start. However, if you are over the legal limit the ignition interlock device will not allow your vehicle to start. The ignition interlock devices are hard-wired into your car so that they can control whether or not your vehicle starts.
You might believe that because the ignition interlock device is “built-in” to your vehicle it may leave some damage when it is removed. Instead, when an ignition interlock device is removed from your vehicle the wiring will be returned to the way it originally was before the device was installed. You will want to be sure you have your device installed by a reputable ignition interlock company to ensure that there is no damage done to your vehicle. Also, if you try to remove the ignition interlock device yourself there will very likely be damage to your vehicle because it is wired into your engine.
Because of the way the ignition interlock device is installed there will be no holes drilled into your vehicle. The device is wired into your system and any and all parts of the ignition interlock device are simply additions to your vehicle. There are concerns that an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle could potentially damage the warranty on your vehicle. This is also untrue. No changes are actually made to your vehicle. You only have the addition of the ignition interlock.
If you have to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle you rest easy knowing it will not damage your vehicle. The device will allow you to get back on the road by preventing you from driving after you have been drinking. It is completely safe for your vehicle to have an ignition interlock device installed, and there will be no damage done once it is removed. The wiring will be returned to normal, and no one will ever know an ignition interlock device was installed in your vehicle.