Newest Review: ... lock After replacing my vehicle with a newer model and eight years down the line I still have my Disklok. Although I don't use it dail... more
A giant yellow frying pan
Author Name: superness11
Disadvantages: very heavy
When I went away to university I had a very old, yet reliable, 1 litre Corsa. However, some lovely thieves decided to break in and steal my CD player by pulling the door back. I managed to push the door back in but it was weakened by the attack. As a poor student, I couldn't replace the door but my parents "treated" me to a disklok to prevent the car being stolen.
*Price and availability*
The disklok is priced around £60.00. You can purchase the disklok from the Disklok website or major car part stores such as Halfords. Tesco currently have them for £69.97 so it is worth shopping around.
When my parents bought mine a few years ago now, they were £80.00, it seemed very expensive but for the peace of mind it offered it was worth it. The reason why the Diskloks have gone down in price is because the risk of your vehicle being stolen has been significantly reduced. This is due to an advance in technology in the field of car manufacturing. It is now very difficult to steal your car without the keys, hence the increase in burglaries where they steal the keys to take the car.
The device comes in three colours: polished chrome, titanium silver or yellow and three sizes depending on your steering wheel size:
39 - 41.5 cm
41.5 - 44cm.
The device is made from reinforced steel and for this reason it is very heavy. I had the small one and it weighed 3.8kg. It is designed to encase your steering wheel and the best way of describing it would be to say that it is like a steel case that wraps around the steering wheel with an arm sticking out the side.
You open the device down the middle and the two halves are connected by a pivot. You open the device enough so you can put it around the steering wheel and then close the two halves together. There is an arm at the top of the wheel with a lock which you need to set before leaving the vehicle. The lock works with a key and two are supplied with the disklok device.
The device is very heavy and it was such a pain fastening it on and taking it off. It does only take about thirty seconds to do, but my problem was what I did with it after I had removed it! If I put it on the backseat it took a whole seat up and often fell off banging and crashing around.
Nevertheless the sturdiness of the device is an attribute to its success and it has won many awards. It conforms to Thatcham insurance approval (category 3) and is Sold Secure approved. The best feature is that it spins on the wheel when under attack making it impossible to gain any leverage to force the vehicle's own steering lock
After replacing my vehicle with a newer model and eight years down the line I still have my Disklok. Although I don't use it daily, I do sometimes put it on if I leave my car in an undesirable area. The large "yellow" in your face design hopefully acts as a deterrent.
If you are prepared to put up with the weight of it then this is an extremely reliable product. It comes with a three year guarantee but I've had mine for nearly three times this and it is as good as new despite a little peeling paint.
Summary: A reliable device