LoJack Warning for First Timers
Stowed my bike for winter. I didn't bother to put it on a trickle charger. I figured I would just charge it up the following Spring when I was ready to ride again.
In fairness to LoJack, I'm sure they have it clearly documented somewhere, that if you allow your $800 LoJack to go completely dead, you've completely lost it forever, but I never saw that section of any manual.
I mistakenly thought that it would just come back to life when I recharged my bike's battery. A call to LoJack customer service delivered the crushing news.
"No, sir. If the LoJack's internal backup battery goes dead, it's pretty much just dead. Older LoJacks had a replaceable battery, but even that would cost a few hundred dollars to replace. The newer LoJacks cannot even be opened."
Stunned, I asked, "You mean, my $800 LoJack is like one of those greeting cards that plays music, that you just throw away when its battery runs out?"
"Well, if you keep it charged, it will last a pretty long time."
Stunned silence. You mean, I just lost almost $1000 because I let my bike's battery run down over the winter months.
"Yes, sir. I'm sorry that the sale person did not explain that adequately to you." :yikes: :cursin:
That's my story, friends. Do not let this happen to you.
A LoJack representative contacted me. She expressed regret to learn of my loss as reported on twowheelforum.com and ripoffreports.com. She apologized that the risks of not using a trickle charger at all times had not been adequately conveyed to me.
To my dismay, she told me that LoJack was going to send, not just a technician, but one of their regional supervisors to my home. He will personally replace my LoJack at no cost!!!
This exceeds all my expectations for customer service. I am blown away.
It's a little bit of a bummer that I have to keep my bike tethered to a trickle charger, but now I know what the rules are for having a top of the line LoJack protecting my bike. Once I get the trickle charger setup in the garage (perhaps mounted on the wall), and get pig-tales for the battery, it won't be any trouble. It's just a very small, initial hassle.
Though it hasn't happened yet (They're calling me back to schedule it), I am extremely grateful to LoJack for so quickly responding to this posting, and for their eagerness to make it right. This redeems the image I've had of them in the past.
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