What Does My Ignition Interlock Really Cost? Less Than a Drink a Day.
People who are required to install an ignition interlock — as well as those who are considering installing one voluntarily for themselves or loved ones — are often concerned about the cost of the device. In fact, if you shop around and go with a reputable provider, it can cost surprisingly little to get back on the road safely and legally.
An ignition interlock, or car breathalyzer, is a device which prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. Frequently the device is ordered by a court or DMV after a DUI conviction. However, an increasing number of people opt to have the device installed in order to safeguard themselves, their loved ones, or employees who drive company vehicles.
Normally, there is a fee to install the device, which will vary by state. Installation runs from $25 to around $125 depending on the type of car. Hybrids and vehicles with pushbutton or remote starters generally have a higher installation fee, as their electrical systems are more complex.
Then there is the monthly fee for calibration — testing and adjusting the device for accuracy — and monitoring — sending data to courts or other authorities. Calibration and monitoring fees are generally between $60 and $80. There is also a de-installation fee at the end of your interlock period.
If you want to save money, watch out for hidden fees. Some ignition interlock companies advertise a monthly monitoring fee of, say, $60, but when you come in you’ll find that the low fee does not included calibration, so you end up paying top dollar. Other companies will surprise you with a vehicle inspection fee in addition to installation.
You can save money by going with a company that has no extra hidden fees. At LifeSafer, pay only the installation and monthly fees that you’re quoted at the beginning. There have never been any extras or hidden fees, and never will. Check our website for discounts as well.
Generally, your ignition interlock will cost you around $3 a day — less than the price of a drink at a bar. A small price for the freedom of the road and the safety of sobriety.