To Buy or Not to Buy Your Own Dashcam

Chances are you have seen dashcam video footage while flipping through the TV channels and seeing the news. Especially, the footage from police dashcams, those are popular. Did you know that you can purchase your own, though? They are but popular here, but in other counties like Russia they are. Let’s discuss the issues.

Here in the United States

Back here in the States, one of the big reasons to get a dashcam is to protect yourself if an accident occurs. A driver with a dashcam can give the recording to their insurance company to help determine who is at fault and speed up the claims process. Insurance fraud is another reason. Like cops do with their in-car cameras, the footage is admissible in court and can help to prove a case.

Popularity in Russia

A number of the cars in Russia have dashcams. Because Russian car insurance is expensive, most Russian car owners have only basic liability coverage on their vehicles. To protect themselves if accidents happen, Russsians mount dashcams in many of their cars because insurance companies are unlikely to award compensation without clear photographic evidence of the driver at fault in the case of a crash. Officially referred to as “videoregistrators,” by the Russsians, dashcams offer a cheap and reliable method for drivers’ protection.

In fact, the prevalence of dashcams has just about stopped the business of insurance scammers in the country. These people would make a weak attempt at pretending to be hit by a vehicle and then demand cash from the driver so they wouldn’t call the police.

Chevrolet and Corvettes

Chevrolet offers a personal video recorder in new Corvettes. It’s like a dashcam but is build into the car’s electronics and can overlay the video with throttle and brake position, RPM, speed and even the vehicle’s g forces. The recorder has the storage capacity to record about two hundred minutes of footage. Thankfully, it records the video onto its SD card so you can upgrade the available capacity. The upcoming Cadillac ATS-V has the same personal video recording feature.

How how much money would I have to put down for this?

As little as $50 for a model with a basic feature set, or over $300 for full featured models with motion sensors, GPS and other features. Most are powered by the vehicle’s 12V outlets and can be mounted on the dash or behind your rear-view mirror (so it is out of sight). Like Chevrolet’s personal recorder, most of the aftermarket dashcams have an internal storage capacity that is fairly limited but can be upgraded with higher capacity SD cards. The really great dashcams also have software that automatically rewrites over old recordings footage. You only leave them on until a time when you need the footage and then you can download the footage to acomputer.

It is ultimately up to you to decide about getting a dash cam! Thank you to the Sales team at Brown’s Alfa Romeo, a full-service car dealer in Patchogue, NY, for sitting down with us to discuss dash cams!


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