posted on May, 26 2003 @ 05:26 PM
Imagine getting in your car and it won't start. The situation would be aggravating for most, but for hundreds of thousands of Americans it could
simply mean their car payment is overdue. A growing number of car dealers are using starter stoppers technology to ensure you don't get lax on your
Macy Pearson loves the used car she just bought, but it will only start if she's made her car payment. Nestled under her dash is a device called a
starter interrupt system. If Macy doesn't pay, the device is set to disable her car so she can't drive.
Macy's salesman insisted she have it, since she has no credit history. Once Macy sends in her payment, she's given a code number to input into a
remote that connects to a device underneath the dash. "I stick it right in here. You punch in your code, you hear another little chirp and you're
done," explains Macy, as she easily connects the device that will allow her car to run for another week.