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    Interested in retrofitting a reversing camera and / or parking sensors to my 62 plate

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    After beginning to get into the idea of upgrading my lights, I've been looking around the forum and found that it is possible to retrofit a reversing camera to the Insignia. This is something that I've always wished the car had, particularly after a couple of minor taps on the rear end!

    I saw a thread on here where someone recommended VXMods, as I wouldn't feel confident doing this myself. He stated that the reversing camera is easy enough, but the parking sensors are much much more expensive. I think he said about 300 for the reversing camera and something like 540 for the parking sensors! It's a steep price to pay for a 7 year old car with over 100,000 miles but I'm still considering it.

    I wondered if anybody here knew of anyone else who I could contact about possibly getting this done? See how much other people may charge and compare the differences.

    I did like that VX Mods was also located in the North West, which was handy, and he seemed pleasant enough. But one thing that did throw me off a little, other than the price, is that in all of his pictures showing off the reversing camera, it always catches the registration plate. I've driven other cars where this doesn't happen. Is this normal for Insignias, or is that just because of the way he installs them? Ideally I want to be seeing as much of the space behind the vehicle as possible, not the reg plate.

    I've had a quick Google search this morning and I've found this site called AVR Mobiles which I think states that they do the parking sensors for over half the price compared to VX Mods. But what would the difference be in them? Say if I got VX Mods to do the camera, and someone else like these to do the parking sensors, would they work together?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Visual Hudson View Post
    After beginning to get into the idea of upgrading my lights, I've been looking around the forum and found that it is possible to retrofit a reversing camera to the Insignia. This is something that I've always wished the car had, particularly after a couple of minor taps on the rear end!

    I saw a thread on here where someone recommended VXMods, as I wouldn't feel confident doing this myself. He stated that the reversing camera is easy enough, but the parking sensors are much much more expensive. I think he said about 300 for the reversing camera and something like 540 for the parking sensors! It's a steep price to pay for a 7 year old car with over 100,000 miles but I'm still considering it.

    I wondered if anybody here knew of anyone else who I could contact about possibly getting this done? See how much other people may charge and compare the differences.

    I did like that VX Mods was also located in the North West, which was handy, and he seemed pleasant enough. But one thing that did throw me off a little, other than the price, is that in all of his pictures showing off the reversing camera, it always catches the registration plate. I've driven other cars where this doesn't happen. Is this normal for Insignias, or is that just because of the way he installs them? Ideally I want to be seeing as much of the space behind the vehicle as possible, not the reg plate.

    I've had a quick Google search this morning and I've found this site called AVR Mobiles which I think states that they do the parking sensors for over half the price compared to VX Mods. But what would the difference be in them? Say if I got VX Mods to do the camera, and someone else like these to do the parking sensors, would they work together?
    You can fit aftermarket sensors it be a cheaper option. And for the reverse camera, you can also fit this yourself, but you need an xcarlink device to intercept the signal on the factory display so it can transmit the reverse image on the display.
    As for the seeing the numberplate on camera, it depends where you mounted it.
    This is mine when i had it installed
    https://insignia-drivers.uk/threads/...-thread/page16

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    VXMods will use genuine items where it will come up on the display of your speedo... Yes he can be pricey (people have always said that) but he will do a good job... The camera alone costs 150 for a genuine one, then you need a VCI code to activate it on your radio setup which is 40. So thats 190 accounted for right away... And unfortunately its not a service I would offer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by plasma View Post
    VXMods will use genuine items, Yes he can be pricey (people have always said that) but he will do a good job
    You and Andy are best buddies now

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    Quote Originally Posted by plasma View Post
    VXMods will use genuine items where it will come up on the display of your speedo
    The op has preface.

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    Yeah unfortunately it's not going to come up on my speedo, but I believe that it should come up on my Navi 600. Although I did say to him that I was a bit concerned about resetting it because when I got the car a few years ago, it took weeks for the bluetooth to connect to my phone. It was very weird. It would connect to everyone else's fine, but just not mine. Hopefully I don't have that problem again if I do get VX Mods to do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by sriray View Post
    You can fit aftermarket sensors it be a cheaper option. And for the reverse camera, you can also fit this yourself, but you need an xcarlink device to intercept the signal on the factory display so it can transmit the reverse image on the display.
    As for the seeing the numberplate on camera, it depends where you mounted it.
    This is mine when i had it installed
    https://insignia-drivers.uk/threads/...-thread/page16
    I am leaning towards getting sensors as well as a reversing camera, but the cost of especially doing it through VX Mods is off putting as I've said. Is there any difference to getting aftermarket sensors? This is something I really don't know anything about.

    You say that I could fit the reversing camera myself, realistically how hard is this? I don't know anything when it comes to wiring up a car nor taking them apart. Also I have heard about this xcarlink device once or twice, but I don't really know what it is either. Could you help enlighten me with this too? How about the fact that plasma said I'd need the VCI code, as well?

    Also I've looked at the link you posted, and I do think it is more than likely going to be welllllll out of my depth, but is it possible to fit one of those Tesla-style screens in my car? Or is it not compatible with my car because of it's age or whatever? And yes, how you have your camera is exactly how I'd want it. Can't see the reg plate at all.

 

 

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