I've been digging around and trying to come up with more Stargard info.
I found this telling statement on their web page: "Introducing the first customer-financed
auto-inventory system. Here’s how it works:
Stargard helps locate and protect your inventory while it’s on the lot. The most efficient way to track your inventory." It goes on to pitch a bunch of benefits to dealers for use while they are in possession of the car, but pitching it as something the consumer will end up paying for.
The parent company, All Lines Dealer Services (https://alllinesdealerservices.com/prod ... -overview/
), also peddles all the after-sales add-ons many of us try to avoid while purchasing a car from a dealer: paint protection coatings, underbody coatings, pulsing brake lights, warranty and service add-ons. They also provide salesforce training and inventory management software.
I couldn't locate the installation manual for Stargard, but I found one from a competitor called GuidePoint Systems. These two paragraph from the manual sure make it seem like they don't want the owner to know it's there:
"The GPS-SID Control Module should always be well hidden in the vehicle. The control
module should only be accessible by removing various dash panels and should never be
visible to the vehicle’s driver. Additionally, cable ties should always be used to secure
the module in place so that it does not come loose. Hiding and securing the control
module properly will reduce the chances of tampering."
"The antenna should never be visible to the vehicle’s driver. Make sure the antenna is
underneath the plastic of the dash. As long as there is no metal above the antenna, it
should function properly."
Maybe I'm just jaded, and the manufacturer is trying to keep us consumers protected by minimizing the risk of a thief locating and deactivating the system.