How do I determine what level of armoring do I need?
Armor levels are determined by your perceived threat. Is your concern crime, like kidnapping or carjacking? Or terrorist attacks which often involve heavier weapons like grenades and armor piercing shells? Also your driving environment will often determine needs. Do you drive mainly in cities? The countryside? Both? Each of these factors and more will guide your armor decision.
What parts of a vehicle get armored?
The purpose of armoring a car is to protect the passengers, not necessarily the vehicle itself. Towards that end, armor engineers create a cocoon of protection enveloping the passenger cabin. The Armormax solution is to armor all glass and the four doors, thus providing around 90% of the protection for a lot less than the cost of a normal B4 level armored vehicle.
How long will it take to armor my vehicle?
Our delivery times currently average at around 15 working days for a B4 build and 45 working days for a B6 build once we commence work on the vehicle. We keep armor components for most of the popular luxury vehicles in stock. Should we need to order components for a vehicle we do not normally armor, you should allow for an eight week lead time before commencement of armoring.
Am I able to finance and insure a vehicle with armoring?
Yes, we have agreements from most of the major banks for financing the Armormax product.
Can Armormax supply the vehicle to be armored?
Yes, we have a great relationship with a number of vehicle manufacturers and dealers, and due to the volume of vehicle deals we facilitate we can generally get a really good deal for you.
How far will run flat tires carry me if they are shot out?
Run-flat tires will carry you safely for 80 kilometers, more than enough distance to get you to safety or to the nearest repair facility.
Can any vehicle be armored?
The Armormax B4 level of armoring is exceptionally light when compared to traditional armoring solutions. Whilst we generally armor luxury 4x4's and sedans, we are able to undertake certain vehicle specific armoring projects.
What do the levels of protection indicate?
We prefer the B-level standard. It seems to be the easiest to understand. Basically with the B-system, the number indicates roughly the millimeters of thickness of the ballistic steel. For example, a B4 level indicates 4mm of door protection. A B6 level indicates 6mm of ballistic steel protection (6.35mm actually). With the Armormax solution however we use the latest in high tech fibre based material, limiting the need to use heavy ballistic steel.
Who and why were armoring standards developed?
Over time, various governments and their agencies have evolved standards which must be met in their own purchases for military and law enforcement agencies. In the USA for instance, the standards were developed by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), a procurement arm of the US government. In Europe the European Union developed their own standard called CEN, which is the B-Level standard. Other countries too have developed their own standards. But armor is armor, no one standard is any more rigorous or demanding than another, standards basically just aid agencies in their buying decisions.