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While driving is a necessity in modern life, it can still be a dangerous and expensive endeavour. Whether you’ve been a previous victim of someone damaging your car and then not leaving their details or you’re just worried about it happening to you, dash cam footage could give you peace of mind.
By installing dash cams to monitor the front, the back or the inside of your car, you can have proof of any wrongdoing. This can help if you need to pursue an insurance claim or go to court to get someone to cover the costs of your car damage.
Because dash cams need a power source, they can be difficult to install. Airtasker can help you find qualified mechanics and electricians in your area to take this job off your hands and make sure you’re covered should someone damage your car.
Because dash cams provide a neutral account of what happened in an accident, they are admissible in court as evidence. This helps to show an event as it truly happened and takes away from the he-said/she-said nature of traffic accidents.
The most common type of dash cam is single-lens. This is generally installed to look out of the front of your windscreen. You can also get a dual-lens dash cam, with the second camera either filming your car's interior or out of the rear windscreen.
Dash cams are legal in Australia as long as you use them as intended. However, you cannot deliberately film or share footage of people on private property (such as in their home, garden or garage).
If you’re filming the inside of your vehicle where other people are present, for example if you drive a taxi or work for a ride-sharing app, then you should make it clear with signs that there are cameras present.
Most dash cam models work with an external memory card. They record short segments of video that you can view by loading the videos onto a computer or similar device. Be aware that many cameras start recording over previous videos once the card is full, so if there's anything you want to watch or review, you should do so as soon as possible.
There are two options to power your dash cam. One is to use your car's cigarette lighter. Your installer should be able to put the wire into your dashboard to keep things tidy. The downside is that you can't use the lighter for USB chargers for phones.
Alternatively, you can hardwire the dash cam into your car's power circuit, which keeps the cigarette lighter free for other devices.
Most models also have a small battery to keep recording if you have to turn off the car after an accident, but this shouldn't be used as the main source of power.
Through Airtasker, the average price for dash cam installation is $130, but this job can easily range from $100 to $160.
There are two main types of dash cams – those that are powered by your car’s cigarette lighter and those that are hardwired into your car’s electronics. Both require someone who knows their way around a car and a circuit board, as even when you use the cigarette lighter to power your dash cam it’s a lot tidier to have the wires going behind your dashboard.
While it is possible to find people who specialise in dash cam installation, most often you’ll find people who offer this service among others that may be useful in the case of an emergency.Auto electricians
As the name suggests, an auto electrician focuses on the wiring and electrical components of your vehicle. Auto electricians often offer dash cam installation as a side line, but they’ll also be able to run diagnostics on your car and fix any issues you may be having with your lights, radio or windows.Panel beaters
If you’re installing dash cams because you’ve been a victim of a hit and run, then you may need help getting your car back into shape. Panel beaters specialise in removing bumps and dents from your car’s body and they’ll also touch up the paintwork to leave it looking good as new.Car stereo installation
It can be cheaper to hire someone to do multiple jobs at once rather than separating the work you need people to do. If you’ve been thinking about replacing your radio, adding a request for car stereo installation to your dash cam installer’s workload could be a smart idea.Car battery replacement
When you’ve got your dash cam hooked up, it’s vital that it has a reliable power source. If you’ve been having troubles with your power, organising for someone to replace your car battery could prove vital in an emergency and will also ensure that your car runs more smoothly.