Backup Camera Review - Way, Way, Way Overpriced Coolness
Backup Camera - Way Overpriced Coolness
Just wanted to share my recent experience of my backup camera purchase. I will not disclose the name of the company that sells the mount or kit; however, you will recognize it. I consider this product be "way overpriced coolness". The camera and mount sits below your bumper and just above your receiver hitch.
I purchased this kit to integrate into my aftermarket navigation system for a backup camera option.
Upon receiving the kit, the mount had several nicks in the powder coating and the hole that was cut for the camera assembly was jagged, sharp and should have been deburred and smoothed before mounting the camera assembly.
Upon research, I Google'd the sticker on the camera and discovered that the camera is a standard Boyo VTX100, which is being sold by the "kit company" as their "premium short camera".
I also chose the least expensive shipping method of USPS Priority Mail, which costs $17.30. The camera and mount arrived in a Priority Mail flat rate box, which I think is less than $10.00 at the Post Office.
So, to save a lot of money and have the same exact thing I bought for almost $300.00, you can buy the parts for the following:
Mount (from the "kit" maker) $64.00 (from the maker)
Boyo VTK 100 Keyhole Reverse Camera: Est. Online Price $100-149.00
Total: $164.00 (+/- $49.00)
Estimated Savings of: $125
The Online "Kit company" Price: $289.00 (Mount and Camera). In essence, I could have saved $125.00 buying the mount from the "kit company" and then the camera online and drilled/cut a jagged hole myself.
I ended up having to debur the hole, sand and prime the mount (and eventually paint) as I'm sure it would have rusted in time and had rust streaks down the mount onto my hitch.
So do yourself a favor and take this into consideration before purchasing this "kit".
Pics, please note that I lightly sanded this mount before I took the pictures; however, you can see how jagged the hole was: