Q1: WHAT DO PEOPLE MEAN BY ARMORED VEHICLES?

A: In the media and general public, references to "armored vehicles" often have a military subtext. However, in the industry that we are in, armored vehicles are non-military, but include law enforcement and commercial application, as well as personal use. This means a variety of sedans, SUVs, vans, and trucks of different sizes for various commercial and law enforcement applications.

 

Q2: HOW DO I KNOW WHAT PROTECTION LEVEL I NEED?
A: There are several Ballistic Standards in the world with different levels indicating different standards (see Alpine’s Ballistic Standards). It can be confusing if a level is referred to as just a number or a letter, unless it is referenced to its respective standards. Alpine Armoring offers ten (10) clearly stated levels of protection, each corresponding to a major and internationally recognized ballistic standard.

 

Q3: WHAT COUNTRIES ARE RIGHT HAND DRIVE (RHD) AND WHAT COUNTRIES USE LEFT HAND DRIVE (LHD) VEHICLES?

A: RHD Countries are indicated in red for ease of searching, shown in the list below.

   

 

Q4: WHAT DO LOW PROFILE DESIGN (LPD) AND HIGH PROFILE DESIGN (HPD) MEAN?
A: A vehicle is called Low Profile when the appearance of the vehicle is either not altered or or insignificantly altered to the point a layman cannot easily tell the difference. All of Alpine's personal protection vehicles for VIP's and personal use are LPD. On the other hand, vehicles for the Police (SWAT), Cash Carrying Trucks (CIT) and Water Canon/Riot Control Trucks are all considered HPD (High Profile Design).

 

Q5: HOW MUCH ARMORED WEIGHT IS USUALLY ADDED TO THESE VEHICLES?
A: Depending on the protection level, about 1500 pounds (700 to 750 Kg). On trucks the added weight would be much more. However, we always make sure the added weight is below the GVWR of the specific vehicle designed to be armored.

 

Q6: ARE THE SUSPENSION & BRAKES UPGRADED TO ALLOW FOR THE EXTRA WEIGHT?
A: Suspension is almost always upgraded & reinforced. The brakes are sometimes upgraded depending on the make & model of the vehicle being armored and the additional weight being added.

 

Q7: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO HAVE A VEHICLE ARMORED?
A: We often keep an ample supply of STOCK armored vehicles for immediate shipping. A new SUV or sedan would take about 3 to 8 weeks to finish. Exotic vehicles as well as SWAT trucks and Riot Control trucks take longer.

 

Q8: DO I NEED AN EXPORT LICENSE TO SHIP ARMORED VEHICLES OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES?
A: Alpine Armoring Inc. no longer requires an Export License as a result of the new regulations published in the Department of Commerce Federal Register dated June 20, 2013. As long as the vehicles do not meet the new minimum thresholds or are not for off road military use. This does not apply to all vehicles Alpine Armoring Inc. offers, and is reviewed on a case by case basis.

 

Q9: DO I NEED TO HAVE A SPECIAL LICENSE TO DRIVE AN ARMORED CAR IN THE UNITED STATES?
A: Usually not. However, in some states (i.e. California) the local authorities require a special license by the operator (even for personal vehicles). Obtaining that license is normally easy with the proper justification provided to to DMV. These laws can potentially be changed and is therefore subject to new guidelines. It is best to check with the local sheriff of the jurisdictions/state one resides in to find out what the latest laws are pertaining to operating an armored vehicle in that state.

 

Q10: HOW DOES A WARRANTY WORK ON THE VEHICLE ITSELF AND ON THE ARMORING PARTS?
A: Normally, all of Alpine's armored vehicles come with a minimum one (1) year warranty on all armored parts and labor. In some cases the original manufacturer does honor the warranty of the vehicles itself and that can be handled at a local dealer in the USA or anywhere in the world. However, many other manufacturers (Mercedes-Benz) considers the warranty of their vehicle void if the vehicle is armored.

 

Q11: HOW DO I PAY FOR A VEHICLE AND DOES ALPINE OFFER FINANCING?
A: All our sales are performed based on 50% deposit at the time of order and 50% due prior to shipping except for the US Government contracts and selected buyers with previous buying records. In some cases of foreign government purchases we also accept pre-approved Letter of Credit as form of payment. All the STOCK vehicles will have to be paid via wire transfer prior to shipping.

 

Q12: IS THERE A TRAINING COURSE THAT I CAN TAKE TO LEARN TO OPERATE AN ARMORED CAR?
A: Yes, we do offer special training for those who need it, especially for evasive driving and hijacking situations. However, for the average person, driving an armored car (SUVs and sedans) requires little training and a lot of common sense. Considering the vehicle’s weight is nearly 20 to 40 percent heavier, the driver should use extra caution in stopping distances, when going around curves, and maintaining at or below the maximum road speed at all times.

 

Q13: IF WE ARE A LOCAL POLICE JURISDICTION, HOW DO WE APPLY FOR A GRANT (HOMELAND SECURITY, ETC.)?
A: There are grants available for different jurisdictions for different amounts. (Homeland Security Grants). We also offer financing and lease package to any US law enforcement agency that may need financing to purchase a SWAT truck.