Here at Fort Collins Foreign Car service, we are an auto shop located in Fort Collins. We specialize in foreign car work and repairs, but our services are comprehensive enough to include most auto work. One service that you can get at our shop, but not everywhere else, is Guardian Ignition Interlock System installation. A Guardian Ignition Interlock System is a device that does not allow a car to start unless a person has blown a clean test into an alcohol monitor. If you are new to this device, we answer some frequently asked questions about it here.

Can I install Guardian Interlock myself?

No, this device is only meant to be installed by an authorized professional. Its primary use is to prevent previous DUI and DWI offenders from being able to start their car after having a drink, and is thus registered to that person. An authorized third party installer is necessary to ensure the device is installed properly. Once installed, the device captures data that we can download manually.

How long is installation?

Installation times can vary, but the system is generally installed within two to three hours. This should include a training session so that you know how to use your new device in full. Before installation, it is important not to drink for 24 hours at least, and avoid any products with alcohol like mouthwash, or you may not be able to take your vehicle home.

Can I get the device on a motorcycle?

The Guardian Ignition Interlock Device is compatible with motorcycles and can be installed. However, Colorado law prohibits the device from being installed on motorcycles.

What if my vehicle isn’t registered to me?

If your vehicle is not registered to you, but you still need the Guardian Ignition Interlock installed, you must have a notarized letter of permission from the registered owner of the car. After permission has been given, the owner does not need to be present during installation.

What if my vehicle needs repairs?

Once the Guardian Ignition Interlock Device is installed, you will need to call Guardian Interlock’s toll-free number for repairs on your vehicle.


Hopefully, you now feel a little bit more knowledgeable about this device. For more information on Guardian Ignition Interlock Device installation in Fort Collins, or our auto repair services, please do not hesitate to give us a call at your earliest convenience. One of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!