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In the Walking Dead episode "This Sorrowful Life," Merle hot-wires what looks to be an older car. The car had a car alarm that caused a walker attack. I don't recall there being car alarms on older cars such as this car. Would it have been a reasonable expectation for Merle to think the car might have an alarm? Did cars like the one he hot-wired come with an alarm?

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Welcome to! This question is off-topic because it is pure trivia. Answering the question won't provide any appreciation for the show. If you can edit this to add appreciation to the show, please make the edit and flag for mod attention. – DForck42 Mar 26 '13 at 3:44
The previous edit someone made of changing IMCDB to IMDb was incorrect. I did not look at IMDb - that would be the wrong place to look for such a thing. – MikeBaz Mar 26 '13 at 12:08
@MikeBaz ohh sorry for that edit. Anyways TylerShads have fixed it. – Ankit Sharma Mar 26 '13 at 14:30
All aftermarket alarms draw power in the exact area merle is working at. – user26713 Oct 11 '15 at 1:42
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Older model vehicles such as the one Merel hot wires did not come stock with alarms but if you look at the upgraded wheels (22"?) and upgraded stereo then it's safe to assume the owner also installed an alarm. I'd imagine he didn't think there would be an alarm.

However, the whole idea of this car sitting for 1yr+ and still starting is ridiculous. It would be unreasonable for Merel to think that that the car would even start. It's even harder to believe that he was able to hot wire it with a single hand (cutting the wire, stripping both ends and shorting them).

Also, aftermarket alarms usually do not draw power from inside of the cabin so he would have needed to cut the power from under the hood.

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