Technically, some companies will sell you an ignition interlock device (IID) for personal use. However, if you are ordered by the court to install an IID after a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) under California Vehicle Code §23152, you will have to lease the device.
The court system in California requires you to lease your IID from a court-approved company. You’ll have to pay a fee to the company every month that you have the device in your vehicle.
Restrictions on Buying an IID in California
The court system can order you to install an IID on your vehicle if you are convicted of a DUI in California. Depending on how many previous DUIs you have on your record, you may need to keep an IID installed for a number of years.
Drivers have to work with a court-approved IID installation company. This company installs the IID and will provide you with instructions on the use of the device. The company also handles regular maintenance and check-ups for the IID.
You are not allowed to buy an IID for this court-ordered program. You must lease the device from the company that installed it. This means you’ll have to pay a monthly fee for the use of the device. You also have to pay fees for maintenance and upkeep.
Options to Purchase an IID in California
What if you are not ordered by the court to install an IID on your vehicle? In this situation, you can choose to purchase an IID outright from some companies. Most IID installation companies prefer for you to lease their IIDs. But some companies, like ALCOLOCK, will sell you a device outright for personal use.
Some drivers want to buy a personal IID because:
- They are worried about drinking and driving
- They’re worried about a family member driving after drinking
For example, some parents worry about their teenage children drinking and driving. They can choose to install an IID onto vehicles their child drives. You may decide to either lease an IID or buy the device outright in this situation.
Buying an IID for Business Vehicles
Some businesses are interested in installing IIDs on fleet vehicles. In this situation, they may choose to purchase a large number of IIDs. There are companies that will sell IIDs to trucking companies and other businesses.
However, many IID companies still recommend leasing their devices for use on commercial vehicles. In the end, the choice about whether to buy or lease a device will be left up to the company.
Installation and Leasing Costs for IIDs
Drivers convicted of a DUI have to lease an IID in the state of California. You’ll face costs to install the IID. Some companies charge between $70 – $150 to install an IID. Other companies will offer specials that include free installation.
It’s a good idea to review all of your options before you select an installation company. Go over any current specials to make sure you get the best deal for IID installation here in Los Angeles.
You’ll also have to pay leasing fees on a monthly basis for the full period of time you use the IID. You may need to pay up to $100 a month to lease your device. You’ll also be expected to cover any maintenance or repair costs for your IID.
Note that these are the prices for a single IID. If you have multiple vehicles, you will need to pay for several IIDs for all of the vehicles you drive regularly.
You should know that the state of California does offer assistance with these costs in some situations. Depending upon your income level, the state may cover a portion of the fees associated with IID usage. Find out more by working with a lawyer right now.
Worried About Needing an Ignition Interlock Device?
A DUI lawyer in Los Angeles can help you avoid a conviction for a DUI that would require you to lease an IID. Find out more by contacting our team for a free consultation. You can reach us for help if you call (310) 862-0199 or fill out our online contact form.