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"Protecting" can be as broad of a term as you want it to be.

It will be my daily, and I'll work in a not super great, but actively gentrifying area of a major city.

I want to have a dash cam. Currently have a viofo A129 pro front and rear setup on my 4runner. I will probably look to get a different dashcam or have it installed at a more reputable place because I think it has messed with my alternator a little. Planning to enroll in USAA's +20% policy Incase it gets stolen or totalled.

Going to spring for LoJack?
Old fashion steering lock?
Wheel locks?

I've heard of people using apple airtags for location as well.
 

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Yea just drop an apple AirTag somewhere discreet in the car. I don't think it will be much of a theft magnet TBH. Really hard to steal cars nowadays with the exception of kia's and Hyundai's, unless someone literally tows your car. But if someone wants it that bad, it will be stolen.
One thing I have used in the past that always worked was a device similar to the club, but is put onto the clutch pedal. Makes depressing the clutch pedal impossible, therefore car won't be able to move. And because it is under the dash, it makes it virtually impossible to get a sawzall down in such a tight area to cut it off. Don't know if they sell that device anymore.
 

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My car will be garaged and won't be the daily. I intend to PPF the front end and ceramic coat the rest. That's about it. The rest is just up to me to take care of the car and maintaining it.

The manual transmission is a deterrent on its own. And theft of Toyotas are not common these days unless it's just you leaving the car on.
 

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My car will be garaged and won't be the daily. I intend to PPF the front end and ceramic coat the rest. That's about it. The rest is just up to me to take care of the car and maintaining it.

The manual transmission is a deterrent on its own. And theft of Toyotas are not common these days unless it's just you leaving the car on.
I plan on doing the PPF and ceramic coating as well. Are you going to purchase the Toyota optional PPF or go through a third party?
 

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My car will be garaged and won't be the daily. I intend to PPF the front end and ceramic coat the rest. That's about it. The rest is just up to me to take care of the car and maintaining it.

The manual transmission is a deterrent on its own. And theft of Toyotas are not common these days unless it's just you leaving the car on.
Forgot about that! Will do the ppf for the front hood, and if I manage to get a circuit edition will go for the roof as well.
 

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I plan on doing the PPF and ceramic coating as well. Are you going to purchase the Toyota optional PPF or go through a third party?
Go through a third party. I generally don't like the quality of dealer add on products. The tint for example, I'll probably replace with 3M Crystalline.
 

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can't ppf something i don't have yet. not too worried about theft, but most likely ppf front bumper, hood, & ceramic at a local shop. definitely looking to move somewhere with underground parking.

edit: if not, proper undercoating, ceramic, & call it a day
 

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A combination of ppf and ceramic seems to be a common thing.. Is there any reason why both are done?

Why would you not just ppf the whole car or ceramic coat the whole car?
the two products are synergic, in a perfect world you would both PPF and Ceramic coat the entire car. They offer different protections, the ppf protects the paint from scratches, UV and rock chips, while the coating gives a gloss and gives the paint hydrophobic properties that keeps it clean. PPF is incredibly expensive, so people tend to only put it on high risk areas where you are very likely to get chips. Ceramic is put all over the car (and over the ppf).
 

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A combination of ppf and ceramic seems to be a common thing.. Is there any reason why both are done?

Why would you not just ppf the whole car or ceramic coat the whole car?
Cost. PPFing an entire car can be very costly. PPFing high impact areas is the most cost effective method. Ceramic coating the areas that aren't done will at least offer a very surface level protection although not anywhere near as effective as PPF.
 

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For me a dash cam is a given, I might get the Toyota one if it's offered for the GRC or just go aftermarket front + rear. PPF just on the A pillars and front edge of the roof. And probably a decent car cover since it'll be sitting outside without being driven a lot.
 

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For me a dash cam is a given, I might get the Toyota one if it's offered for the GRC or just go aftermarket front + rear. PPF just on the A pillars and front edge of the roof. And probably a decent car cover since it'll be sitting outside without being driven a lot.
+1 on dashcams. For anyone interested in Blackvue dash cams, I am sponsored by them and have a 10% off discount code from their web site: kanmuridavid.
 
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