Check the owner’s manual to find out if the model comes with keyless entry/alarm standard or as an option. If neither, you probably don’t have it. If it’s an option, check and see if it’s listed on the invoice. (If it’s standard, of course, you’ve got it.)
JimBob, hold your horses, sparky. I think you’re a little swept up with the wrong spirit. I applaud your enthuisiasm, but am dissappointed in your over-eagerness to apply your newly developed skillset; Jumping In Without Knowing For Sure What You’re Talking About. It’s a common mistake on the boards. Hell, I’ve done it myself (albeit not in a long, long time). I rate your post a 6 for the pit, and a 4 for GQ. Just slow down a bit, and you’ll do fine in the future.
Kat and Astro: It’s a 1999 model, fresh into the lot, and per my giving it a once-over, right back out of the lot. I’m hoping that there’s some kind of obvious piece of equipment that I can see installed (somewhere, anyway) that would give it away. I know that it is indeed a factory option, but the keyfob appears to be aftermarket, upon comparison with the one illustrated in the owner’s manual.
As to why the salesperson didn’t check, well, you got me there, pard. Honestly, it wouldn’t have been a deal-breaker, so I didn’t press the issue. I mostly wanted the engine and body. I can get an aftermarket unit installed if’n I wants one bad enough
Before you jump down anyone’s throat, Mr. Cynical, I should point out that to most people the phrase “I just bought a new car” implies very clearly that the vehicle in question is a brand new, no-miles-on-it vehicle. That’s why some folks assumed you were an idiot for not being able to look at the window sticker, and see if “keyless entry” was listed on it.
In fact, however, you didn’t buy a new car - you bought a used car.
And now to offer something constructive(!). If there is an alarm system built in, look around the engine bay or boot for a siren - they’re usually well hidden, but not enough to obstruct the sound. Another option, but harder to find would be the CPU for the alarm system - those I’ve seen are a small box with wires running out of one of the sides. Also from what I’ve seen, they’re well hidden.
Would it be too simple to try pressing buttons on the key fob and see what happens?
If it has no buttons on it, I would guess it to be an after-market immobiliser that has been installed at some date (since it is not mentioned in the owner’s manual) these work by needing the key fob to be in close proximity to the ignition system when the car is started.