If your car didn’t come with a remote start, don’t worry—you have options within your reach: aftermarket remote starters. These systems can be installed to deliver convenience, as well as comfort and security. A preheated car proves easier to defrost and works better in cold conditions. And, some aftermarket remote start systems feature enhanced security protocols and alerts. In this article we will address the different types of aftermarket remote starters available and what to look for when purchasing one.
You can trigger your remote starter in one of 3 ways: Using your factory remote, using an extended range remote, or using your smartphone:
Let’s start with using your factory key fob, of which aftermarket remote starters can usually be added to. You will be limited to to the range of your factory remote, which is usually around 100 ft. Also many vehicles such as Honda and Toyota disable the keyless entry function of the remote fob while the engine is running; meaning when you remote start your vehicle, you will not be able to unlock it using the factory remote. This type of remote starter may not be the best option if you live in a tall high rise, or work in a tall office building as your car may not be in range for the remote starter to actually work. This type of remote starter does not include a confirmation of the engine being started, instead your vehicle has to be in your light of sight or within earshot to determine if your vehicle is actually running or not.
Your second option for remote starters is an Extended Range Remote. This is a separate key fob provided to you that offers one major upgrade, an extended range. Your range will be extended to 1000+ ft, which means that you can stay in warmth and comfort of your office or home and start your vehicle, without having to go to the door or window which kind of defeats the purpose. As an additional feature some extended range remote starters offer a confirmation that your vehicle has been started by way of multi function LED located on the key fob.
Your third option is to use your smartphone. This solutions offers the best of everything. Your range is virtually limitless since you are using your smartphone. As long as you have a signal you will be able to reach your vehicle. This solution offers a vehicle locator, keyless entry as well as a configurable options so you can control your windows or trunk from your cellphone.
Now that we have addressed the different type of remote starters lets talk about the things you should consider when purchasing a remote starter so that you will be sure to find the remote starter that best fits you and your vehicle’s needs..
Additional Features. Some remote start systems include nothing but the basics, while others add keyless entry, smartphone compatibility, and defrost settings. You should decide which features matter to better weigh purchasing options.
Quality. When evaluating remote starters, consider quality before price. You’ll be happier in the long run.
Range. All remote starters list some sort of range, usually between 500 and 3,000 feet. The number cited refers to ideal conditions; that is, it’s the range you’ll see without walls and other obstructions in the way.
Engine speed sensing. A good remote start system monitors RPMs to prevent over-revving. It also ensures the car actually turns on as it’s supposed to.
Warranty. You should always read the fine print for a remote starter. The system, or “brain,” usually comes with a warranty that lasts as long as you own the car. The remote control typically claims an expiration date
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