Installing a remote car starter is an awesome way to make your ride a little more high-tech.
As long as you choose the right one.
There are loads of different car remote starters to pick from. And, to help narrow down your search, here are 5 things to know before you purchase your new remote car starter.
- They have different ranges
Different remote car starters have different ranges. This means that some remotes can start your car from further away, while others can only start your car from a closer point. It’s important to be aware of this when buying a new remote.
When deciding which range is right for you, consider:
- how far your house is from your driveway
- how far your office is from your parking spot
Basic remote car starters only work one-way. This just means that you can only send a signal from the remote to the car. One way.
But more complex remote starters work two-way. This allows you to send a message from your remote to your car, but also from your car to your remote. With a two-way remote, once you send the start signal to your car, your car will then send a ‘confirmation’ signal back to you, letting you know that it worked.
This is a great extra feature. It can be frustrating to think you started up your car, only to find out once you’re standing in the cold that the signal didn’t go through at all. But with two-way remote starters, you can rest assured that your car will be on and ready to go by the time you get out there.
- They need to be installed right
There are two main reasons that it’s important to have your car remote starter installed by a professional. One, you want the starter to work well. And two, remote starters are closely connected with your car’s engine. Which means, that if you don’t install a remote starter correctly, you could end up damaging your engine.
Trust us, having to fix a car engine is going to cost way more than an initial remote installation would have cost.
Sometimes new cars already come with a remote starter. Unfortunately, these pre-installed starters aren’t always the best quality or don’t always have the best range. If this is the case for you, no worries! Because car remote starters can be replaced. Even if you already have one, you can still replace it with a remote you like better. It’s easy!
- They won’t break your budget
Remote starters can cost up to $300 (not including installation fee). But you don’t need to spend that much for a good one. And, if you think about it in terms of ROI, once you buy the remote you’ll have it for years to come.
You’ll save time and energy every day, making the initial investment worth the cost.