Remote car starters can make mornings just a little less unpleasant—or at least cold—allowing you to start your car from the comfort of your pajamas or anywhere else for that matter. No more periscope driving with half-defrosted windows. No more leaving work to a freezing car. Of course, this is only true if you end up with a properly installed, quality remote start, and achieving this depends on your ability to dodge common buyer pitfalls.
The range given by remote car & helicopter manufacturers often fails to take into consideration some reception complications that can be encountered in the real world. For instance, if the product description states a range of 1,000 ft, this means in an area free of inhibitors such as walls, steel grids, and other obstacles that can interfere with radio frequency reception the starter will start a vehicle within 1,000 ft of the transmitter.
However, keep in mind range is less important than transmitter power as far as starting distance. To ensure your remote start works where you want it to, be sure to discuss your expectations with your provider before you purchase. A professional remote start installer should be able to share the real-world performance of the products they install.
Speaking of professional remote start installers, poor installation is the second most common mistake remote start buyers make.
Do your research before selecting someone to install your remote car starter and choose a properly qualified professional. As tempting as it might be to keep installation costs to a minimum, inexpensive installers are often unqualified to do the job correctly. If the installation is botched, it can not only cause damage to your car, but it will nullify the warranty too.
Poor-quality Remote Car Starters
The expression “you get what you pay for” definitely holds true with remote starters. Be wary of products boasting DIY installation or that are priced well-below average. You may find they provide sub-par performance—or worse break your vehicle. Read reviews, ask friends and family, and discuss popular models with your chosen remote start installer to find a quality choice within your budget.
Missing Out on Features
As with every product on the market, remote car starters come in a wide variety of choices, each with their own features. A standard remote car started will offer you the ability to start your car from outside the vehicle and nothing more. There are many more features that some brands offer including:
- Keyless entry
- Trunk release function
- Heated seats
- Rear window defrost
These convenience options often aren’t costly to add and can add a great deal more value to your remote start.
Buying Your Remote Start from a Third Party
During your research on remote start models, you may realize that most can be purchased online, sometimes at a lower price than an installer has quoted you. Unfortunately, most businesses won’t install third-party parts. This could leave you left with an auto start you can’t install. If this is an option you’d like to explore, be sure to ask your installer before you purchase.
Now that you know the most common mistakes people make when buying a remote car starter, it should be a smooth ride to more convenient mornings. We hope you enjoy your new auto start.