Remote car starters are devices that allow you to start and run vehicles without being in them. In cold weather climates, you can start up your car and have the interior nice and warm before you drive away.

If you want one of these devices, you can have your dealer install one for you, or you can have a third-party installer install one. Either method is fine but it makes sense to do a little research and make sure you are getting the right unit. Here’s some things to consider:

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Not Buying a Remote Car Starter with Enough Range

Manufacturers will state certain range, like “500-foot range” on their packaging.  It is important to know that the range may be much less, though. “500-foot range” may be the case in a perfect situation –no walls or buildings in the way but this isn’t usually the case.  Don’t shortchange yourself with insufficient transmitter range.

Not Having Your Remote Car Starter Professionally Installed

Professional installation is important. Do not trust your vehicle to someone that offers a rock bottom price and works out of their garage. Remote starters make for complicated installs in today’s vehicles, so it is important that the installation be done properly. Try and get someone with a lot of experience with remote starter installations to put yours in.

Buying a Cheap One

Low prices can be appealing. For example, you can buy a remote car starter at the local auto parts store for just $69.99 and the packaging says you can install it yourself.  Well, that might be but be careful.  This sort of remote starter is usually of lower quality than the units that you would buy at a specialty retailer.  If it only works for 6 months, you really didn’t save any money.

Not Getting a Remote Car Starter with the Proper Feature Set

Remote car starters offer a lot of features. Be sure an get all the features you expect when you buy one. Some models are simply what they sound like: a basic remote car starter. Others have multiple functions, ranging from keyless entry and trunk release to heated seat activation and rear window defrost.

A common mistake when considering options is assuming that certain things might “just work” with the starter. For example, the rear window defroster will not just come on if you left it on. In this case, this is a latched output that resets when the power is shut off. This feature needs to be specifically added to almost all installs.


A remote starter is an awesome addition to any vehicle but use prudence when looking for a both the unit to buy and the person who is going to install it for you.

It’s not that difficult a decision when you are armed with the right information. Spend a few hours researching them on the web first. Good luck!

Article Courtesy of:  York Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram


Ana is an internet entrepreneur and one of the founders of iGuides, she loves to give adequate time to her passion which is writing. She holds a PHD in English Literature.

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