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Auto Remote Starters: Your Beginner's Guide
If you live in an area that experiences frigid winter mornings before work, or those scorching summer afternoons, then you will benefit from a remote car starter. No more dreading the thought of having to go out to your car. No more leaving the house suffering as the car slowly manages a comfortable temperature. Rather than waiting for the ice to melt, you will enjoy that last sip of coffee.
A remote car starter is capable of functions other than just starting your vehicle. A car starter can operate power door locks, a power trunk/gate, the factory alarm, an aftermarket alarm, the vehicle climate control, heated seat controls, car find and other functions.
What Is A Remote Car Starter?
Remote car starters are exactly what they sound like! A small computer capable of communicating with your vehicle is installed. You will send wireless commands to this computer using either your factory remote, remotes supplied with the starter or with a phone app. How the starter communicates and what features you will have available, will depend on the unique electronics of your vehicle. Communications are encrypted and a running vehicle cannot simply be driven away. The vehicle will shut after a preset time, usually 10-15 minutes,
How Does A Remote Car Starter Work?
In most cars a remote starter includes the technology to mimic the coding in your factory key. work using radiofrequency, which communicates with a box that is connected to your car’s ignition switch and other startup mechanisms. The radio signals emitted are unique to each remote.
Things to know when choosing a Remote Car Starter?
Do you want it to work? Then don’t install it yourself.
Do you want to avoid problems? Buy the remote starter from the people who will be installing it. Make sure they are reputable and have a track record of installing remote car starters. You want them to be around if a problem arises.
Determined the greatest distance you will be from your vehicle when you want to remote start it. Factory remotes are usually capable of 300' max. Remotes supplied by the starter manufacturer, 1500’ to 10000’ (that’s up to). Phone apps are global provided there is cell coverage where you are and where the vehicle is.
Do you want to know if the vehicle has started, confirmation? This requires purchase of a 2-way remote or the phone app. The remote/phone will indicate if the car is running, are the doors locked and how long the vehicle has been running.
Product selection, there are two primary manufacturers of remote starters, iData and Compustar, and they share technology. Even these companies find it challenging to keep up with the complications of today's vehicles. They do not release a new product until it is properly tested so stay away from any other brands.