It didn’t take long for some of us to discover that what works with a cold car also works with a hot car. Sticky seats, a steering wheel hot as a frying pan and a cooling system that blows scorching air is at least as unpleasant as a freezing-cold vehicle. As it turns out, remote starters are not just for northerners in winter any more.
Over the last decade or so the kinks of remote start technology have been worked out and additional features have been added to make the functionality even more useful. Following is a breakdown of the four general types of remote start devices available on the market.
Basic Remote Start
The simplest systems allow you to do one thing – use a remote to start your car. Many of these systems work from up to 1,000 feet away. After starting the vehicle and allowing it to warm up, you enter the car by using your door key or the keyless entry remote that came with your vehicle. Before choosing this kind of system, you may want to check to make sure your factory keyless entry remote will unlock your vehicle if it is running. Some factory-installed entry systems are designed to not work when the ignition is on.
Remote Start with Keyless Entry
The next step up is combining remote start and keyless entry capabilities in one remote. These systems allow you to start your car and unlock your warm car using the same remote. Getting rid of that remote for the factory installed keyless entry system may be worth it, as most of us are looking for a less-bulky key ring.
Two-way Remote Start
Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to look out the window to make sure your vehicle started on command? With a two-way system, a flashing light on your remote is triggered when your vehicle starts. Some systems feature a remote that also emits a tone when your car starts. These systems are great for people who often have to park in spots they cannot easily see from their house or workplace. Top-of-the-line two-way systems can work from as far as a mile away, and their remotes feature a small screen that provides the car’s status (locked/unlocked, running/not running).
Remote Start and Security System
Combining remote start capability with a vehicle alarm system is the height of car comfort and convenience. These systems allow you to start your vehicle remotely while giving you the peace of mind of a full-featured car alarm system. Some systems add two-way communication to the mix, notifying you when your vehicle has started and alerting you if your alarm system is triggered. Top-of-the-line systems feature a small screen on your remote that provides you with information on your car’s status – whether it is locked or unlocked, running or not running and notifying you if the alarm system has been triggered.
Installing a remote start system is complicated and (if you don’t know what you are doing) potentially dangerous. The last thing anyone wants is to have their car start up on its own. We highly recommend you have one of our Autotechs discuss the systems with you and install the one you choose. Find out more about our remote start install services here.