If you own a vehicle that didn’t come with a remote starter, maybe you’ve thought about adding one but aren’t sure if it’s worth it or not. In this article, we detail the benefits of having a remote starter and what you should look for when purchasing one.
For those who aren’t familiar with this device, a remote starter is a system that allows the driver to start the car’s engine with a remote control, usually in the form of a FOB that attaches to your key ring.
Here are the main benefits of having such a device.
Regardless of the season, you can get into a perfectly cool or warm car when you start it remotely and let it run for a bit. If you leave the heater or AC in the appropriate position, the vehicle will be the perfect temperature when you’re ready to drive, and you won’t have to worry about freezing seats or a hot steering wheel. It helps to ensure that you are comfortable.
If you’ve ever had to scrape snow and ice off the windows before you drive, you know how much of a chore it is, especially first thing in the morning. By starting the car remotely, it’s easier to allow the heater and defroster to do their jobs, making it easier and quicker to clean windows so you can see before driving.
Also, warming the car helps melt snow and ice away from headlights and brake lights, making your vehicle easier to see to other drivers, and safer on the road.
Locating Your Car
If you’re one of those people who has trouble finding their vehicle in large, crowded lots, a remote starter solves this problem and saves you time from searching up and down rows.
Many experts say it’s rough on the engine if you drive it when it’s cold, so by installing a remote starter, you allow the engine the chance to warm up slowly, which puts less stress on it and helps to extend its lifespan.
Imagine coming out into a dark parking lot at night being alone. If you have to fumble with your keys to unlock the car, you could be the target for a crime. Starting your car from a safe distance or even inside, and unlocking it when you’re ready to get in allows you to drive away quicker and remain safe.
If starting your car from inside isn’t convenient enough, many starters today sync with your smartphone and provide extra features such as unlocking the trunk and GPS tracking.
What To Look For
If you’re sold on adding a remote starter to your vehicle, don’t go for the cheapest system because you may not get all of the features you want, and the system may not integrate well with your vehicle.
Also, check the range at which the system operates and go for the most extended range you can because you never know when that extra operating distance will come in handy. Lastly, make a list of features you want, such as keyless entry and GPS tracking, so you get the perfect remote starter for your needs.