What to consider when Purchasing a Remote Start
It is just so much convenient to have a remote start system installed in your car. You can start your vehicle so that it can warm itself up in after having been in the cold for the night so that it is ready to go when you are or you can turn it on to start the air-conditioning system when the weather is harsh. However, not all remote start systems are made the same and neither do they perform the same way. Here are some things that you need to keep in mind while selecting the right remote start set up for your car but before that, have a look at the way the modern remote starts work in harmony with the car’s OEM security features.
Bypass Module Integration
Since 2000 almost every new car comes equipped with an immobilizer. This system works with the help of a transponder that is built into the key or the keyring and a receiver in the car. The car won’t start as long as the transponder is not inside the car. While this a crucial security feature and prevents car lifting, this becomes a problem when installing a remote start.
The only solution to this was either placing one of your vehicle’s keys in the car forever or to totally disconnect the security features from the factory. Bypass modules have been developed to make remote starts integrate with your vehicle security system. These mimic the electromagnetic signature of the car’s immobilizer transponder. It hence makes it possible for you to get keyless entry and remote start in your car without any alteration to the OEM security equipment installed in the car.
- Type of Remote
The first thing you need to consider before you go for selecting a remote start system for your car is the type of the remote that comes with the system. There are two broad categories of remotes, there are one way and 2 way remotes. The one way remotes can only send a signal to the car but you cannot be sure whether or not the car has executed the command you have given. 2 way remotes, on the other hand, provide a feedback from the car so that you can be sure that the car has started up or has turned on its air-conditioning in response to your command.
- Cellphone Integration
A lot of remote start systems out there these days come with cellphone integration option. Instead of carrying a separate key fob for your car you can just install an app on your smartphone and that can control the whole system. If you want to make the whole thing all the more convenient and efficient, you can select a system that offers cellphone integration and if you want to go old school and still carry the key fob, you don’t need to spend extra on a system that offers cellphone integration options.
Alarm is an important component of any car security or remote start system. When you park your car in an unsafe place, you can arm the alarm and if an intruder tries to make their way into the car or tries to tamper with it in any way, the alarm will go off to alert you or anyone nearby. This is an important security feature and you need to get a system that has the necessary alarm to make your car safe.
Last, but not the least, you need to consider the cost of the system you are going to install into your car. You can find remote start units that cost under a hundred dollars to the ones that cost north of a grand or even more. While it is not always the smartest choice to go with the most costly one, it is also not the best approach to select the one that costs the least. Analyze the nature of use you are going to put the system to and select one with the set of features that you want from the system.
Remote start systems are a great source of ease and convenience and can totally change the way you operate and interact with your car. It is paramount to select the best system that is optimized in terms of functionality, cost, and reliability. If you need any more advice/consultation on the topic, you can always talk to our experts on the telephone number given on the contact us page or you can come and visit us in person.