When it comes to added features for your vehicle, the remote starter has become increasingly popular over the years. This device makes it possible for you to start your car from the comfort of your home, which comes in really handy on those cold snowy days where you need it to warm up. There are a number of different brands and price points available, and you can find one for any type of vehicle.
Here are some important factors to consider with regards to remote car starters:
Budget and range: When it comes to remote car starters, there is quite a range of prices. One of the factors that play into this is the range that the starter offers. This is an important thing to keep in mind. Some require you to be within as little as 500 feet of the vehicle, while others can offer a range of up to 1 mile. The range is determined by what is known as transmitter power.
Signal interference: Be sure to ask about “interference,” meaning will other digital items interfere with its signal. How reliable will it be? Give it some thought and think of what would work best for you.
Starter options: Contrary to what you may think, the remote car starter doesn't just start the car. There are other features available. These can include turning on your rear window defrost, turning on the heated seats, opening your trunk, and even keyless entry.
Have it professionally installed: A professionally installed remote car starter will cost you more money, but you are usually getting a much better quality product. As well, you know it will be installed correctly so you shouldn't have any issues. If you do end up having a problem, you can always take it back to the shop.
A remote starter can be a wonderful feature to have offering all kinds of conveniences. The key is finding the right model with the right features for you.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality Remote Starter and was authored by Valerie Johnston.