Should you use an Auto-start?


It’s freezing outside. Your car’s been out there all night, where the snow and sub-zero temps have turned it into a very large refrigerator. You’re dreading going out there to auto-start it, crank the heat, and scurry back inside while it warms up.

If you’ve been in this kind of scenario countless times and are wondering how to forever rid yourself of it, the solution is a remote car starter. Not sure what that is, how much it cost, or how you can get one for your car? Keep reading this guide to buying a remote car starter and find out.

What are remote car starters?

Remote car starters are basically what they sound like: a wireless, radio-controlled tool that starts your car’s engine from a certain distance away.

  • Most often, these gadgets come in the form of key fobs, or little remote controls with buttons for engine ignition and sometimes, other functions.
  • The distance from which one will work will usually be listed on the item’s packaging. Some models will work within a distance of 500 or 1,000 feet, while more robust starters come with ranges stretching as far as a mile.
  • In addition to starting your car, some models will also let you lock and unlock the doors, turn on the heat, pop the trunk, warm up your seats, or even control things in your car through an app on your phone.

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How do remote car auto-start work?

Remote car starters work via radiofrequency. A box is connected to your car’s ignition switch and other basic start-up mechanisms. When you press the ignition button on your key fob or remote, it sends a signal to the box to turn on the systems that start the engine. The radio signal is unique to each model, so you don’t need to worry about pressing a button and accidentally starting the ice cream man’s engine.

How much do remote car starters cost?

A good price range you can expect for a remote car starter is somewhere around $50 to $200. There are a couple very important notes you should keep in mind here, though:

  • That usually does not include installation. The installation process can run as high as a couple of hundred bucks more, so be sure to do some research on how much it’ll cost to get one installed on your car, and factor that into your budget.
  • Name brands and extra features will make things pricier. If you only need to start your car and warm it up from inside the house, do a little digging to find a model with those basics only – it will probably help you save time and money.

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How does one install a remote car starter?

Remote car starters might seem basic in a sense – some models even come with instructions on installing one yourself – but remote starter installation is best left to someone whose job is to do it. If you’re wondering why:

  • Older makes and models can complicate things. Most new cars come off the line better equipped for add-ons like remote starters, but the ’72 Chevelle in your garage wasn’t made with these in mind.
  • Even still, the alarms and built-in theft deterrents on most cars today often need to be bypassed when installing a remote starter. Unless you’re a highly-skilled auto technician, you probably won’t know how to do that.

Now that you’ve got the basics, why not shop for one and get a remote car starter? Drop-in at any Car Factory dealership in South Florida and have the installation done for you. You can also call us at 786-406-6234 for any inquiries!

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