Used Car Starters – My shop has installed Remote Car Starters since the early 1990s. This experience has taught us what is important in the installation of a quality remote starter. With the winter that almost befall us, we think it will be a good time to post our Top 10 Lists (in no particular order):
The actual remote brain starter must be guaranteed as long as you have a car. Many quality companies offer this. If not, it might be a sign of lower equipment. Remote control, but rarely guaranteed for more than one year. Our Remote line Pro carries a 2 year warranty and all of our 2-way remote have a $ 25 replacement package.
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9. Engine Speed Sensation
A good remote starter must have several engine RPM monitoring methods. Why is this important? There is some reasons:
* On very cold days, the car may not start at the first key round. The same is true with long distance starters. Maybe not starting the first time the starter did that. Without the remote RPM engine sensing method the starter will not have a way of knowing that the vehicle has failed to start. The end result is you go to the car and it’s still cold.
* The other main reason is over-rev protection. A quality remote starter will know if the engine speed is too high and turns off. A remote start that does not offer RPM sensing cannot know whether this level is exceeded and can end in damage to the vehicle.
8. Transmitter Range
You want to make sure that the remote start that you buy will allow you to start / stop / lock / unlock, etc. remotely. Many people say that they only park their car right outside their house and don’t need a long ringing transmitter. Remember trips to theaters, malls, theme parks, etc. You will also want to use a remote start and you will not be parked as close as at home. Our transmitters offer a minimum of 800 feet and some more than a mile!
7. Safety Hood Switch
Make sure there is an emergency cutoff installed under the hood. This cutoff is designed to prevent the vehicle from starting away if the hood is turned on. This protects you and your mechanics from forever making other people open your bottle of sauce! DON’T SEE THIS! Many stores skip this step because it saves time. Mobile Edge integrates the cutoff hood on every job.
Make sure the manufacturer is a company that specializes in the start of a long-distance car. There are many companies out there who just throw labels on a product and call it theirs. You want to avoid it. This is our experience that these companies provide little if there is support for their products and many will not do business next year. Stay with experts.
5. New Car Warranty
Don’t let your car dealer tell you that an aftermarket long-distance car starter will void your warranty. This is against the law. Magnuson Moss Act prevents dealers from canceling the warranty simply because of the addition of aftermarket equipment. If the equipment or related installation causes damage to the vehicle, the dealer does not have to guarantee the job. This is more a reason to go to a specialist shop that sells good long distance starters and install them professionally. I have a detailed PDF about this.
4. Do it Yourself?
Unless you are a certified technician with experience in installing a remote car starter, DO NOT try to install your own remote starter. I know … What you see in WalMart is equipped with instructional videos. The video will teach you enough to make you dangerous. Trust me! This will not teach you how to integrate transponders to Ford 2004 or bypass security at 06 Trailblazer. Instructional video might work in the early 1990s, but today’s cars are very sophisticated. Save a ton of costs and headaches and install them by someone who does this to live and can be responsible for the job. This brings us to number 3.
3. Buy Here / Install There?
Don’t buy your remote starter on eBay (or WalMart or Amazon, etc.) and hope to find a quality and reputable shop that will install it for you. While many aftermarket stores will install stereos and amps purchased elsewhere, only a few if there is a remote start purchased elsewhere. During the remote beginner season, good shops are quite busy trying to keep up with their own work. If you find a store that will install a starter for someone else long distance, they may not be too busy. Do you want to trust your vehicle with that person?
There are other very important reasons not to buy a starter long distance in one place and install it in another. Say something is wrong. Remote starters are electronic products and can fail. People who put it in will blame the product and the manufacturer will say that it is wrong to install. Guess who is trapped in the middle without help. When you have a store that you bought a remote starter from installing it, you have one place to go if there is a failure. There can’t be a finger pointing.
2. Go to the Specialist
Find a special shop. Not to slap one of the chain stores, but they have a much higher turnover rate with installers than special stores. These are people who may have less experience than long-term employees in specialized stores. This is my experience that many installers “cut their teeth” at chain stores and, once they have more experience, turn to specialists (We pay more!).
Many specialists (though not all) will solder all their connections. I feel this is very important. The crimp connector can save installation time of up to one hour, but when dealing with vehicle electrical systems, I want a strong connection. The only way to get it is to unite the cable. Mobile Edge has soldered every connection in every job for almost 15 years.
Are remote starters from specialty stores more expensive than from chain stores? Sometimes yes But put it into perspective. Even if the job is worth more than $ 100 from a specialist, the difference is less than 1/10 of 1% of what you might pay for your car. Why take risks. Not to mention, when you deal with a specialist, you can talk to installers, salesmen and, in many cases, the owners. There must be value in that.
1. More Than Just a Remote Starter
Make sure you review all the comfort features that can be added to your remote starter with your salesperson before installation! Most higher distance starters will allow a ton of cool features to be added or controlled remotely. Anything from heated seats to keyless entries and back melting can be integrated with the best system. It’s much cheaper to do this during installation. If you want to add it later, you might pay for a few additional hours of work.
In short, the lowest price doesn’t always save you money! When choosing a store to start a remote starter, ask lots of questions. How long have they been in this business? How much experience do their technicians have? Do they have a sophisticated computer program to help install? How do they handle warranty problems? You get the idea. Better shops will obviously rise to the top. Maybe the price is a little more expensive upfront, but the additional costs will pay dividends in quality and mind. I am sure you will find that Mobile Edge is one of the best stores for your Remote Car Starter Installation.
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