Modern vehicles come with a plethora of options when it comes to accessibility. A key fob or keyless entry remote can allow you to automatically open your doors, lock and unlock your vehicle, activate the panic alarm, activate the back door lift and open your trunk. But in more recent models, you can use a key remote to turn on your engine without a physical key. This is a handy feature for anyone looking to use their car without worrying about troublesome keys that can break or get lost.
But what about older vehicle models or models without automatic starter built in? Fortunately, an automatic start system can even be installed on these vehicles — and Car and Truck Remotes is here to explain the process to you.
What Is an Automatic Start System for Cars?
Simply put, an automatic or remote start system is a system that allows you to start your car’s engine from a distance without putting a key in the ignition. This can be a lifesaver on frigid mornings or hot days because it allows you to warm up or cool off your car’s interior. It also makes for a great convenience and safety feature, as starting your car and unlocking your vehicle from a distance lets you get moving faster. Many modern luxury models have automatic start built in, but you can also install a remote starter in your vehicle.
Things To Know About Remote Start Systems
Before you install a remote start system in your vehicle, it’s worth knowing that these systems can be expensive. They can cost anywhere from $300 to $800, depending on your vehicle’s make and model. These systems are also predominantly available for vehicles with automatic transmissions due to safety and compatibility concerns. Installing an automatic start system may also void your warranty, so you should only install a system if your warranty has expired, or you value the feature more than your warranty.
Installing an Aftermarket Remote Start System
Unless you’re a mechanic or know the ins and outs of your vehicle, you shouldn’t try to install an aftermarket remote start system yourself. Instead, professionals will be able to install these systems in your vehicle safely and effectively. However, there’s much you can do to prepare for the installation of such a system in your vehicle.
First, ensure that your car is compatible with a remote starter. As previously mentioned, remote starters are predominantly designed for automatic transmission vehicles, but they also function more effectively in newer models than old ones. Remote start systems will work best for vehicles that had automatic start systems available when they were new, though aftermarket models will work regardless. Speak to your mechanic for more information on your vehicle’s compatibility with remote starters.
You’ll also want to ensure that you have the right remote for your vehicle. It’s important to choose a key fob that is compatible with your vehicle. Car and Truck Remotes is a great place to shop, as every key fob is organized by vehicle make, model and year. Many key fobs will have remote start built in that you can activate by pressing the lock button three times; however, you should verify that your key fob will work with this function.
Contact us today if you have more questions regarding remote start or whether your key fob is compatible with your vehicle.