As technology progresses the results trickle into an auto industry on the brink of expertise, safety, and comfort. Already, backup cameras are being installed in almost every brand new vehicle in addition to front and side airbags. Some cars even come equipped with notifications about lane departure and blind spot detection. Progress is being made on a front to both enhance driver experience and the overall safety of everyone on the road.
One of the newest features becoming more mainstream is an automatic or remote starter system. Factory installed on some newer vehicles, other manufacturers have also designed components which can be installed on any make or model. These devices allow a car’s engine to start with the push of a button and no key present.
Cars, trucks, vans or any equipped automobile can have its’ ignition triggered with the push of a button from within a reasonable distance - often up to 80 or 100-feet away. While a neat feature whether factory equipped or aftermarket these units have both positives and negatives as each should be considered when determining if this option is a fit for you and your car.
Comfort - The biggest advantage to having a remote start is comfort, at all times of the year. Whether mother nature is sunny and bright or frigid and cold, a remote start keeps owners from having to brave the elements to start their cars.
If hot, drivers can set the air conditioning on a desired functioning level and cool their automobile prior to entering. Opposite, when freezing, the heat can be set allowing owners to enter a nice and warm environment instead of freezing until the car’s climate control system properly regulates to the desired air temperature.
Further, the unit can normally be utilized without having to leave the home, office, or building from where you are located. This allows the car ample time to warm or cool prior to entrance.
Safety - Another component is safety, especially in the winter months. Frost, snow, and ice can accumulate on a vehicle impairing a driver’s visibility. When faced with removing the obstruction, often drivers will create only a minimal sightline before departure. With a remote start, defrosting the vehicle’s windshield can begin even prior to occupancy, making snow and ice removal easier.
Cost - Remote starter installation can be expensive. While the actual unit may not be too high it should only be installed by a professional. The wiring components needed to properly function a remote
Extras - Typically if a remote start is available on a new vehicle the corresponding key fab will have an ignition button. However, if another starter is installed after the fact, it usually is accompanied by a fab of its’ own in order to make the feature work.
For car owners, this adds another bulky component to the key ring in order to both unlock and lock doors, open the trunk, sound an alarm, and also remotely start the vehicle.
The experts at Mancinelli’s Auto Repair Center can install or service your automobile’s remote start system, offer sound advice if considering an aftermarket installation, or complete a variety of potential other services needed on your vehicle. Their trained professionals will be happy to answer any and all questions regarding car care or perform a needed service to any model vehicle on the road. ASE certified mechanics are fully trained and certified to work on any car, van, SUV, or truck regardless of the current state. A full review and inspection of your automobile can be completed in a timely manner to keep your vehicle running both effectively and efficiently. Leave your auto with someone you know as most services can be administered the same day. Request an appointment online or call today.