When it is cold outside, a remote car starter
can get your car running, warmed up, and
even de-iced without you having to leave
the house. Believe it or not, you can get
one of these units for around $100. And,
remote starters are frequently bundled with
features such as an alarm, keyless entry
and interior light control which are great
for increasing your security.
A good system will have a remote range of
about 1000 feet. That makes it easy to warm
up a car as you walk across a large parking
lot. A factory look-alike remote unit will
not only look nicer than cheaper models,
but also replicate trunk unlocking and other
factory remote features. Get a unit that
requires a sequence of button presses to
start the car to avoid false starts as the
remote jostles in your
pocket or purse.
Security controls limit the possibility of
someone else's remote starting or unlocking
your car. Look for easily reprogrammed units
if you suspect your car keeps getting unlocked.
Also, check to see if your car requires a
bypass module or trunk relay unit. Some factory
installed alarm systems require these to
avoid compromising anti-theft systems. Most
manufacturer or retailer sites offer a quick
lookup method to check for this.
More expensive units can even
car if the temperature drops
Keep in mind that you don't want
to set this
feature (or manually remote start
unless your car is kept outside.