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Remote Starters for Cars

Stephen Rampur
Who wouldn't want to enjoy the luxury of being able to start a car, without having to sit inside it? Well, that is what remote starters help you achieve with regard to cars. Surprisingly, they are not just used for starting the engine from a distance, but perform a whole lot of other functions as well.
There are many types of car systems that enable a person to better his/her driving experience. Remote starters for cars is one such important and essential technology which makes driving both comfortable and pleasurable.
These kits are installed, which enable a person to start the car's engine from a distance using a remote control. In this case, the driver need not be physically present in the car and can use the key for starting the ignition. One simply needs to press a button on the remote control, and the car starts.
There are many things that you can do to your car with this device. You can turn interior and exterior lights on/off, lock doors, switch the air conditioner, and heater on/off, etc.

Uses of Remote Starters

There are many reasons why you would want to turn the car's ignition on, without being physically present in the car.
  • In freezing winter months, you would want to heat up the interior, prior to you getting in, rather than heating it later. In such a situation, you can use the remote control to turn on the heater to create warmth in the inside of the car.
  • In the summer months, you would also want the car to be cool from the inside before you get in. So, you can use a remote starter and switch on the air conditioner for a cool feeling when you get inside.

Their Working

These beneficial devices work in a similar manner as a remote control of a television.
  • A kit is installed in the car, and its remote control (a small key fob) is with the user.
  • When the user presses the start key on the key fob, the remote device transmits a radio signal to the installed system in the vehicle, which in turn starts the engine.
However, engine ignition is just the primary feature of remote starters for cars. You can get additional features and functions with high-end models.

Buying a Remote Starter

Before you make the purchase for your car, it is necessary to consider some important points.


You firstly need to determine the range in which you would be using the remote control. There is a specified range in which these systems can operate. Typically, the operative ranges in these systems differ from approximately 500 feet to around a mile and a half.

Transmission Type

You also need to ensure that the kit would work fine with your car's transmission type. There are certain sets that are exclusively designed to work either with manual or automatic transmission cars. For further determining which kit is more suitable for your use, you may refer to remote car starter reviews available on the web.


After determining the range and transmission type, you now need to focus on the features that you would require
  • With advanced models, you would get features such as heater control, air conditioner control, etc.
  • Basic models have functions such as a panic alarm, multi-vehicle capability, car locater, lights control, and other conventional facilities.
  • In a few other models, you can even set particular time intervals to ignite the car's engine.
The bottom line is: Pay more and have the best features for your prized car.


The cost of these kits can vary from $150 to $500. You may have to pay an additional amount for having the kit installed. The warranty is also important, so ask for a remote starter kit which has a lifetime warranty.
After reading this, if you fancy the idea of having a remote starter for your car, then it is advisable to carry out the installation under the supervision of an expert. You also have the alternative of considering it as a DIY (do-it-yourself) project, but only under the guidance of a professional.