Are you thinking of buying a remote car starter? A remote starter can be a very convenient addition to your vehicle, especially if you live in an area that gets cold during the winter. When it's freezing outside and there's snow on the ground, it feels good to get in a car that's already started and warmed up. There are a lot of starters available on the market, so you will have many to choose from. You may be looking for specific features, like a starter that also starts your defroster or one that will allow you to unlock doors and open the trunk. Here are three other important things you shouldn't overlook as you search for your car starter:
Transmitter range. This may be the most important factor to consider when buying a starter. The transmitter range is measured in units of feet, usually hundreds of feet. A few hundred feet may seem sufficient, especially if you'll be starting your car from your home to your driveway. However, consider that the distance on the packaging is usually the maximum number of feet from which the starter will work, and that's only if the path to the car is completely unblocked by walls, windows, doors, and other obstructions. When choosing a starter, err on the side of more transmitter power.
Engine speed sensing. You'll also want a starter that has an engine speed sensing feature. An engine speed sensor can determine how many RPMs the engine is running at. This is important for a couple of reasons. One is that in cold weather, especially in older cars, the engine may not turn over the first time you start it. An engine speed sensor can determine whether your engine is actually running. If not, the starter will either automatically make another attempt or it will beep to notify you that the engine didn't turn over.
Installation. Many car starters will come with instructions for you to install it yourself. This is usually a mistake, especially if you have little experience with automobile modifications. The electronic and computer equipment in today's cars can be very complex. Even with the most detailed instructions, installation of a car starter can be difficult. The other issue is that the starter's warranty may be dependent on a correct installation. If your starter doesn't work, the manufacturer may question whether you installed it correctly.
Ideally, you should get the starter installed in the same place where you purchase it. That way, you can be sure that the installation team has experience with that type of starter. Also, if the starter doesn't work, you can be confident that the warranty will be honored.
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