A remote car starter allows you to start your vehicle with a small remote that is attached to your keys, which allows you to have your car warmed up and ready to go at a comfortable interior temperature no matter the weather.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there concerning remote car starters. Know the common myths when it comes to remote car starter installation so you can make the best decision for your vehicle.
Myth #1: Installing a remote starter will void your warranty.
If you have a vehicle that’s still under the manufacturer’s warranty, the last thing you want to do is void the warranty and end up having to pay for repairs that would have been covered. Many people believe that the manufacturer will void your warranty if you have anyone other than the dealer install a remote car starter, but this isn’t true.
Congress passed the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act in 1974, which makes it illegal for the manufacturer to void your warranty if you use an aftermarket part, such as a remote starter.
Myth #2: Using a remote starter will damage your vehicle’s engine.
Some people believe that using a remote starter will damage your engine over time. The truth is that your car will always start the same way whether you start the process with a key, a push-button start, or a remote starter.
In fact, using a remote starter can be beneficial because your car will run more smoothly if you warm up the engine before you drive it, especially in cold weather. Remote starters can also save you money since when your car runs more efficiently your gas mileage is improved and you spend less money on fuel.
Myth #3: Remote starters won’t work on cars with manual transmissions.
If you have a vehicle with a manual transmission, you may think a remote starter isn’t an option for your vehicle because gear shifts during the start process cannot be managed electronically, but this is not the case.
Remote starters for manual transmission vehicles simply require you to put your car in neutral and set the emergency brake before you turn off the ignition. Once you do, your engine will keep running until you get out and shut your door. Your engine will turn off and the car doors will lock about 15 seconds after you exit your vehicle.
This process puts your car in reservation mode so you can start it with your remote starter later as long as no one opens one of the doors in the meantime. All of these features ensure that the remote start process will not introduce the risk of your car rolling away because one of the gears was changed while the engine was turned off.
Myth #4: Using a remote starter makes it easy for a thief to steal your vehicle.
While you shouldn’t start your car with the key in the ignition, leave it running, and walk away, starting your vehicle with a remote starter doesn’t create the same theft risk.
First of all, a remote car starter will lock your doors if they weren’t already locked. Secondly, if a potential thief did manage to get into your vehicle, they won’t be actually able to drive it without the key in the ignition or the fob nearby for a push-button start.
Myth #5: Remote car starters are easy to install..
Many people believe remote starters are so easy to install that they can do it themselves. However, modern vehicles have complex electrical systems that amateur mechanics aren’t prepared to deal with.
An improperly installed remote starter can cause expensive damage, so always have an experienced professional install your starter.
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