Remote car starters, or auto starter systems, are among the most popular products we sell at On the Go Tech. They are also one of the most misunderstood. Almost daily, one of our clients will bring up a popular misconception, so we thought it would be a good idea to give you the eight most common remote starter myths, and the explanations behind them.
Myth #1. Remote car starters are bad for my vehicle
This could not be farther from the truth. When you allow your engine to warm up, the oil and other fluids in your engine will do a better job protecting it, extending the life of your vehicle.
Myth #2. A remote starter will void my warranty
This is completely false. In 1975, Congress passed the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which forbids a vehicle manufacturer from voiding your new car warranty for installing aftermarket products. If your dealer ever mentions this to you, tell them about this particular law and watch as their expression changes. You can read more about this here.
Myth #3. I own a push-to-start vehicle, so I can’t get a remote start
Our team has been safely remote starting vehicles with push-to-start buttons on the dash since 2005. While it is true that an installation is different on your vehicle from one that uses a key, please know your vehicle can be remote started. You can read more about this here.
Myth #4. My vehicle already has keyless entry, so I don’t need that function on my remote start
Many vehicles will shut down the factory keyless entry system when the engine is running, so you will want this feature on your remote start to keep this great convenience function. You will also gain extended range on your keyless entry system, which often comes in handy, even when you aren’t using the remote start.
Myth #5. There is a chip in my key, so I can’t get a remote start
On the Go Tech has been safely and securely remote starting vehicles with integrated transponder chips for a long time. On most vehicles, you don’t need to sacrifice a key when getting your system installed. Any of our team members will be happy to explain.
Myth #6. You can’t remote start a manual transmission
Yes, we can! You can safely remote start your manual transmission vehicle. We employ multiple safeguards to ensure your vehicle will never move while being remote started. You can read more about this here.
Myth #7. I can have a buddy install it for me
Stop! Don’t do it! Modern vehicles have very sophisticated electrical systems that network everything together. Unless your buddy is knowledgeable about CAN-BUS systems, trust your remote starter installation to a professional. A remote start installed by an amateur could result in you being stranded on the side of the road. You can read more about this here.
Myth #8. I park in a garage, so I don’t need one
When you leave your house in the morning and your vehicle sits at work, school, church, or anywhere else, it is going to get cold. Wouldn’t you like the convenience of walking out to a warm vehicle?
Remote Starter Myths Dispelled
Now that we’ve dispelled the myths about remote starters, we invite you to contact us HERE or stop by our facility at your convenience. One of the team members at On the Go Tech in Madison, Wisconsin, will work one on one with you to find the best remote start solution, and will back it up with our lifetime installation warranty.