When On the Go Tech is talking to clients about remote starters, the topic of remote starter range always comes up. Many times, the client will say, “I only need the basic system since I’m only going to start my car from my home.” They might say something like, “This system says it has 1,000 feet of range, and I am never that far away from my vehicle, so I don’t need that much range.” Let’s explore these thought processes, and a few more.
“I am only going to start my vehicle from my house”
That is probably the single most-common response we get from clients when we discuss range. After doing this for years, though, this is what we have found: If people have never owned a remote starter, they don’t realize how much they are going to like that warmed-up vehicle, along with the joy of no longer having to scrape ice off the windows.
The question becomes, “Do you only want to have a warm vehicle in the morning? Are you OK with scraping your windows at work, or when out and about?” The answer is probably no. Once you go out to that warm vehicle once, you will be hooked, and you will find lots of times or places to use that remote starter. Here at On the Go Tech, we suggest thinking about all the places where your vehicle will sit over the course of an average week. Then, buy enough range to make sure it will start in all those places. When your vehicle sits for just 45 minutes on a cold day, it will lose a lot of heat. While you won’t have to run it as long as first thing in the morning, there will still be a benefit to you in starting it 5 to 7 minutes before you are ready to leave.
“Why do I need a system with more than 1,000 feet of range?”
To be brutally honest, most systems with 1,000 feet of claimed range will only give you 200–300 feet of actual range. That’s because, when remote starters are tested, it is by line of sight in an open area. When you go inside a building, especially a commercial building, you are going to lose most of your range. As you move up in range capability, the systems go from AM- to FM-based systems, and then on to Spread Spectrum FM-based systems. As you keep moving up the ladder, these technologies are less affected by buildings, power lines and other electronics. We have seen 1,000-foot range systems not be able to start a car 200 feet away when the driver is in a hospital, school or office building.
Our team understands the things that affect range, so we can sell you the right system the first time to maximize your convenience. We invite you to stop by On the Go Tech and speak to one of our specialists. We promise to sell you the right system the first time and to perform an installation that will give you reliable service for years to come.
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