One of the most common questions we get at Driven Audio during remote-start season is “Can I use my factory remote to start my vehicle”? It is a very good question. There are pros and cons for keeping the factory remote for everything. Let’s explore them, so you can see what makes the most sense for you.
Pros For Using Your Factory Remote
- You only have to carry one remote around with you. The sad reality is that is the only benefit to you.
Cons For Using Your Factory Remote
- You will have a limited range of 50–150 feet for starting your vehicle, since that is the range of your factory remote. You will probably find that you don’t have sufficient range for many places where it would be great to warm up your vehicle remotely – places like a restaurant, work, malls, an apartment, even a grocery store will not be viable options for warming up your vehicle with your remote starter.
- Once they start your vehicle, many factory remotes go dead, meaning you will have to use your key to enter the vehicle, which is surely an inconvenience. (We have a solution for that, keep reading).
Using The Factory Remote Doesn’t Make Much Sense
Now, if you are like most people, you no longer like the idea of using your factory remote. The good news is that Driven Audio has some great solutions for you. We call them one-button remote controls. These are extremely compact remotes that give you greatly improved range compared to your factory remote control.
We even have one-button systems with two-way confirmation back to the remote. Now, when you ask your vehicle to start, you will know for certain that it is warming up because the remote gets confirmation from the vehicle once it is running. This is a great feature that many of our clients appreciate.
Aftermarket Remotes Work Even While The Car Is Running
As for the many factory keyless entry systems that go dead once the engine is running – that is not a problem when you use one of our one-button systems. Once the vehicle is running and you walk up to it, you simply tap the button, and your doors will unlock. No fumbling for the key!
Smartphone Control Provides Ultimate Convenience
Are you still determined to only carry one remote control around? No problem. We have smartphone-based remote starters that will work through apps on your phone. Now you can have unlimited range. As long as your phone has an Internet connection and our remote-start system can access the Internet from where you are parked, you are good to go. You can be on your way back to your vehicle from miles away and, with simply a touch on your phone, your vehicle will start warming up for you. This system will also give you control over your vehicle’s keyless entry system so you will never need a key to enter your vehicle.
We invite you to stop by Driven Audio with your vehicle and get to know us. Our team of remote-start experts will work with you to find the best solution for your unique needs.
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