The staff at Certified Auto Sound and Security in Maple Ridge, Abbotsford and Chilliwack are here to prevent remote car starter mistakes for you. Often, consumers rush to purchase remote starters because they see a low price or a sale, only to find out the system doesn’t work the way they want. We have partnered with Compustar, the undisputed leader in remote car starters to ensure our clients get the performance and reliability they want. Let’s look at the top five mistakes people make when buying a remote start system.
1) Buying Based on Low Prices
You can certainly walk into an auto parts store a buy a remote starter for less than a Compustar system. Likewise, you can buy a Honda Civic for less than an Acura NSX. The features, performance and reliability of remote starters vary dramatically. A quality remote starter features high-quality components, excellent vehicle connectivity options and extensive testing to ensure it will operate reliably. Yes, this does cost a little more, but we think it’s worth it to provide our clients with the reliability they expect.
2) Not Buying Enough Remote Range
Why is range important? If you park your car in your driveway, almost any starter will fire it up from your front door. But what about when you go out for dinner or shopping at the mall? You could easily be 300 meters away in a parking lot. Your car needs time to warm up, so being able to start it before you leave the restaurant or mall will give it that time. Be sure to pick a starter that provides the range you need to ensure your vehicle will be comfortable.
3) Forgetting about the Importance of Proper Installation
When you hand your keys over to a shop to install a remote starter, you are trusting their ability to integrate the system reliably. Ensuring the right connections are made, and that they are made reliably, may determine whether your vehicle will start the next time you turn the key. We solder every single connection we make to ensure it is 100% reliable. Once everything is electrically secure, we protect the connection with premium vinyl electrical tape and then bundle and secure all of the wiring with automotive-grade cloth tape and high-quality wire ties.
4) Asking Someone to Install a Remote Starter They Didn’t Sell You
Bringing that starter to someone else can open a can of worms. If there is a problem, you’re likely to get stuck between the retailer and the installer blaming each other for the problem. Installation technicians are much more comfortable working with familiar products. They know the wiring colours, understand the programming process and often own the tools to configure the system quickly. What you save on the cost of the starter can quickly disappear when it comes time to have it installed.
5) Not Getting the Features You Want
When you go remote starter shopping, the salesperson should ask you questions about where and how you’ll be using the starter and what else you want it to control. The most basic of accessory functions is door lock control. We can also offer power trunk or hatch release, rear window defroster control, adjustable runtime, heated seat and steering wheel integration, and much more. Make sure you get all the features you want when you purchase a remote starter.
Avoid Remote Car Starter Mistakes at Certified Auto Sound and Security
When it comes time to shop for a starter for your vehicle, drop by Certified Auto Sound and Security in Abbotsford, Maple Ridge or Chilliwack. Our team will help you avoid costly and frustrating remote car starter mistakes. For more information, send us an e-mail using our online contact form or give the store nearest to you a call.