We have installed hundreds of Remote Car Starters for our clients, often they have the same questions and concerns about having a remote start system installed. There is no doubt that having a remote starter to fend off the cold, damp winters we get in Abbotsford and around BC’s Fraser Valley. Having a remote car starter in Canada is as Canadian as Maple Syrup! 🙂 So let’s go over some of the most common remote car starter questions and remote starter installation questions, and clear up some myths and misunderstandings about them. You can also call us at 604-746-3110 with any questions or concerns you have.
In brief – NO. This is probably the biggest remote car starter question clients have, and the one with the most misunderstanding and misinformation around it. The simple answer is that having a Remote Car Starter will not void your warranty. The Magnuson Act Laws are in place to allow you to have devices like remote starters installed in your vehicle. You should ensure that the quality of equipment you choose, and the quality of installation is such that warranty concerns do not come into play. The best method is to select a reputable remote start system manufacturer and have it installed by a professional authorized dealer for that product. They have been trained to work with those systems and a quality manufacturer will support both your and the installing dealer (us) in the event there are any concerns or obstacles to overcome. In fact many dealers will use the same products and often have a specialist like ourselves install remote starters in vehicles at the time of purchase when they were not factory installed in the vehicle!
Most newer vehicles have a factory anti-theft system (not to be confused with a proper security system) in them. Some times these are referred to as “Chip Keys” or transponder keys. In order for a remote starter to start the car, an Interface Module or “By-Pass” is used so that when the Remote Start is activated the system will allow the vehicle to start. The important part is to ensure that the device used does not totally disable your vehicles anti-theft system! Interface Modules are also increasingly required to work with newer vehicles computers and start sequences, beyond the basic Power and Start wiring that was needed 30 years ago when we started doing remote car starters!
My friend says he can install my Remote Starter, or he has done them 10 years ago.
Vehicle electronics systems and wiring have become a lot more complex in the last few years. Installing a remote starter today involves programming modules to the specific software and features of your vehicle, and wiring them into various systems in your vehicle. Our clients have found that when trusting their vehicle to someone, choosing a trained, experienced technician who is up to date on vehicle systems, installation methods, has full access to factory level vehicle wiring information as well as direct access to the manufacturers for any technical support is best. Why would you want to trust the 2nd most expensive purchase most of us make – our vehicles – to anyone else. The added benefit of choosing a facility like ours is that should your remote start system not work, you simply return to us and have it fixed, no waiting for your friend (or his friend) to have time to check it out. Our friend Mitch Schaffer (who wrote a book on remote car starters!) has an informative write up on this on his website MobileSolutionsOnline.com .
Can you install a Remote Starter in a car with a Manual Transmission?
Yes, our Manual Transmission Remote Car Starter systems have been specially designed to work in vehicles with Manual Transmissions or “Stick Shifts”.
Can you install a Remote Starter in a car with PTS or Push To Start Button?
Yes, our Remote Car Starter systems work with vehicles that have Push-To-Start or PTS buttons.
Can you install a Remote Starter in a diesel trucks or cars?
Yes, our Remote Car Starter systems have specially designed circuits to allow for your glow plugs to warm before starting, and even have Turbo Cool Down modes to allow you to exit the vehicle and leave the engine running while your Turbo cools down.
Can somebody steal my car while it is running with the Remote Starter?
No, while the remote start system is running your steering wheel lock, transmission lock and key transponder system (if equipped) all remain active. If a valid key is not inserted into your vehicles ignition and turned to on or run position, the remote start system will shut the engine down as soon as the brake pedal is touched. Your vehicle will also remain locked while it is remote started (provided you locked it when you exited the vehicle).
How long does it take to have a Remote Car Starer installed?
Typically we ask that you drop your vehicle off for half a day (4 hours) to have a remote start system installed. Some vehicles require less time, some require more.
What should I bring with me on the day my Remote Starter is being installed?
We ask that you bring all of the keys you have for your vehicle, and any remotes you have for the vehicle. Many Interface Modules for newer cars require both keys at the time of installation for programming. Other than that, just bring your excitement – no more cold car mornings!
I have a remote starter I bought elsewhere or received as a gift, will you install it?
Due to the complex nature of remote start systems, and the complexity of diagnosing any issues that may arise and providing warranty, we do not install systems that are not purchased from us. This is to ensure that we can fully support and warranty both the work we perform on your vehicle and the system itself.
Can I have a Remote Car Stater installed if I have a factory Car Alarm or Security System?
Yes, our remote starter systems and Interface Modules can be integrated to work with factory installed security systems or car alarms.
My vehicle came with a Factory Remote Starter, but the range is poor, can you extend it?
Often, yes we can install a Range Extended remote giving you longer range to start your vehicle with. Contact us to find out if your vehicle can have a Range Extender installed.
We are here to help you select the right type of remote car starter for your vehicle, and address any questions or concerns you have. Please come visit our facility in Abbotsford at 2139 Clearbrook Road, or call us at 604-746-3110.