The staff here at Certified Auto Sound in Abbotsford, Chilliwack or Maple Ridge want to help you buy a remote car starter. There are ways to maximize the performance and reliability of the system and the purchasing experience, and ways to almost ensure frustration and headaches. This article outlines six of the top do’s and don’ts for remote starter shopping.
1. Do Buy the Starter from the People Who Will Install It
We often have clients come into our stores with remote starters that they bought at Canadian Tire, Walmart or Amazon. Our technicians aren’t as familiar with their wiring and programming procedures as we are with the Compustar systems we sell. The result is that it will take more time to install these other systems and the net cost may be higher. In the event something is wrong with the starter, you will have to return the system to wherever you purchased it. This will require additional time and labor expense.
2. Don’t Try to Install a Starter Yourself
Vehicles used to have simple analog wires for each function, but modern vehicles require data interface modules to be remote started and control door locks. These modules must be programmed by an authorized dealer for the year, make, model and trim level of your vehicle, and sometimes for the remote starter system you have purchased. This process is not available to consumers.
The warranty that comes with a remote starter states that the system must be installed by an authorized dealer.
3. Do Make Sure You Have Enough Range
Remote starter range matters. Yes, if your car or truck is in the driveway in front of your house, you don’t need much range. But what about when you go out for dinner, to a movie, shopping or to visit a friend? You may need a lot more range than you thought to ensure you can start the vehicle and let it warm up or cool down before it’s time to go.
4. Don’t Buy from the Cheapest Place
We’ll be quite honest here: We are not the least-expensive place to buy a remote starter. We offer expertise, quality products and exceptional customer service. Our team of installation technicians has more than a century of experience in installing remote car starters. We only use premium products and integrate them into your vehicle in a way that will ensure their reliability and enhance their performance. Doing things the right way takes a little more time – but it’s worth it.
5. Do Visit the Store
If you are shopping around for a remote starter (something that we highly suggest), don’t do it over the phone. Visit each store. You want your starter installed properly, not quickly. You can get a sense of a company’s attention to detail as soon as you walk in the door. You want to understand the approach and philosophy of the company you are trusting to work on your vehicle. Is the store neat and tidy? Are the displays organized and fully stocked?
6. Don’t Buy an Inexpensive Remote Starter
We want you to have a great experience with your remote starter purchase. You want it to work reliably. We want to sell you a system that works the way you want, and honestly, unless it’s for an unrelated purchase, we don’t want to see you again until it’s time for a starter in your next vehicle. Hassles with repairs to poorly designed or manufactured products waste your time and ours.
Certified Auto Sound Makes Buying a Remote Car Starter Easy
If you are interested in buying a remote car starter, drop by Certified Auto Sound and talk to a member of our team. We’ll ensure you get the system you need, at a fair price and installed perfectly. For more information, give us a call or send an e-mail using our contact form.