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How to Safely Use a Remote Start System


Getting the Most Out of This Safety and Convenience Feature

With the exception of our aftermarket car audio and window tinting products, remote start is arguably one of our top sellers here at San Diego Car Stereo. Much like car audio installation, it’s incredibly easy to install and the benefits last for the duration of vehicle ownership. Remote start is also a cost-effective upgrade; it typically runs $300 or less, depending on the type of remote start kit that you purchase and the complexity of the install.

After your remote start installation, you’ll reap all the benefits of being able to activate your car from a distance. On especially hot days, this means that you can give your car a chance to cool down before you physically step into it. Or if you happen to be vacationing in a cold climate, you can heat up the car without needing to put on your coat and boots.

However, just like with any new piece of automobile technology, it’s important to be aware of best practices and how to safely use a product. This ensures that you get the most out of your remote start feature and minimizes the chances of it malfunctioning. Let’s break these down one-by-one.

#1 – Always Go with Professional Remote Start Installation

We’re putting professional remote start installation at the top of our list because, quite frankly, it’s the most important thing to consider. Improper remote start installation can lead to several potential problems – from electrical to operational – that will ultimately lead to a poor experience and repair costs.

Even though professional remote start installation is going to run you a little bit more compared to going with a discount install or attempting to do it yourself – it’s worth it. Trust us. A malfunctioning remote start is not a problem you want to deal with.

#2 – The Low/Dead Battery Issue

Not unlike your vehicle, your remote start key also runs on a battery. If you get the warning signals that your remote start key is running low on juice, be sure to replace it ASAP. Not doing so will either leave you with a dead key or other operational issues. In fact, if you can get a spare remote start key, having a back-up is always a good idea.

#3 – Carbon Monoxide

If you park your car in the garage, it can be easy to forget about the fact that your car is filling up an enclosed area with carbon monoxide. Too much of that can cause harm to yourself and others. Be mindful of that if you plan on using remote start inside a garage.

#4 – Remote Start and Pets

Some remote start kits have a feature where the car turns off if you don’t enter it with the key in a certain amount of time. Normally, this isn’t an issue, but if you happen to leave a pet in the car on a hot day, that will create an uncomfortable environment for them. Please be mindful of this when selecting your remote start kit.

#5 – People Can Still Break into Your Car

Accessibility and security are big topics when it comes to remote start. People want to know that no one else can enter the car but them. For the most part, this is true. Your remote start key will turn on the engine while keeping the car locked. The only way to unlock the car is with your key; however, your car can still be broken into. It can also still be driven...that is, until the brake pedal is pressed. Once this happens, the engine will automatically shut off without the presence of the key.

Ready to Get Remote Start Installation? San Diego Car Stereo Can Help!

Now that you know the top five things to be mindful of with remote start, the next step is to pick out the remote start kit that is the right fit for you. San Diego Car Stereo has some of the widest selection of remote start kits in the SoCal area. In fact, you can pick up a remote start kit for under $100; however, investing more in your remote start installation and kit means that you’ll get additional features and a broader start range (as much as 5,000 ft. on select kits).

The best way to get started with your remote start installation or car audio installation is by paying a visit to San Diego Car Stereo. We are located at 4220 Convoy St. in sunny San Diego. You can also give us a call at (858) 569-0777 to make an appointment or reach us via email using our contact form.


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