What Options Do You Need in a Remote Start Device?
There are numerous options available on remote starters, but do you really need them all? Here are some of the most popular features:
2-way Remotes: From your remote you send a signal to your vehicle to start the engine, your vehicle then sends you a message that informs you that the engine has been started and is currently running. This option can be tied in to your alarm system as well. For example your vehicle can let you know if the alarm has been triggered.
Number of Auxiliaries: For each additional feature that you would like connected to your remote start unit you will need a corresponding auxiliary port. Most basic remote start systems come standard with 1 button to start the vehicle and 2 auxiliary connections. Be sure that the unit that you have selected can handle all of your needs.
Number of Key Fobs: A great deal of remote starters only contain 1 key fob. If you require 2 key fobs, be sure that the remote start system that you have chosen includes multiple fobs.
Engine RPM Sensing: The remote start device monitors the engine’s RPM to determine if the engine has started or if it has died. In the latter case it will attempt to restart the engine.*
Use Factory Key Fob: Some units have the ability to work with your existing key fob. For example, if you press the lock button 3 times the engine will start.
Engine Kill: An additional level of safety and security allowing you the ability to turn off the engine remotely.*
Keyless Entry: In the majority of cases, remote start units have a far superior range than OEM keyless entry systems. This option eliminates the need to carry 2 key fobs, one to unlock your vehicle and one to start it remotely.*
Vehicle Security: - Control your vehicle’s alarm without the need for multiple fobs.*
Heated Seats: Push a button to start your car, then push the corresponding auxiliary button to turn on your seat warmers.*
Rear Defrost: On most vehicles the rear defroster resets itself when the engine is shut off. In order to ensure that the rear defroster is turned on, the installer will interface with the rear defrost circuit. To enable rear defrost, just press the corresponding auxiliary once the vehicle has been started.*
Anti-Grind: This feature disrupts the starter when the remote start is in use, making it impossible to grind the starter (double start) if the key is over rotated.*