What Are the Benefits of a Remote Starter?
By The Radio Clinic in Chattanooga, TN
A remote starter comprises a convenient feature of many modern-day vehicles. Whether purchased as an aftermarket accessory or installed as a factory option, a remote starter allows a driver to start a vehicle’s engine with remote control, usually in the form of an electronic key fob. Besides the obvious advantage of stepping into a warm (or cool) vehicle, there are several benefits to having a remote starter.
The biggest benefit of a remote starter is the comfort of having a vehicle that is warm or cool prior to entry. By leaving the heater or air conditioning in the “on” position, a driver can then activate the remote starter. After waiting several minutes, the climate control then warms or cools the vehicle as needed. Because the vehicle is operating without the keys in the ignition or the driver present, most remote starters also include controls allowing for the remote securing of a vehicle, ensuring the safety of the vehicle and any individuals who will eventually occupy it.
There are further safety benefits of having a remote starter. By allowing an icy vehicle to warm up before driving, it is easier to defrost or scrape the windows. This action subsequently results in greater visibility and safety for the driver. Warming the vehicle also melts snow and ice that can obstruct the headlights or brake lights, making the vehicle more visible to other drivers, especially in snowy conditions.
Warming a vehicle, prior to driving, is also beneficial to the engine. In order for the vehicle’s climate control system to start producing warm air, the engine must first warm-up as it runs. Because the vehicle idles for several minutes prior to being driven, the engine oil becomes more viscous and provides better lubrication once the driver is ready to depart. This warm-up period is especially beneficial for cars or trucks with diesel engines. However, gas engines also benefit from this feature.
A remote starter also increases the resale value of a vehicle, especially if it is operated in an area with extreme climate conditions. While it may not be as important as the vehicle’s overall condition or mileage, it can still be a useful selling point or a reason to demand more value for a trade-in at a dealership.