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Tips for buying a quality remote starter for your car:
Professional installation is the key to a quality remote car starter experience. Do not trust your vehicle to the lowest bidder! Remote starters involve complicated installs in today’s vehicles, so it is important that the installation be done properly. One mistake can create thousands of dollars in damage not covered under your vehicle’s warranty.
I don’t say that to scare you off. A trained professional can do the job correctly, avoiding costly mistakes and helping you maximize the enjoyability of your new remote car starter.
Do not trust the install to your family or your local mechanic. You wouldn’t bring your vehicle to the local mobile electronics installer for an engine overhaul or transmission repair. Go to a specialist!
Obviously, there may be some exceptions to these comments, but the exceptions are few and far between. Use your head!
Buying a Poor-quality Remote Car Starter
You can buy a remote car starter at the local auto parts store for $79.99. It comes with an instructional DVD that claims that you can install it yourself. Don’t believe it. You probably can’t! These remote starters are usually of lower quality than the units that you would buy at a specialty retailer like Mobile Edge. In most cases, a quality manufacturer of remote car starters will require professional installation and frown upon over-the-counter sales. They know that the odds of failure decrease exponentially when a professional does the work.
The problem is that most people do not know a high-quality brand from a low-quality brand when it comes to remote car starters. A good rule of thumb is to search out the best shop in your market. It is a fair assumption that they will sell and install what they perceive as a high-quality brand. If you trust the shop, you can trust their choice in the products that they carry.
Think about it this way: If that is a good shop, they probably sell and install tons of remote starters. Do you think they would choose an inferior product, knowing that it would create all kinds of headaches for them? Probably not.
Buying a Remote Starter at One Place and Getting It Installed at Another
NEVER…. repeat, NEVER, buy a remote starter at one shop and have it installed somewhere else. That is the biggest mistake you can make. You always want to have your starter installed at the very same place where you bought it. Do not make the mistake of buying the eBay/Wal-Mart/Auto Parts Store deal. Most quality shops will not install a remote starter that was purchased elsewhere. You will be left with the second- and third-tier shops that might agree to do this.