Even though we’ve been enjoying mild weather and sunshine here in the Upstate lately, believe it or not wintertime is just around the corner. Our window tinting season is starting to draw to a trickle, and our remote start season is amping up with Jack Frost beginning to touch windshields in the morning before work. There’s no doubt that the thought of a warm and toasty vehicle generates lots and lots of interest in Rogers Stereo this time of the year, but many of our clients have concerns and questions about how remote start works and about our installation process. Well, we’ve heard you, and now we’d like to go over some of the most common remote car starter questions and myths (and as always, give us a call at 864-288-9999 for any other questions you may have).
1.Will having a remote start system void my vehicle’s warranty?
No. Rogers Stereo only carries reputable remote start systems and we are professional authorized installers for these products. Our installers have been trained to work with these systems and a quality manufacturer will support both you (and us) in the event there are any concerns or obstacles to overcome. In fact many dealers in the Upstate bring vehicles to us before purchase so we can install remote starts in cars where a customer wants a particular car and a remote start system but the car did not have a factory installed remote start.
2. What is a “Interface Module” or “Bypass”? Why do I need it?
Most newer vehicles have a factory anti-theft system (not to be confused with a proper security system) in them. Sometimes these are referred to as “Chip Keys” or transponder keys. In order for a remote starter to start the car, an Interface Module, or Bypass, is used so that when the remote start is activated the system will allow the vehicle to start. The important part is to ensure that the device used does not totally disable your vehicle’s anti-theft system. Interface Modules are also increasingly required to work with newer vehicles’ computers and start sequences, beyond the basic power and start wiring that was needed years ago.
3. My friend says he can install my remote start, he did his own x amount of years ago:
Ok, we may be a bit partial, but in our opinion this is not a good idea. Vehicle electronics systems and wiring have become complicated in the last few years. Installing a remote start system involves programming modules to the specific software and features of your vehicle, and wiring them into various systems in your automobile. Think about the amount of money you have tied up in your car, and ask yourself if choosing an experienced, reputable installer seems like the best decision. Our vehicles are often the second-most expensive purchase we make and taking care of our purchase should be a priority. Plus, an added benefit of choosing a facility like Rogers Stereo is that should your remote system not work, you simply return to us to have it fixed.
4. I have a Push-to-Start vehicle, can you install a remote start in my car?
5. Can you install a remote start in my manual transmission (stick shift) car?
No, we do not.
6. Can someone steal my vehicle while it is running with a remote start system?
No, while the remote system is running your steering wheel lock, transmission lock and key transponder system (if equipped) all remain active. If a valid key is not inserted into your vehicle’s ignition and turned to on or run position, the remote start system will shut the engine down as soon as the brake pedal is touched. Your vehicle will also remain locked while it is remote started (provided you locked it when you exited the vehicle).
7. How long does a remote start installation typically take?
Although it typically only takes a couple of hours, we advise that you drop your vehicle off for half a day (4 hours) to have a remote start system installed. Some vehicles require less time, some require more.
8. What should I bring with me on my remote start installation day?
We advise that you bring all of the keys you have for your vehicle, and any remotes you have for the vehicle. Many interface modules for newer cars require both keys at the time of installation for programming. Other than that, just bring your excitement— no more cold car mornings!
9. I have a factory car alarm/security system, can you install a remote start in my car?
10. I have no idea what remote start system to select, how do I know what system is best for my car?
This is the benefit of shopping with Rogers Stereo, all of our sales staff know exactly how to help you select a remote start and the requirements for your specific vehicle. They are all very knowledgable, courteous and helpful. You can trust that you are in good hands when you shop with us.