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Remote Starters: Why You Should Get One

Posted by Josh Chang on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 @ 01:41 PM

Some of the more luxury brands have remote starters coming standard with their vehicles, but chances are if you own a Toyota, Honda, or other economical brand, you probably don't have one installed on your vehicle. Here are some reasons why it could be one of the best investments you've made on your car.

1. Keep Your Car Warm (Or Cool!)

Wellesley Toyota Remote StarterDepending on where you live, this could be one of the best reasons to buy and install a remote starter on your car. I live in Boston, where the winters can get quite cold and miserable. When you've been at work all day and your car has been sitting in a frozen parking lot, the pain and discomfort of getting into a frozen car is not the best feeling in the world. On the flip side, if its summertime or you live somewhere that is constantly hot, stepping into a car that is actually hotter than it is outside is arguably a worse feeling! Well, with a remote starter, you can start your car and the heater or A/C well before you get into your vehicle. Let me tell you, one of the best feelings is stepping into a warm car when its 10 degrees outside!

2. Warming Up Your Engine

As I've said before, its always better to drive away with an engine that has been warming up for a few minutes than immediately driving away after starting an engine that has been sitting in freezing temperatures for an 8-hour work day. With a remote starter, you don't have to worry because you can start your engine before you get to your car so by the time you get there, its warm and ready to go! This greatly increases the longevity and performance of your engine.


3. Safety 

Wellesley Toyota Car SnowThere are way more benefits to remote starting your car other than your own comfort. By pre-heating a car that has been sitting in a frozen tundra of a parking lot with snow and ice pelting it from all directions, it makes it way easier to defrost and remove ice and snow from the windows, mirrors, and headlights. Have you ever seen people driving in winter with 3 inches of snow still sitting on the hood? Don't be that guy.

4. Re-sell Value

As you'd expect, having a remote starter on your car greatly increases the re-sale value of your vehicle, should you wish to trade it in or sell it in the future. This is especially true if you live in a cold region like Boston!

5. Security Features

Contrary to popular belief, remote starting your car DOES NOT make it easier to steal. Remote starter systems all require the key to be in the ignition or the key to be in the vehicle before shifting from Park to Drive or Reverse. In fact, your remote starter can even alert you if the car's locks and security systems are being tampered with and allow you to set off the car's alarm remotely!

If you're looking to install a remote starter system, we have them available! Give us a call at 781-239-6850 or visit us at 234 Worcester Street in Wellesley, MA for more information.

Topics: Wellesley Toyota, Tips, Winter Driving

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