Top Ten Remote Car Starter Myths
Remote Starters are among the most popular products sold at Sound World in Green Bay Over the years, we have seen many car starter myths and misconceptions about this exciting product category. Follow along as we dispel the:
Top Ten remote car starter myths
1. A remote car starter will void my car warranty.
The Great Lie: A Remote Start Will Void My Car Warranty
For as long as Remote Car starters have been around, the falsehood that “remote starters will void your car warranty” has also been around. It’s plainly and simply not true. A federal law – the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act, passed by Congress in 1975 – that provides: “Warranties, written or implied, cannot be conditioned on the consumer’s use of any article or service identified by brand, trade, or corporate name.”
You can check out the website the Federal Trade Commission has established HERE.
Basically, the law says that a vehicle manufacturer can’t void your warranty simply because aftermarket parts have been installed or someone other than the dealer performs your service work, unless the manufacturer has been able to convince the FTC that the restriction is in the public interest. This is rare because it’s a very high hurdle to pass!
Shady Sales Tactics
Sometimes, someone trying to void a warranty follows up with a line like, “Well, your warranty will be voided if you buy a remote start from Sound World, but if you buy it from us, your warranty will still exist.” If you hear something like this, you may want to politely turn around and walk away from the person because:
- They don’t know what they are talking about.
- They are trying to take advantage of you.
What Should You Do?
We’ve had this conversation thousands of times. If an employee at a dealership tells you that your car warranty will be voided if you install a remote start from someplace other than the dealership, ask them to put it in writing. Of the thousands and thousands of times we’ve asked to get it in writing, not once have we seen it put on paper.
Choose Quality Technicians
Installing a remote start system is kind of like integrating a small computer with your car. It requires a highly skilled tecnician to disassemble your vehicle properly, make the right connections using the proper techniques, reassemble the vehicle and verify the integrity of the system afterward. It’s a little bit like surgery on your car. Would you go to a doctor advertising the lowest rates on Craigslist or would you look for a doctor who has the best reputation and a track record of success?
3. Can We Add Diesel Remote Starters? Absolutely!
If you own a diesel-powered vehicle, you may have been told that a remote Start won’t work on your engine. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The remote starter experts at Sound World have been installing diesel remote starters longer than anyone in the area. Our staff are factory-trained by Compustar on the proper methods to safely start your diesel-powered vehicle.
A Look Into Diesel Remote Starters
Here is how a typical conversation goes in our store:
“If you had the choice in the middle of winter, would you like to leave your truck running all the time when out running errands for hours and not have to leave a key in it?”
“I thought so – most other people prefer that. That’s where the options on our Pro-T11 really set it apart from the rest of the crowd, by using its run-time extension feature and stop’n go’features. So, you can go to Menards, put the truck in park, reengage the remote start (without cranking the vehicle, of course!), hop out of the vehicle, lock the door – and the truck keeps running … for 45 minutes! Then, as the timer nears that 45-minute limit, the remote control in your pocket will beep at you, at which time you can restart the timer at 45 minutes again, and do this over and over if you wish.
“You finish your two hours of shopping and go back out to your truck, hit the unlock button while it’s still running, hop in, insert and turn the key, and drive away. All in all, you just spent two hours away from your vehicle and never had to shut down the vehicle. With the other brands, you would have shut it down and started it up to 10 times during that same timeframe.”
Diesel Remote Starters For Trucks AND Cars
Not only can we start your diesel-powered truck, we can also do cars and SUVs, with the Jetta and Passat being very popular vehicles for us.
On most diesel vehicles, we set the remote start run-time at the maximum of 45 minutes. Of course, if you don’t want it to run that long, we can choose a shorter time or you can turn off the remote start via the remote control. A turbo-timer feature can also be integrated to help cool down your turbo.
4. A remote car start is “bad” for my engine.
In the simplest of terms, a remote start runs your engine the same way the engine runs when you start the vehicle with a key or key fob. When you allow your vehicle to warm up before driving away, the fluids in your engine will lubricate critical engine components better.
5. A remote car starter wastes fuel.
Again, a remote start runs your engine the same way as starting with a key or key fob, using the same amount of fuel. Have you ever noticed that your vehicle runs better once it is warmed up? Chances are the fuel used to warm it up will be offset significantly by the increased efficiency.
6. A remote car starter is “easy” to install.
Modern vehicle electrical systems use some of the most sophisticated electronics available. Everything is networked together. When installed properly, a remote starter works great, but when done improperly, it can cost thousands of dollars in damage. This is not an area where you want to try and save a few dollars. Go with a pro.
7. I can’t put a remote car starter on my car because of a chip in the key.
Since 1997, Sound World has been safely starting vehicles that use “transponder style” keys. We don’t disable this anti-theft device, but rather work with it.
8. Can someone jump in my car and drive off with it while remote started?
No. All of the safety features present in your vehicle are still there. Things like the shift lock and steering wheel lock are still active, and your doors can be locked. In addition, if you get in the vehicle and press the brake pedal, the remote starter will shut down.
9. I lease a vehicle – can I have a remote start installed?
Absolutely. We will install your automatic starter and, at the end of the lease, can remove it for you and potentially install it in your next vehicle.
10. My car starts with a push button instead of a key.
No problem. There are very few cars on the road today in which we can’t properly interface a remote start. In fact, we specialize in installing remote car starters in vehicles the other guys won’t touch.
Now That We Have Dispelled The Remote Car Starter Myths, Call For Your Appointment Today!
Now that you know a remote car starter can be installed in your vehicle safely, the next step is a visit to Sound World Green Bay For more than 20 years, we have been known as the remote starter experts. Our team will work one on one with you to find the best solution for your needs. If you would like more details before your visit, please feel free to contact us.