How Much Does a Remote Starter Cost?
A remote starter is a feature that allows a car owner to start the car with the push of a button. This can usually be done from up to 2,500 feet away and is especially helpful in the cold winters. It also allows you to let your car warm up or cool down while leaving it locked, lessening the threat of theft. Some new cars can be purchased with remote starters, but an remote starter can be installed separately on any car. Most of the remote starters also come standard with key-less entry capabilities. The cost of a remote starter can depend on the features, the age of the car as well as the brand.
How much is it?
- The most basic remote starter, which only starts, locks, and unlocks your car, will cost between $50-$75. These are all prices for the start only and won’t include installation costs by a professional.
- The next level of car starters, which has a car alarm in addition to the remote start and keyless entry, will cost about $70 -$120.
- A remote starter, keyless entry, alarm, and security system pager will cost between $130-$180. This security pager will tell you if a door or trunk is open, if the car is running, if windows are opens, etc. It will do all of this from up to 2500 feet away.
- Advanced car starters that can notify you when the car engine has been turned on as well as can assist with turning on lights. These same starters can also turn on the defroster, set customized times and more. Higher end remote starters can cost as much as $400.
- Other stores sell car starters as well, stores such as Car-Stuff.com also offers car starters for different types of starters for Hyundai, Ford, Buick, Volkswagen and Toyota are priced $48 to $125.
- For example, the highly rated Bulldog RS1100 remote starter retails for $66 to $80. Easy-to-install, this starter comes with a 4-button transmitter, dedicated start/stop buttons and has a range up to 400 feet.
What is going to be included?
- Depending on the company you choose, the actual remote starter kit is the only thing included. Other companies will include installation in the price.
- Two key fobs are included in the purchase of most remote starters.
- Most remote starters come with some type of limited warranty.
What are the extra car starter costs?
- If you buy the remote starter from a company such as Commando, installation will be an extra cost. Installation instructions can be requested, but it is best to take it to a professional installer. Car Tunes is an example of a company that will install remote starters. Installation usually costs between $50-$100. (You could also purchase the remote starter from them, usually resulting in free installation.)
- If the key fob you are given is lost or stolen, there will be an extra cost to replace it.
- If you need to get your remote starter uninstalled (if you are turning in a lease or selling the car and wish to keep the starter), there is usually a similar cost to getting the initial installation done.
- Repairs down the road may be required if the remote starter fails and work needs to be done. This work can be done through either through the technician that has done it in the past or through another third-party vendor.
Tips to know:
- If purchasing a car remote starter, make sure that the starter is going to work with your car make and model.
- Be sure to go to an authorized dealer if you’re going to have a third party install the device.
- Most remote car starters won’t start with a manual transmission car. This is due to the fact that the clutch has to be pressed in to start the vehicle.
- If you’re going to have a remote starter system installed, you may also want to consider having an alarm installed with it. This type of combination package is a great way to save on an alarm.
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How can I save money?
- Most stores that sell and install remote starters will have them on sale from time to time. Watch the store ads to get the best price.
- Get the remote starter with the least added features for your needs. For example, if you don’t live in a high-crime area, the car alarm may not be necessary.
- Consider the age of the car. Older cars may not require a remote starter because of it’s age. It’s unnecessary to install a starter into an older car as it may not last as long as expected.
- Consider installing the remote starter on your own. If you have any sort of car experience, the job isn’t that hard to do. Consider various resources online that can assist with the installation process. Trust your gut on this one. If you feel that you don’t have the necessary experience, it’s best to leave it up to a professional.