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Old 12-17-2013, 01:56 PM
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DH decided to just tell me he wants a remote car starter for Christmas. I have no idea where to begin or a clue on the cost. Do I buy one and then go somewhere to get it installed? Do places sell AND install? How do I know what kind to get? Cost?
I tried looking online but it just made me more confused.
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Old 12-17-2013, 01:58 PM
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I got my remote starter at the dealership I bought the car from. They sold and installed it. It may have been a little more money than a car audio place, but I liked knowing that I'd have the dealership to go back to, if needed.
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:01 PM
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It's something you have to have installed. You can go to places like Best Buy. Their car audio shop will be able to help you out. Other smaller audio and car alarm shops will have what you need too. But I have to ask. Does he really need this or is it just the idea of having it? I ask because I had a neighbor who always started his car as he left his front door so it was running ten seconds later when he stepped in. It was the funniest and silliest thing I ever saw a guy do with his car. And on my present car it came with it. I tried it out a few times. It doesn't do anything for me.

But I suppose those in colder climates might have a different opinion.
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:08 PM
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Hifi-yes! For those of us in a colder climate, it is wonderful! Today, when it was below zero, I started my car from inside my warm house and didn't need to sit in my freezing car! It is definitely on my 'must have' list now!

To the op-I got this one installed at the dealership-I want to say it added about five hundred dollars to my total. On my last car, I got it installed at best buy, and if I am remembering correctly (it was about 8 years ago), it was a couple hundred dollars.
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:11 PM
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The remote starter is man's greatest invention! I get into a nice warm car every morning, even today when it was 3 degrees and snowing. In the summer on super hot days I turn it on to crank the AC.


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Old 12-17-2013, 02:38 PM
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If you live in a cold climate it is wonderful! Mine came with the car, but car audio places install them as well as dealerships.
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:49 PM
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OK, so I buy it first and then go somewhere to get it installed? How do I know what kind to get or does it even matter? I need something for him for under the tree from Santa, I was hoping I could do this.

Hifi: It was 8 below this morning here, so yes, it would've been used today and all winter for that matter
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:55 PM
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I use mine in the afternoon just to be able to take the chill out of the car.
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Yeah, I guess it's for cold climates
Old 12-17-2013, 03:07 PM
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Out here in Southern CA it gets cold, but not crazy cold.
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Old 12-17-2013, 03:13 PM
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My husband has one on his truck. He called a local audio installer and told them what he wanted. They asked what kind of truck, how many remotes, if he needed power locks, etc. Then he was told the price. He made an appt. and dropped off the vehicle for the installation. For under the tree, you could make a gift certificate and wrap it up so he has something to open. Great gift! My husband loves his remote starter...especially now that it's so cold and snowy!


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Old 12-17-2013, 04:24 PM
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I don't know if you have groupon where you are, but there's often a groupon for it. I completely agree that it's a great thing and your husband will love it. We're getting it for my dad for his new car too!

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Old 12-17-2013, 04:26 PM
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OK, so I buy it first and then go somewhere to get it installed?
No you have to actually go into a shop and buy it and have them install it... if that makes sense ... In other words wherever you buy it from, they will also install it.
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:29 PM
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About 8 yrs ago dh wanted remote start for his new car that did not come with it. I call the car dealer and they have a place that they use when a vehicle does not have it factory installed. It cost $200 at that time and was the best gift I ever gave him, so he says.
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:46 AM
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If it is a newer car, you want to go to the dealership. We were thinking of getting one for my mom and were told to go this route so it doesn't void any of the warranties on the car ( her car was less than a year old) it does cost more but, but it's good to know that if something goes wrong the dealership can't blame the car starter since they were the one who installed it.
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