Remote Start Frequently Asked Questions

Remote Start FAQ

Each year, we install hundreds of remote start systems.  Here we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions...

Q. Will a Remote Start System void my new car warranty?
A. NO.
  We install remote start systems for many of the area car dealerships.  When properly installed, today’s remote start systems are fully compatible with the complex electronic systems in newer vehicles.  Federal Law prevents an auto manufacturer from voiding a new car warranty because you chose to have non-factory accessories installed.  For more info, Google Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975.

Q. How long will it take?
Installation time varies greatly from vehicle to vehicle.  Please make arrangements to leave your vehicle with us for an entire day. 

Q. What should I bring with me?
Please bring two ignition keys that will both start the vehicle.  Many of the interface modules require two keys for programming.

Q. My car is a stick shift.  Can you install a Remote Start?
  We have remote starts designed to work safely on stick shifts.  There is a small additional charge for stick shift vehicles.

Q.  I have a diesel engine.  Can you install a Remote Start?
A.  YES!
  We have remote starts designed for diesels.  When you activate your remote start, it will wait for the glow plugs or manifold heaters to turn off before it attempts to start.  There is a small additional charge for diesel vehicles.

Q. My key has a chip in it.  Can you install a Remote Start?
A. YES!  While other shops charge extra for the necessary modules, we don’t.  While there are a few exceptions to this, we include the necessary module for 99.9% of the vehicles out there today.

Q. My vehicle has a push-button start (Smart Key).  Can you install a remote start?
A. YES!  For most Smart-Key / push-button start vehicles, we are able to install a remote start.  There is a small additional charge for these vehicles.

Q. How long will my vehicle stay running?
Standard run-time for any of our CompuStar Remote Start systems is 25 minutes.  This is usually plenty of time for your vehicle to warm up on even the coldest mornings.  Upon request, we can set a shorter or longer run-time.

Q. Can somebody take my car while it is remote started?
A. NO.  If your car is locked, it will remain locked.  The steering wheel and shifter (automatic trans) will also stay locked.  Most importantly, you must insert your key in the ignition before you can drive away.  If anyone attempts to drive away without the key in the ignition, the engine will shut off as soon as you put your foot on the brake pedal.

Q. How much will I save if I install it myself?
Because of the complex nature of Remote Start Systems, we do not offer them for sale without installation.