The winters seem to be getting more and more brutal with each passing year. And it’s a real pain to wake up to sub-zero temperatures with the thought of having to go out, scrape off the windows, and get into a freezing car to start your day. Thankfully, if you have a remote starter, you can relax and know that when it’s time to get in your car to go to work, your windows will be defrosted and the car will be warm and comfortable for your morning commute.
But what if your vehicle didn’t come with a remote starter installed? Well, the good news is that you don’t have to be left out in the cold because there are plenty of aftermarket options available, and we’re going to take a look at the best options right now.
Directed Electronics 4806P Python
The Python is a 2-way LED remote system that’s one of the best on the market, thanks to it having a range of up to one mile. This system features LED command confirmation, comes with a 1-way companion remote and is compatible with vehicles that have a manual transmission. This remote also features the company’s Smart Start technology which allows you to remote start or locks your car with your smartphone via the company’s app. Because this is one of the more full-featured remote starters on the market, you may want to consider getting professional help with installation unless you know what you’re doing.
If you’re on a budget, the Avital 4103LX is an excellent remote starter for the price. What makes this remote starter such a great option is that it offers some security features usually only found on the more expensive devices such as a kill switch for the engine, which is turned on when you lock your vehicle, which is great compensation for not having a full-blown alarm feature. Another plus for this remote starter is that because it doesn’t come with all of the bells and whistles of the more expensive models, it’s easier to install.
Compustar Pro T11
This remote starter is another that’s closer to the top of the line and has the features to back it up. The standout features are the 3-mile range and the detailed LED touch screen. Like the Python, this system is LED and features 2-way remotes for locking and starting your vehicle. Also, the remote is durable and waterproof, and charges via a USB cable. Lastly, like the Python, this remote is best installed by a professional.
The Viper 5906V, like the Compustar, features a large, OLED touch screen, which is clear and easy to navigate. The company’s SuperCode technology allows this remote to be used on two vehicles, and you can also use your phone with the SmartStart module via an app. Lastly, this remote starter has a 1-mile range and installation is on the moderately difficult side, but the instructions are clear, and anyone who’s handy should have no trouble.
This 1-way remote starter is the one to get if you have a Diesel engine. This system includes a 1-way remote starter and a keyless lock/unlock. The range of the unit is up to 1,000 feet, which isn’t quite as good as the others on the list, but still useful. Also, the remote unit is pretty bare bones with four manual buttons that serve various functions. Even though it lacks a lot of the options of other starters, this is a solid device for those with diesel-powered vehicles, and it’s straightforward to install, even for those with limited technical skills.
Here’s another remote starter that’s near the top of the line because of the many features it offers. The primary remote has 3,000-foot range and features 2-way operation, while the secondary remote boasts a 2,000-foot range. The main remote has a nice, large LCD screen with easy to read instructions while the second remote is a standard manual button device. Perhaps the best feature, though, is the number of vehicles this remote supports. Lastly, this remote starter powers up to two vehicles and you can set it to unlock your car’s trunk your vehicle is set up for it.While having a remote starter was once seen as a luxury, it’s now a necessity, especially if you live where it gets freezing cold or you want the security of being able to start your car and unlock it from the safety of your office or home. Thankfully, if your vehicle didn’t come with a factory remote start system, there’s an affordable option available for everyone.