When we talk to clients about remote car starters here at Portland’s Kingpin Car & Marine Audio, the subject of remote car starter range always comes up. Many clients don’t understand why range is so important, so here is some of the reasoning behind why you want great range in your remote start.
If you are like most clients, you may be thinking, “I am only going to start my vehicle from home.” While we agree that you will start from home, our experience also tells us that you are going to want to use it in many other places over the course of your week.
You Start Your Vehicle At Many More Places Than Just Your Home
Think about it this way: You go out to your remote-started vehicle for the first time and get in. You instantly notice how much you like the warmth. You drive to work – and your vehicle sits for hours. Do you want to go out to a cold vehicle at your lunch break or the end of the work day? Of course not! How about when you go to the movies, or church or the mall? Why would you ever want to get in a cold vehicle again if you have paid to have something warm it up for you?
The reality is you won’t. And the good news is that, when your vehicle sits for shorter lengths of time, you won’t need to run it as long to warm it up if you have a remote starter. When you are getting ready to check out at the store or finish up some other quick errand, remote-start your vehicle. When you go out to your vehicle five minutes later, you will be good to go!
We Offer Many Different Models Of Remote Car Starters
Now you’re thinking, “How much range do I really need? You guys sell lots of different models.” Great question. Kingpin Car & Marine Audio understands what affects range and will work with you to get the perfect system for your needs. We suggest to all of our clients that they think about all the places their vehicle will sit over the course of an average week, and then buy enough range to start it from those places.
Remote Car Starter Range Can Be Affected By Your Environment
You may see that even our entry-level system says it has 1,000 feet of range. Why would you ever need more than that? Another great question. While that range is real, it is tested outside, in a direct line of sight, with you outside as well. When you go into a building, though, especially a commercial building, you can lose lots of range. We have seen entry-level systems work fine from home but struggle in other places.
Here is why. Basic systems use AM radio technology. Then the systems go up to FM radio technology and finally to spread-spectrum FM technology. As you move up that ladder, these different technologies are less affected by power lines and interference from other electronics in a building. If you work in a hospital, school or major office complex, you will need a system with lots of range for that signal to make it out of the building to your vehicle.
Smartphone Based Remote Car Starters Offer Unlimited Range
If the need arises for remote car starter range that is truly incredible, we suggest our Drone system. It uses smartphone technology – as long as your phone has Internet access and our system can access the Internet where your vehicle is parked, you can start it from anywhere.
We invite you to contact Kingpin Car & Marine Audio today and set up a consultation appointment with one of our team members. We will take all the time needed to help you choose the best system for your needs. Let us show you why we are Oregon’s only retailer to have an Installer of the Year on staff and to have won Retailer of the Year from Mobile Electronics magazine.
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