Gone are the days of hopping in your car and hoping it cools down or warms up quickly! Today, remote car starters have transformed into sophisticated systems that offer convenience, security, and even a touch of luxury—without the major cost.
Read on to discover the different elements of remote car starters you should consider when choosing which one to install.
One-Way vs. Two-Way Signaling
Both one-way and two-way remote car starters allow the driver to start their car from a distance. Where they vary is in how they send or receive signals to and from your vehicle.
As the name suggests, one-way car starters can only send signals in one direction. In this case, that signal goes from your fob to the car to start the engine remotely. These fobs and car starters are unable to receive a signal from the car itself; they can only send it.
In contrast, the two-way car starter can both send and receive signals to and from your vehicle. This means that when you initiate the remote start command, the system communicates back to the remote, confirming that the action has been executed. This additional communication adds an extra layer of assurance, allowing drivers to have peace of mind knowing their command was received.
An important feature to consider when deciding on a car starter system is its range—or the distance over which you can remotely start your engine and/or receive feedback from your vehicle.
Each remote starter has its own range, regardless of whether it’s one- or two-way. They can typically reach between 100 to 3000 feet, depending on the particular starter. This range directly affects the convenience and practicality of remote control, so it’s crucial to always keep it in mind when looking at remote car starters.
Traditionally, remote car starters will come in the form of a car fob that you can keep on your keyring along with your car key. However, different starters can have different capabilities built into these fobs.
For example, some remote starters like the Bolt 1 and Bolt 2 only have one button that remotely starts the engine. Others, such as the Flex 1 and Flex 2 can have up to four buttons, allowing you to lock, unlock, open the trunk, and start your car remotely.
Some two-way starter fobs, like the Edge 2X, also include a screen that displays messages from your vehicle—such as confirmation that your engine has started or an alert regarding a security issue.
When considering which type of car starter to opt for, it's essential to understand everything you want it to be able to do. Are you looking for basic remote start functionality, or do you value the added communication, range, and features? Regardless of your choice, you’ll be left with not only enhanced convenience but also improved vehicle security and user experience.
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