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Remote Start Systems

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

Remote Start FAQ's:

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?
A. 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?
A. 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?
A. YES!  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. 
Q. My key has a chip in it.  Can you install a Remote Start?
A. YES!  We have the proper bypass module for almost all vehicles. These bypass modules are only activated when you remote start your vehicle. So, when you vehicle is sitting in a parking lot, the factory anti-theft system is still fully functional. Caution .. Many shops will bypass the factory anti-theft system all together to save a little work!

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?
A. The run time is programmable. Please speak to your salesperson for more details.
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.

I had GNC Customs install a remote starter on my girlfriend's 2012 Ford Escape. She lives in Fort Wayne, so they were able to get us in on Saturday while she was visiting me in Goshen. The vehicle had some quirks with the security system that blocked them from completing the installation of the Python unit and bypass module. They coordinated with the dealership to get the problem fixed to allow the remote starter to be operational. They also got us in touch with a local Fort Wayne installer to finish the programming (free of charge) after the security issue was fixed by the Fort Wayne Ford Dealership -- saving my girlfriend from having to drive back to Goshen. Josh and his technician, Andrew, did a great job despite having multiple curveballs thrown at them. I highly suggest having your installations done at GNC Customs.

Posted By: Rob Morren

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