Car owners that live in places with extreme weather know how terrible it can be to sit in a car surrounded by snow waiting for it to heat up or to sweat in a sauna waiting for your A/C to cool down. That is, of course, unless you use a remote push-start kit. In the simplest sense, a push-start kit allows you to turn your vehicle’s engine on remotely. With a push-start kit, you can warm or cool the interior of your car before even entering the vehicle.
While many newer cars come standard with some remote starting capability, most cars leave the factory without such a convenient feature. Luckily there are a plethora of amazing aftermarket push-starts kits that will fit nearly any vehicle. These kits provide everything you’ll need to remote start your car at the push of a button, and some even function as alarm systems. These systems let you lock or unlock your doors, open the trunk, and test your alarm.
1. Avital Remote Start System
This push-start kit is a keyless entry system the uses two transmitters and two dedicated AUX outputs. You’ll need a bypass module to install this kit properly. However, this push starter uses Virtual Tach, so there is no need to install a tach wire. Both remotes can be used to start the engine, unlock, lock, and open the trunk.
Choosing panic mode on your remote will sound your car’s alarm and flash the light. Valet mode leaves the security system unarmed with the remote transmitter. It is recommended that you hire a professional to install this remote start kit if you lack the necessary experience to install a bypass module.
2. Viper One-Way Remote Car Starter
One of the top entry-level remote start systems is the One-Way Remote Car Starter by Viper. This keyless entry and remote start kit is designed to work with diesel, hybrid, and fuel-injected cars equipped with an automatic transmission. The kit uses two four-button transmitters with a range of up to 1500 feet.
You’ll have no trouble arming or disarming your vehicle’s factory security alert system, locking or unlocking your doors, lowering or raising your windows, or opening the truck from a distance. With two auxiliary options, you can add two custom functions to your remote.
If 1500 feet isn’t enough range, you’ll be glad to know the remote start is compatible with the SmartStart Module, allowing you to use your smart device to turn your car on or off with no range limits.
3. Compustar Two-Way Remote Start and Alarm Bundle
Sporting a 3000-foot range limit, this kit is a Compustar two-way remote and alarm system. This bundle includes the CM600 control module, two-way LCD remote, siren, LED, and shock-sensor. You’ll receive audible and visual cues when sending commands such as locking, unlocking, starting, or turning off your car from a distance.
You can add hood, door, trunk, and impact sensors for increased security. Your LCD remote will alert you during a breach and let you know what is happening around your vehicle. The alarm has been rated at over 105dB.
4. Viper Responder LC3 Two-Way Remote Start and Alarm System
If you’re in the market for a car alarm, chances are you’ve heard of Viper. Viper is a well-known and reliable company. Their car alarms are iconic, and their remote start systems are top-of-the-line. The Responder LC3 Two-Way Remote Start and Alarm System combines the two things they do best into one high-value package. This kit comes with two remotes: a primary two-way remote with a large LCD and onboard lithium-ion rechargeable battery and a range of over one mile and a one-way long range remote.
Although this kit isn’t the most affordable option on the market, it comes with some unique features. This push-start kit lets you monitor and command the car, unlike anything you’ve seen before. Its priority user interface has 24 different functions controlled by five buttons. The text is clear and easy to read on a wide LCD screen.
By selecting Active Temp while in remote start mode, your LC3 will display the vehicle’s internal temperature. You’ll be able to see an accurate reading before getting into the car.
Other notable features included with the LC3 system are virtual tach, control center, onboard flex relays, light flash, remote start, D2D serial data port, smartstart, timer start, tempcheck, silent mode2, sirenless alarming modes, and runtime reset.
5. Easyguard Remote Starter Kit
Easyguard provides a comprehensive solution with its brand new EC002 push start system. Its features include PKE-passive keyless entry, multi-function alarm, push to start button, touch password entry backup, and remote vehicle start. Easyguard designed their remote starter to fit almost any vehicle on the road today. You can make any older vehicle feel like it’s entering the 21st century after installation.
Some cars will need a bypass module to use this kit, while diesel vehicles may use an additional timer delay switch. The passive keyless entry feature automatically unlocks your car door when the key is within six feet. The same feature locks your doors automatically as you move further away.
Each Easyguard remote starter kit comes with two three-button transmitters. These buttons are responsible for armed and panic mode, engine start and trunk release, and a disarm button. Each button has a bright LED indicator. Every transmitter comes with a spot to put an extra key blade. This kit is perfect for those looking for more than just a remote start fob.
6. Prestige Two-Way LCD Remote Start & Alarm
Prestige lives up to its name with this affordable two-way remote start and alarm kit. You’ll receive a two-way LCD confirmation transmitter and a one-way five-button transmitter. Prestige comes close to the top of the list for operational distance with up to one-mile range. Its features include automatic locking, automatic arming, illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, and multi-vehicle control.
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