Avoid the Pitfalls of a Do-It-Yourself Remote Start Installation
Posted on Dec 17, 2018
Tempting, isn't it? You can find a sweet deal online for a great remote start and alarm system for your vehicle. The only hurdle is to find the right online video instruction so you can DIY the system into your car or truck. Easy peasy, right? Well, let's not be quite so hasty.
- Even a decent mechanic runs into concerns when installing something into the vehicle that has never been there before. These safety concerns should be foremost in your mind if you are considering a do-it-yourself installation:All of your vehicle's components should be inspected and tested BEFORE beginning the installation. Otherwise, if something isn't working properly afterward, it may be difficult to know whether the fault lies with the new remote start system.
- Be very familiar with, if not an expert on, your vehicle's electrical system. Why is that important? Tapping into the wrong circuit with your installation could not only mean your new system fails, but it might also cause damage to original electrical components. The worst of these would be damaging your vehicle's electronic control module, which can happen. Nobody wants to press a button on the remote only to see the airbags deploy. The accidental damage caused by mistake in the installation could far outweigh the cost of a professional installation.
- Be aware of the terms of your manufacturer's warranty and whether you run a risk of voiding it. Also be mindful that your DIY installation won't carry a warranty because you are basically warranting it yourself. If something isn't done properly, who will you have resolve the issues?
So, obviously, there are significant safety concerns with buying a remote start system online and attempting the install yourself. The process involves several technical steps, and there are opportunities for compromising your car’s systems. When you come to Valley Truck Outfitters for your installation, your safety and your vehicle’s integrity are of primary concern. Keep in mind, also, that you should have the system installed at the same place where you buy it to ensure that the installer is familiar with your system.
Going with a specialty shop like Valley Truck Outfitters will assure you of getting a competent and experienced installer for a safe and reliable installation. You also avoid the pitfalls of a cheap, knock-off brand that will fail you. There are lots of cheaper knockoff remote start units available on the internet, none are of the quality, or have the warranty of a Code Alarm. Valley Truck Outfitters only sells Code Alarm brand remote starts and has been an exclusive Code Alarm dealer/installer for over 15 years. Do-it-yourself installation is a great way to go with some things, but installing a remote start system may be better left to trained professionals. Our lead installer has over 20 years experience in automotive installations! Let Valley Truck Outfitters get it going for you.