Remote car starters are fairly complex products that require professional installation. In layman’s terms, a standard remote start system includes two primary components:
- A remote capable of sending commands
- A control module, or “brain”, which is installed inside of the vehicle.
The remote transmitters used with remote car starters are not all that different from the other remotes we use in everyday life (e.g. garage door, TV). However, remote start makers have developed advanced technology to allow people to send commands from up to 3 miles away or from their smartphones.
The control module aspect of the system is where there is some variance depending on the type of vehicle you own. When you send a “remote start” command from the remote transmitter, the control module receives the command and then “mimics” your vehicle’s factory key signal to safely start your vehicle’s engines and its internal electronics (e.g. air conditioning, heated seats).