What's the Difference

Not all remote car starters are created equal

Most people don't usually stop to think about the differences between products, they just compare the prices, and in so doing, miss out on the quality product and professional installation required in today’s sophisticated vehicles.

Below you can see 4 common types of Remote Car Starters, and even an untrained eye can see there is a big difference between them. Which starter do you think we’ll use in your vehicle?




If you picked the one on the far right, you are correct. We only use the most sophisticated brand available. We do not buy our remote starters based on price. We buy for quality, durability, and up to date electronic circuitry design. Our starters come with a lifetime warranty and we back up any remote starter warranty issue with free labor. We are able to replace any current model on the spot, with a new unit from our inventory. No sending it away for repair, no waiting for its return, and going without your remote starter while waiting for it to be reinstalled. No extra labor charges for doing your warranty work.

Click on one of the images above to see a better photo of the product, and to read more details about each one. Below is a picture of all 4 together so that you can get a visual idea of the differences. You don't need to know electronics to see there is a considerable difference from one to the other.




The Remote Starts

Common Auto Parts Store brand


These types of remote starters are mostly offered through your local consumer auto parts store and usually expect the buyer to install the unit themselves or find their own mechanic. All the car dealerships we know will not allow their mechanics to install after market equipment. Most private mechanics don’t have the necessary technical support to work with today’s sophisticated computer controlled vehicles with the modern anti theft systems your car comes with. If your mechanic does not install electronics on a day to day basis you may be putting your vehicle at risk.

Notice the circuitry. Old technology capacitors and manual tuning coils were used to save money. Only 2 relays are mounted on the circuit board to connect into the vehicles wiring. Today’s vehicles commonly require 7-9 relays to interface a remote starter properly.

These units come with a very limited warranty, usually one year. If there is a problem with the unit you are required to remove the unit at your own expense and send it for repair. The labor for removal and reinstalling is not covered under the warranty and the cost for your mechanics labor comes out of your pocket. Do you want to be without your remote starter during the coldest time of the year while you are waiting for repair?


Department or Club Store Starter


This is the most frequently found remote starter at department stores, and wholesale clubs. As with the above unit you have to provide your own installation.

With the cost of vehicle computers from $600 and up, and in most modern cars, there is more then one, its not the wisest idea to self install anything anymore. Not to mention, most cars have security chips placed into the ignition keys for anti theft measures, which means that you need special additional bypass modules to work around this system so your car will start. You have to special order these parts from the manufacture because the stores do not carry these in inventory. These security modules are vehicle specific and you need the correct one for the vehicle type and year you are working on. For our remote starter units, we stock over 40 different types to be able to properly service your installation.

Notice this unit has only one relay on the circuit board. (The relay is the black box on the corner of the circuit board.) As we mentioned earlier many of today’s modern vehicles require 7 to 9 relays to properly trigger the vehicles electrical features and security system. When you have to add separate “off circuit board” relays and fuse holders you create a rats nest of wiring and a trouble shooting nightmare should something go wrong. The more add on connections, the more chance for a failure. If you take your car to your local dealership for service they may refuse to work on it until it is cleared up or removed. Our installers take extra time at the time of install to make sure all wiring is neat, trimmed to proper length, and out of the way so that normal service at your local dealership is never a problem. Check out how many relays our starter has mounted to the circuit board in the picture further down on this page.


Another Common Starter


This unit is used by some dealers that install their own starters. As you can clearly see it does not have the same sophistication in design or circuit board relays required by today’s modern vehicles with factory security. It has only 4 relays compared to our standard unit that has 8.

(See our note above on why you want everything built in for a clean neat install.)

The integrated circuit chips are old technology style compared to the new high speed micro processors being used for the last 5 years or so. The main IC chip is a plug in chip versus newer soldered in chips (Soldered in chips have more reliability and are less prone to failure due to no contact arching.) Plug in chips were common years ago when ICs were less reliable. It made them easier to replace. This unit still uses “can type” capacitors versus the newer more reliable SMT capacitors.

Do you want your remote starter built with old technology, built for easy service when it breaks, or our starter built with state of the art components so that it doesn’t break?

Yes, these components do cost less, it makes the unit sell for less, but you get less. Do you want a product built to cost less or one for quality and reliability.


Our Remote Starter


As you can see from the pictures above there is a BIG difference with the workmanship. Our circuit boards are built with the most modern and up to date computer components available today. They come with a (CPS), connection protection system, on ALL our connection points, offering total protection to your vehicles computer system, and overall electrical system. The circuit board is a multi-layer 5 level board. Our units come with 8 heavy duty programmable relays mounted directly to the circuit board. This means your install under the dash will be clean and neat. No relays and messy wiring hanging all over the place. You don’t want to take you car into your dealership and have the mechanic look under your dash and refuse to work on your car because he can’t get to the controls he needs to reach without first dealing with a rats nest of wiring and extra relays hanging in his way. Our key chain remote push button controllers are virtually waterproof. No one else makes a remote controller as rugged as these.


Our manufacturer has the most advanced technical support team in the market. They perform their own research and development and perform their own installs on each vehicle before data is released to their dealers. They do not guess or rely on unproven data from outside sources. Stop in and ask a sales person to show you how our computer system can access thousands of car installation data in seconds. You’ll be amazed.


We have been installing remote starters for over 22 years. We install all units on site in our (4) state of the art install bays. Our installers are factory trained and receive update training every year. They are supported by up to the minute computer technical support linked directly to the service bays. We do not hire outside installers as some dealers do, as they do not carry property or liability insurance. The installers working on your car are our employees, not independents, and are backed by the company.


If you want the best in equipment and the best install of your equipment, backed by the best warranty in the business, then the choice is RADIO Communications. Since 1976



Why Have Us Install

Warranty Safety

We employee full time installers year round, on duty 6 days a week. We are certified to install Remote Starters, our installs take more time, and we pride ourselves on the quality of our work. We have been installing remote starters for over 22 years. We have installed thousands of starters in various types of vehicles and use the finest remote starter system made. You won’t find cheap, low line equipment here. We do not buy for price, we buy for quality and longevity. After we install your starter we want to see you come back in the door to purchase another product, not because your system is giving you trouble and you need service. When you system fails it cost you time and inconvenience and cost us time and money as we will fix your starter as per its lifetime warranty for no charge.

When you’re happy, we’re happy. Naturally, we don’t like to work for free so we pick a reliable product and get the install done right the first time. We service what we sell and our installers are our employees not outside contractors. We do not use outside installers as they are not insured to work on your car.

We will do the extra work needed now, so that it won't cost you more down the road. One of the easiest ways that a remote starter can void a vehicles warranty is by being installed either improperly or hastily. We take the time to place the wiring used in a nice and neat fashion, so that it looks as good or better then when it came from the factory. Our installs are warranted for as long as you own your vehicle.



Questions and Answers

What about...?

Question: Can I still have a remote starter installed if my vehicle already has a keyless entry, anti-theft or alarm system?

Answer: Yes, and in some cases of our systems, we can actually interface the remote starter with the other, already existing systems. Many of today’s vehicle OEM anti-theft or alarm systems can be interfaced with using one of our OM or IM accessory modules to allow the remote starter to work without compromising the vehicle's security systems. Each unit we install is installed parallel with your existing systems, so that they can work together, or individually. We do not disconnect the factory security system to make the install easier as some independent installers do.

Question: Can my vehicle be stolen once it is started using the remote starter?

Answer: No. Our starters all have safety and anti-theft protection built right into each unit. Other protection features included with our model are:

  • If the hood of the vehicle is released, the starter will stop the engine.
  • If the brake is pushed, (which is needed in most vehicle to shift gears), the starter will stop the engine.
  • If the engine is revved over 3,000 RPM's, the starter will stop the engine.

Question: My vehicle is still under warranty. Will installing a remote engine starter void my vehicle’s original manufacturer’s warranty?

Answer: In short, No. However, if the added device is of questionable quality, or is installed improperly, warranty issues can be brought into play. Your best choice here is to always have any remote starter system installed by a professional dealer..

Under the Federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of the United States Code Annotated Title 15 Commerce and Trade Chapter 50 Consumer Product Warranties Section 2302(c), and the general principles of the Federal Trade Commission Act, a vehicle manufacturer or dealer may not make its vehicle warranty conditional on the use of any after market system unless the manufacturer provides the system free of charge or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has given the warrantor a waiver for this section of the law or specifically published that only the vehicle manufacturer’s product may be used. In laymen terms, this means that NO vehicle manufacturer or dealer may make conditional its warranty because you installed an aftermarket product on the vehicle. The Federal Trade Commission (202-326-3128) administers the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act and monitors compliance with warranty law. The Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act is viable in all States regardless, however some states may have additional consumer protect laws, please consult you local consumer protect offices for more details.

Question: If I put a remote starter in my vehicle can it be stolen while it is running?

Answer: As long as the key has been removed remote starters have safety and theft prevention built in. Anyone entering the vehicle must insert the ignition key into the switch and turn the ignition to on position, or the engine shuts off as soon as they touch the brake or if the engine revs over 3,000 RPM. Without the key in the ignition most cars will not shift into gear and the steering wheel will not turn.

Question: Can I have a remote starter installed in my vehicle even if my vehicle has an OEM anti-theft or alarm system?

Answer: Yes, many of today’s vehicle OEM anti-theft or alarm systems can be interfaced with using one of our OM or IM accessory modules to allow the remote starter to work without compromising the vehicle's security systems.

Question: Are remote starters safe?

Answer: Yes, our remote starter systems have many safety features built into them to insure consumer safety. All of our systems will shut down the engine if the hood is opened, the brake pedal is pushed, the engine over-revs or after a selected run time is reached (ex: 2, 4, 8 or 18 minutes). Our systems are also installed with a master ON/OFF switch that will disable the remote starter when the vehicle needs to be serviced.

Question: Can I have a remote starter system installed in my vehicle?

Answer: Yes, our remote starter systems are designed to universally interface with most vehicles that employ a 12-volt electrical system, including cars, trucks and SUVs. All remote start systems are designed to work with automatic transmission vehicles employing gas, diesel and hybrid engines, from standard to luxury models vehicles, domestic to import vehicles.



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