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I Got $99 Dollars and 99 Problems and, ahem, a Girl ain’t One- Remote Start Edition

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This is not the Mercedes, Mini or BMW unit, but it looks similar. No pic of it yet. But black boxes aren’t typically sexy anyway- as long as it does the job!

You have seen the posters at mobile electronics dealers.  Remote start- only $99!  There are three ways of achieving this:  1) You happen to own a 1994 Honda Accord LX that runs perfectly.  2) You are going to have to pay more to include the cost of a add-on module to let the remote start communicate with your factory electronics. 3) You don’t add more money and are going to wind up with a butchered electrical system.

Don’t feel like you are getting duped.  Even Best Buy plays this game as a way to get customers into the front door.

BUT, if you are going to purchase a remote start, look for ones that need the least amount of tampering with the factory electronics system.  That way, there is less room for failure now, and years down the road.  A good MECP-certified installation technician www.mecp.org will steer you toward the best solution for your vehicle.  One exciting new solution that will open up the doors for BMW, Mini, and Mercedes owners is from OMEGA.  According to OMEGA: “Omega Research and Development Technologies, Inc. announced today the introduction of their latest OmegLink ‘OL-RS’ plug-n-play remote start kits for select BMW, Mini, and Mercedes Benz vehicles. The company is now taking pre-orders and will start shipping the systems in March.  These kits will allow installers to integrate to the vehicles factory data bus system, adding the convenience of remote start while maintaining the high level of security that is already in place. No longer will the customer need to pay for additional key fobs from the dealer, or sacrifice an existing key.”

Mike Thompson, Product Development Manager, Omega Research and Development, states:  “The new line of “OL-RS” kits will not only allow you to add remote start to these cars; it will do it using plug-in T-harnesses that require no cutting of factory wires.”  He continues “BMW and Mercedes owners tend to desire all the luxuries available. With these systems, we can offer the luxury of remote start and smart phone control with the peace of mind that the system will not affect the vehicle’s integrity.”  Check out www.caralarm.com

 

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