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I want to buy my daughter a remote starter. Some are moderately priced ($60-70) and are install-it-yourself. Are there brands to avoid? To look for? Self-install a good idea (I do know my way around the car) Can

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Dear E Carey, Please do yourself a BIG favor and let a professional install the remote starter in your daughter

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA E. Carey, There are a number of remote starter kits that have product reviews on their websites. Look into the type you are wanting to purchase and see if there are certain features on other models you might like more. Most remote starters have a wiring kit that has to be used so if you are not electrically savvy , you may need a technician to do this. Remember, you get what you pay for, so the cheaper ones may not have a warranty or cheap and difficult directions to follow. Usually you can find good quality remote starter kits with technical assistance available by phone. A.J. Pierce

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear E, I would recommend that you have a technician install this. If there are ever problems down the road you have someone to go back to to have it fixed. The other issue is a warranty. You may get a better deal if it is installed by a professional. Also know that I have heard stories about people installing it incorrectly on manual vehicles and when it started it drove into the vehicle in front of it. Somehow they over-road the neutral safety on the clutch. This can be dangerous and costly. Lori Johnson

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