Are Auto-Starts Worthwhile in Colder Temps

An auto-start, or remote start, on your car allows you to start your vehicle with the touch of a button while you’re up to 500 feet away (with some higher end models boasting an even further range). An auto-start can be handy to start your car while you’re still in your home or office so that it has a chance to warm up before you’re ready to drive, without actually having to go outside in the cold to start it. So should you get an auto-start installed in your car? Let’s take a look at whether remote starts are worthwhile in colder temps.


Most standard remote starts cost anywhere from $50 to $200. This low cost makes them very appealing to car owners with all types of budgets. It’s important to keep in mind that this price does not include installation, which could run you up to a couple of hundred dollars more, depending on the make and model of your vehicle.

Not Meant for Long Periods

The purpose of your remote start is to allow your car to run for 10-15 minutes to warm up until you’re able to drive it. It shouldn’t be used for long periods, like while you’re grocery shopping or running errands. Having your car idle for a long time is bad for the engine as well as the environment.

Winter Storms

The best time to own an auto-start on your vehicle is during a winter storm. Being able to allow your car to warm up and defrost either while you’re out or at home, is the best way to prevent ice and snow from building up. Cold frigid mornings after a blizzard are a lot easier if you’re able to let your car run while in the warmth of your home getting ready for work.

So is an auto-start worthwhile in colder temps? Most likely if it’s within your budget. If you have any questions about adding a remote start to your car, ask the experts at Quality Lube Plus for their input.