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Dealer Automotive Services, Inc.

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Hopkins, MN 55343

Summer & Remote Starts

We met with a vendor this week that turned out to also be a customer.  (I love it when that happens!)  We had installed a remote starter for him back in 2008.  He loves his remote starter and says it has always worked great.  In fact, he mentioned that he almost loves the remote starter more in the summer than the winter (he did stress almost). 

He spends most of his time driving from customer to customer and is constantly in and out of his car.  He has leather seats in his car and a dark interior.  Needless to say, his interior gets beastly hot in the summer.  To beat the heat he remote starts his car before getting in.  He never sits on a hot seat and he’s always comfortable greeting customers. 

That’s the beauty of remote starters.  They’re great year-round.

Let’s hope summer actually gets here!

Busy Year

The winter of 2013/2014 will go down as one of the coldest on record in the state of Minnesota.  The cold and snow certainly made it difficult to get out and about.  But having a remote car starter definitely helped ease the effects of the cold.  Many customers commented that they felt better able to cope with the cold once their remote starter was installed.  We’re glad to help!

Our vendors are slowly catching up on releasing back ordered parts and our technicians are enjoying some much needed rest.  Thanks to all for a great remote start season!

New Applications

Changes happen often in the automotive industry.  New cars are created and old cars are updated.  Each vehicle change has a ripple affect within the industry and the aftermarket industry is constantly evolving to keep up with the manufacturers.  We are already seeing many of the model year 2014 vehicles and have installed remote starts on them.  Just recently the following vehicles were added to our list of remote start capable vehicles:

2014 Kia Optima w/ push start

2014 Kia Soul w/ push start

2014 Toyota Corolla w/ push start

2014 Nissan Sentra w/ push start

Changes happen quickly in our industry.  We are here to make sure you are aware of them.

Remote Start w/ factory remote

Modern conveniences on new cars are constantly evolving.  We used to get excited when we got a remote control to lock and unlock our cars.  Then we got tired of carrying the remote in our pocket or purse.  Now some of the factory keyless entry functions are attached right to the head of the key so there is no seperate remote.  Just a bulky key.  Then along comes DAS and we add a remote start to the vehicle and you end up carrying both the bulky key and a seperate remote to start and stop your car.  The good news is that remote start technology constantly evolves too.

In select vehicles, we can now offer remote starter systems that utilize your factory remote to start and stop the car.  No need for a seperate remote.  We simply install a vehicle specific T-harness that is designed to communicate with the factory remote.  While these units are convenient, they do have their limitations.  The biggest draw back is that your starting range is limited to the range on the factory remote.  This can be circumvented by also adding Smart Phone integration with your remote start allowing you to start your vehicle from virtually anywhere.  A solution for every problem!

As I said, technology is constantly evolving.  We’re here to show you the endless possiblities.

Remote Start Season

The remote start season has been tremendous this year.  Not just here in Minnesota, but all over the country.  The extended periods of cold weather and snow have sparked massive interest in remote car starters.  That’s great news for our industry but it’s also problematic.  Some suppliers are running out of inventory and installers are working night and day trying to fulfill demand.  It’s a great problem to have if you’re an installer but frustrating if you’re a customer and your remote start appointment is scheduled 3 to 4 weeks out. 

If you’re one of the customers we’ve been able to help in recent weeks we thank you for your business!  If you’re one of our customers still waiting to get in, we thank you for your patience!  We are working hard to fulfill your needs and will process orders as quickly as possible.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

Smart Phone Remote Start Update

Do you remember when you got your first vehicle with keyless entry?  Having a remote to unlock the doors was awesome!  No more fumbling with the key and dealing with frozen locks in the winter.  Just push a button and you’re instantly in your vehicle.  Push another button and the trunk pops open.  Wow!  It was so great you thought you’d never want to be without that remote.  My how times have changed.  That remote is no longer a big deal and in fact is becoming obsolete.

Customers are now realizing the benefit of using their SmartPhones to lock and unlock their doors as well as to remote start their cars.  Demand for the units has gone up enough that prices have been driven down.  In fact, you can now purchase a stand alone, Smart Phone controlled remote start for under $500 and annual fees for the service are just $49.99/year after the first year.  Plus our systems are now using the Verizon Wireless network of cell towers so the coverage area is even greater.  Technology has come a long way.

Good-bye old remote!

2013-2014 Remote Start Season

Summer is gone and winter is fast approaching.  Unfortunately for us, we’ve been thinking about winter since the beginning of August and our warm September days made it hard to get in the mood.

This is the time of year when we check out all the new products available from our vendors and find out what’s new and improved from last year.  The item we are most excited about this season is the new 1-Button, 2-way remote start system from Compustar.  Finally, the manufacturer has listened to our advice!

This product is great for drivers that have keyless entry in the head of their key or who have proximity sensors for locking and unlocking their doors.  With the Compustar remote start they get 2-way confirmation with a compact, LED remote along with up to 2,000 feet of range.  At a price of just $359.50 installed it’s sure to be a big hit this winter.

All of the products on our website have been updated and you’ll be happy to see a slight price decrease in many units.  We have something for everyone and a wide range of prices and units to choose from.

Now we just need some snow.  Happy winter everyone!

Which Unit do you need?

The number 1 question we get from customers is “Which unit should I get for my car?”.  This seems like a simple question but the reality is it’s not.  In order to determine which unit is best for you, we start by asking our own questions.

What kind of car do you have?  Does the car come with a key or is it a push button start?  Is it a manual transmission or automatic?  How much range do you think you need?  Is 2-way communication important to you?

Once these questions are answered, we will steer the customer towards the unit that best fits their needs.  Often times customers are surprised that the unit we recommend is not necessarily the most expensive unit we carry.  We pride ourselves on listening to the needs of the customer and fulfilling those needs in the most economical way possible.

For instance, if you have keyless entry in the head of your key there’s no reason for you to buy a remote starter that also does keyless entry.  Why carry a large remote when you’re already carrying an oversize key?  However, if 2-way communication is important to you then a remote start with keyless entry does make sense. 

By listening to the needs of the customer we can narrow down the choices and recommend the best unit for each application.  Let’s face it, customer service is what it’s all about.

Remote Start Range

Customers will often tell me that range doesn’t matter to them when picking a remote start.  Their car is right outside their home or office when they want it to start so no need for excessive range.  The problem is they are not always at work or home when they want to start the car.  Perhaps they’re at the grocery store or mall.  At that point anything between them and the car will interfere with the actual range of the remote start system.  Even something like a parking ramp can diminish the range of a remote starter.

When deciding on a remote start unit we always recommend that the customer determine how much range they think they will actually need.  Then we tell them to DOUBLE that number and pick a unit.  The price difference for getting additional range is negligible and the benefits are significant.  In this case more really is more.

Headrest Tablet DVD

I recently invested in a new iPad mini and have been impressed with how convenient a tablet is for a variety of uses.  Internet browsing, communication and entertainment are all packaged in a small hand held device.  Amazing! 

One of our manufacturers, Vizualogic, has now come out with a headrest DVD system that uses tablets as the display screens.  The tablets are docked in the headrest of your seats and are designed to replace your original manufacturer headrests.  In addition, the headrests are wired to charge the tablets and provide external USB ports.  They have built in Wi-Fi capability and the tablet can be removed from the dock for up to 5 hours of external use.   The tablets use the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.  You can enjoy games, music, movies and web browsing while on the go.  Camping and road trips have never been so easy.

We’re hoping the rain will stop some time soon so we can get out and enjoy some camping and summertime fun.  Come on sun!