An automatic car starter, or remote ignition system, works by sending a unique radio signal to a receiving device that's installed in your car. The signal is sent at the push of a button, normally by a device that you can keep right on your key chain. The receiver activates a special switch that engages your car's ignition without you having to actually insert the key and turn it. In vehicles with a manual transmission, the remote ignition system receiver includes an electronic override that allows your car's engine to turn over without you having to press down on the clutch.
Each automatic car starter boasts its own encrypted frequency so that other people's remote systems can't accidentally start your vehicle. Some premium models even include timers which let you set certain times you want your car to start. This can be incredibly helpful for those who wish to heat up or cool down their car before leaving for work.
Installing an automatic car starter
Almost every modern motor vehicle can be equipped with an automatic car starter. In most circumstances, it's best to get your ignition system installed by an experienced professional, but it's also possible to complete the installation at home. If you plan on installing your new starter at home, you'll simply need to purchase a kit from an auto parts dealer near you and follow the instructions meticulously. At the minimum you'll need a volt-meter, a complete wrench set, and a soldering iron to get your starter installed correctly. If you opt for a professional installation, all you need to do is contact your local mechanic, who should be able to install it for a reasonable fee.