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Cold Weather Heats Up Remote Starter Business

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It takes a strong battery in your vehicle to start up in these extreme cold temperatures.

One shop is backed up with orders to install something else.

A feature that's nearly become a necessity in North Dakota.

Inside the shop at Eggers Audio and Video, workers are booked for the next three weeks installing remote starters.

"It's been crazy, when the temperature drops, the phone just rings off the hook, schedule fills up pretty quickly." says Rolf Eggers, Eggers Audio and Video Owner.

The majority of their customers have had a remote starter already, but with technological advances they want more top of the line starters.

"They're going with the longer range ones and the ones telling you if you were successful starting or not those are the big ones." says Eggers.

"They think it's absolutely amazing, especially customers that have had remote starts before but not the two way ones, because you don't know, if you're in a building you don't know if it started or not, now you know." says Tom Tysver, General Manager.

Top of the line starters can reach up to a mile away.

If you invest in a Smart Start app, you can start your car from even farther away.

"My friend started it in Texas and it was in Mandan." says Tysver.

Your vehicle will run as long as it's set for.

A standard time is usually around 20 minutes.

It can however be a costly convenience in more ways than one.

"It does affect your mileage, I probably go lose four, five miles per gallon, which who cares, I'm warm when I get in the car." says Tysver.

But for many drivers, you can't put a price on the warm feeling it brings.

"In this kind of weather the cars are so cold and so miserable, this is the way to make winter a little bit more bearable." says Eggers.

It can take anywhere from five hours to two days to get a remote starter installed.

It just depends on what kind of vehicle you have.

Prices can range from three hundred to 500 dollars.

Another trend--Customers who get remote starters installed as a Christmas gift for someone else.

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