Shane and I briefly looked into getting a remote car starter as a Christmas gift to ourselves this year. It’s cold and we now have two little kids, so having a warmed-up car before getting in sounded like a great idea.
He checked some rates online, and it looked like it would be around $150 or so installed. But when he actually called places, the rate was much higher. I guess we have some sort of security device that they’d have to work around, and that takes more time.
There are models that you can install yourself, but 1. we don’t know what we’re doing 2. we could easily screw up our car and 3. we’d have to install it in the freezing cold. Pfft.
It got to the point where I questioned if it would actually be worth it. It would primarily be me who got the most benefit, since I do most of the driving (Shane takes public transit to work and walks or catches a ride to the train stop).
Plus, if the car is running for awhile, it still isn’t that warm inside. The car doesn’t really get warm until we’ve been driving for a few minutes.
I don’t plan on taking both kids out in public by myself too frequently in these cold, germy early days. So that would make the cost-per-use pretty high.
The other factor in me hesitating — we ideally will live in a place with a garage by next winter. In theory. Maybe.
So for now, I guess we’ll save our few hundred bucks and I’ll plan my outings around the warmer days of the week. I could also run out and start the car and run back in, assuming I can trust Johnny not to do anything to his baby sister. He’s gentle and loves her very much…but yeah. He’s only 2 and a lot of crazyness can happen in a minute, so I’d better not do that.
Oh well. I really, really don’t like winter.