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Remote Start Categories

Different Remote Start Categories

Remote car starters come as many remote variations, some with multiple functions and features, but all remote starts fall within 1 of 3 categories; 1-Way, 2-Way, and SmartPhone Control.

Below, we’ll explain the difference and benefits of the remote start categories so you can easily choose with option is best for you.


1-way refers to communication that only goes one way from the remote transmitter to your vehicle. This means you can send commands from the remote one way, but you won’t receive any confirmation commands or communication back on the remote.

Lots of entry level remote starts are 1-way systems and work from around 1500 – 3000 feet away from the vehicle. You’ll know your vehicle has received the command to start because the lights will flash to alert you. These systems work best if you plan on using your remote starter close by the vehicle or when the vehicle is within sight, so you’ll know if it remote started or not.


2-way also refers to the communication between the remote and your vehicle, but this option goes both ways. It’s called 2-way because the remote communicates with the vehicle and the vehicle communicates back.

The primary advantage of a 2-way system is you’ll always know if the command you sent to start the vehicle was received or not. You might wonder why that’s important but imagine thinking you’ve started your car on a snowy day only to find out 20 minutes later that it didn’t start. (uh oh!)

2-way remote start systems are ideal for those who’s vehicles are not always within sight. If you can’t see the lights on your vehicle flash to confirm it’s been started, then the alert on the remote will confirm it. This is especially handy if you park in a parking garage, or if your vehicle is parked in the back of the grocery store lot, and not right where you can always see it.

SmartPhone Control

Forget only 1 or 2 ways of communication, get full connectivity to your vehicle through your smartphone with DroneMobile. Drone adds LTE connectivity to your vehicle, giving you fast and reliable access from an app on your phone. It’s a universal remote start solution that can be added to over 95% of vehicles on the road.

  • Control Your Car – Lock, Unlock, and remote start your car all through the user-friendly app.
  • Track Your Car – Monitor your car’s location, speed and status.
  • Check Your Car – Do everything from check your door locks to set a maintenance reminder for your car’s next service.
  • Secure Your Car – Anytime your alarm is triggered, you’ll receive a push notification, even if your car’s parked across town.
  • Unlimited Range – Use your app to access your vehicle from virtually anywhere, as long as you have cell phone service.

Which Remote Start Category is Best For You?

Need help choosing which remote start category is right for you? We can help! Stop by one of our stores today and we can walk you through all the options so you can choose which remote start system will fit your needs and your car.

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    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Better Sound Without Replacing Factory Radio

Upgrade Your Sound Without Replacing Your Factory Radio

Better Sound Without Replacing Factory Radio

Maybe you love your factory radio, it’s got everything you could want, you know how to use it, and you just don’t want to give it up. Or maybe your vehicle’s dash design makes it impossible or hard to fit an aftermarket radio. That’s ok sometimes, you don’t always have to replace your factory radio to get improved sound.

Let us help you get better sound quality out of your OEM system, without replacing your factory radio with some of the options below.

Replace Your Speakers

Better Sound Without Replacing Factory RadioOne of the first things you can do is replace the factory speakers in your vehicle with aftermarket ones. Factory speakers are mediocre at best and is typically where a factory system suffers most. Upgraded speakers provide better sound quality, smoother frequency response, extended bandwidth, and increased power handling and volume. Plus, they’re built with higher quality materials which means they’ll last longer, giving you a better product for your money.

Add An Amplifier

Another step you can take is adding an amplifier to your factory system. If your factory system came with an amp, it was meant to power your factory speakers, not the new aftermarket ones you just added. You typically won’t want to add an aftermarket amp to factory speakers though, since factory speakers generally can’t handle the higher wattage they’d get from an aftermarket amp.

Adding an aftermarket amp can provide better sound quality and increased volume with higher wattage ratings to properly power your speakers and provides a cleaner output signal to your new speakers.

Add A Subwoofer

Better Sound Without Replacing Factory RadioAn aftermarket subwoofer produces much lower frequencies than any speaker in your vehicle can reproduce. The addition of these lower frequencies can really round out the sound you’re getting from your ride. A quality subwoofer will also add depth and realism to your music that your factory system was just missing.

CarPlay Interfaces

Factory radio didn’t come with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and you can’t replace the radio? Your best option might be adding an interface that integrates the latest technology to your factory system. This allows you to use select smartphone features directly from your vehicle’s controls.

Sound Processor & Tuning

Better Sound Without Replacing Factory RadioIn our opinion, this is the most essential addition in upgrading your factory sound. Digital signal processors (DSP) allow us to get you the best sound that your vehicle can produce. With a DSP we’re able to manipulate the signal, adjust equalization, assign certain frequencies to certain speakers through crossovers, adjust time alignment or delay – so that your music sounds centered even when you’re not sitting centered. With a DSP we’ll be able to overcome various factory acoustic flaws and tailor the sound to your liking. Adding a DSP is basically the equivalent of changing your radio without actually changing your radio and gives you way more control over the sound than before.

Next Steps

Don’t know where to start? We can help! Stop by one of our stores with your vehicle, we’ll take a listen to your current set up and discuss options on improving your sound while maintaining your factory radio. We can walk you through the options that will meet your needs and your budget so you can feel confident you’re getting the best solution for you.

Life with a factory radio doesn’t have to sound bad, we can help you find options to add performance and functionality to your system. So, if you’re forced to keep your factory radio or simply don’t want to get rid of it, there are options out there for you!

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    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.

Upgrading Your Interior with Katzkin Leather

Upgrading Your Interior with Katzkin Leather

Imagine your car with a luxurious, premium leather interior. Maybe you’ve wanted a custom car interior but thought it was really expensive at the dealership. Or you didn’t know that you could easily upgrade your cloth seats to leather on the car you have now. Whatever your dream, we can deliver it, adding luxury, comfort and style to your vehicle at an affordable price.

We use Katzkin brand leather interiors; the nation’s premier manufacturer of custom leather seats. Offering more custom options than any other manufacturer with 3,000 interiors, available in 120 colors and materials, the choices are virtually limitless.

How it Works

Katzkin is more than just regular leather car seat covers. These are cloth replacement leather interiors that will completely transform the look and feel of your entire vehicle. Slip on seat covers simply slip over your current seat, resulting in a loose or wrinkled look. We remove the cloth (or old leather) from your front and rear seats and replace it with your new Katzkin interior, this can include the door panels and center console covering. As a general rule: if it has cloth on it, we can replace it!

Design with the Interior Selector

Using the Interior Selector on our website allows you to see what all the styles would look like on your seats, in your ride. Explore different color combinations, stitching, and styles until you find the one that’s just right for you.

How to Use

  1. Visit our website HERE and click the Orange START HERE button near the bottom of the page to use the interior selector. (Or follow the START HERE button below)
  2. Select your vehicle’s year from the dropdown menu.
  3. Select your vehicle’s make from the dropdown menu.
  4. Select your vehicle’s trim level from the dropdown menu.
  5. Click NEXT.
  6. If an exact factory color match is available for your vehicle, it will notify you and you have the option of choosing the color most similar to your current cloth or leather interior, if you’d like.
  7. Or, you click the DESIGN YOUR OWN START NOW orange button to start designing your own.
  8. On the next screen, choose from different styles and colors using the menu on the left until you find what’s right for you!
  9. Print or email your selections and bring it to us for ordering and installation.

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    *Please note, window tinting, leather interiors, and moon-roofs are only installed at the Morse Road location.


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