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Remote Car Starter Business Booms During Winter

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The bitter cold in Montana has shut down public schools and even some winter-dependent businesses like ski areas across the state.

But employees at a car audio dealer in Missoula said the install business is booming in the cold weather.

Employees at Aspen Sound said when the temperature drops, their store is flooded with customers who want remote starters installed in their vehicles.

They explained how remote starters work, and how the technology can even help keep a driver more safe.

"The cold weather obviously is a big thing here in Montana and people like to have warm cars," said Tom Allison, the Assistant Manager at Aspen Sound.

And a remote car starter allows drivers to fire up their vehicles without setting foot outdoors with the touch of a button.

"You can add on to have it start from your cell phone," Allison said.

He said during the winter, they install 4-6 remote starters every single day.

"Yeah, remote start season is definitely mid-November to end of February, mid-March."

In fact, the next available appointment for a remote starter install is in two weeks, but Allison said they're slowly catching up.

"Missoula's a great town, people are really patient and understanding, we're a small business, started locally," he said.

There are just two technicians at Aspen Sound who install the systems-- a process that takes 3-5 hours.

"You know, only a little bit of it's actually involved in the engine, the rest is actually under the steering column, attached to your ignition wires," Allison explained.

"Comes in handy… definitely," said Drew Doiron said he thinks his remote starter could even help keep him more safe.

He said starting his car early and remotely, ensures clear visibility through the windshield.

Doiron said, "You know, if you're in a hurry in the mornings, and you don't want to wipe your windshields off necessarily, and you're more counting on the de-fog to wipe the snow off."

And mechanics at Meineke said an engine can even seize up if a driver takes off before the vehicle is properly warmed up.

Allison said the price of an install depends on the age and type of a vehicle.

"Everything from 15 to 20-year-old vehicles to 2014's, so you definitely see a wide spectrum," Allison said.

Employees at ACE Hardware in Missoula said they see a big increase in sales of space heaters, snow-blowers, and snow shovels during the winter months.

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