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7 must-have car accessories for winter

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Remote starter system

Accessory: Remote starter system.

Cost range: $80 to $500. Installation fees and additional features affect cost.

Available through many electronics retail outlets, remote starter systems sync with a vehicle's ignition system for a jacketless way to start your car. Basic systems start at around $80. At the higher end, remote starters include added features such as smart phone compatibility and security system control.

However, Tara Baukus Mello, Bankrate's Driving for Dollars columnist, warns that convenience comes with a cost to the environment in the form of additional gaseous fumes before the car actually hits the road.

"Using a remote starter is really more of a waste of gas and putting unnecessary pollutants into the atmosphere," Baukus Mello says.




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