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November 20, 2015 by Anne Kelley

Kia Remote Start – Winter Is Coming

Kia Remote Start – It’s Not Just About Being Warm

Remote Start for Kia Sorento
Remote Start for Kia Optima

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, these words have meaning. And while the next series of GoT is forever in the works, you don’t have to wait to purchase a remote start for your Kia vehicle.

If you don’t watch Game of Thrones, it’s OK because winter is coming, and your car needs some TLC for this winter.


I have a 2014 Kia Sportage, and I’m looking to make it winter-ready!   I was one of those car owners that didn’t believe in letting a car warm up in the winter.  A friend said newer model cars don’t need to warm up in the winter. But, after making a complete fool of myself on Facebook; declaring my belief in not warming up my car, I changed my mind. The reason is that I was educated on viscosity! The best way to describe viscosity is with pancakes, when you use cold syrup it pours slowly, and when you use warm syrup, it pours quickly.  The reason we need to warm up our cars is that we need the engine oil to heat up and lubricate the engine components, so they don’t rub together (metal on metal), get hot and change shape.

If you want to geek out on viscosity and racing, this is a great video to watch:

Last year I started sitting in my car for a couple of minutes, but even this was uncomfortable because it is freezing!  I started researching aftermarket remote starters, and while there are several options, I ended up studying on Kia.com and what I learned is surprising.

What I learned is why it is best to buy a remote start from the Kia OEM and here are the highlights:

  1. With a Kia Remote Start it plugs into the integrated electrical harness, aftermarket remote starters require cuts and slices of some sort during the install.
  2. Kia designed the integration of the remote start with the vehicle engine immobilizer system. This system is unique to Kia models. Aftermarket remote starters are generic, and there is potential for them to interfere with the engine immobilizer system and electronic system. If you have a Kia and it has an aftermarket remote start, your warranty is null and void.

Now to understand what you get with a Kia Remote Start. Some of these features are standard, and others are only available with specific models, so call the dealership before deciding:

  1. Each system comes with 2 long-range remotes. Long-range means between 500-3,000 feet and to help with understanding the distance, 1 mile is 5280 feet. When you remotely start your Kia, the hazard lights will turn on during the remote start run time. The only run time is 15 minutes because if it is winter and you don’t let the car warm up enough, there will be condensation which is bad on the engine.
  2. Remote rear defroster so you can see out your rear window with no problem. No need to scrape the back window it is done for you!
  3. It is easy to operate. There are two types of remote starts, one for a Kia with a key ignition and another with the start button ignition. If your car is running and you are ready to go, here are the two ways to go without turning the car off:
    • With a key ignition; unlock the door, put the key in the ignition and turn the key to the “on” position. At this point, the car will take over.
    • If you have a push-start ignition, you unlock the car, get in and press the start button twice.
  4. Activates Pre-set A/C & Heat Controls. This feature is not on all Kia models. The good news is, if you set your A/C, Heater & Defrost before you leave your car, it will be set when you use the remote start.
  5. Some remote starts have something called Progressive Find, if you can’t find your Kia in a parking lot it will honk 5 times and flash parking/hazard lights to help you locate it quickly.
  6. The remote start may require you to lock your doors after it starts or it locks the car when remote start initiates. But let’s be clear here, most likely you are locking your doors when you leave your car and if you don’t you should.

Life is just more comfortable when your car is ready when you are ready to drive. I spoke with Paige in parts here at Lawrence Kia, and she told me that she loves her remote start in the summertime because she can keep her dogs in her car with the car AC on. The only thing that I worry about with this situation is if you are shopping, get distracted, 15 minutes goes by, and your car turns off.  The solution is to set a timer on your phone or watch to remind you to remote start your car every 15 minutes.

We have started a remote start series on itemizing the parts you need for the Year, Make, Model of your Kia. Every week starting 8/16, we will be adding more blog posts on Remote Start Parts for your Kia.

Remote Start for Kia Sorento
Remote Start for Kia Optima

Take care of your Kia and your Kia will take care of you!  If you want to have a remote start installed on your Kia, call our service department to get started at 888-779-8210. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the other accessories for your Kia.

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61 responses to “Kia Remote Start – Winter Is Coming”

  1. Michael Wooldridge says:

    Lawrence, I was told by our dealer that Kia didnt make a factory remote start for the 2014 Sportage. Did you get a factory/KIA remote start installed in your 2014? If so, where can I get one so I can get it out in mine. I would prefer the factory one for sure. Mike

    • Anne Kelley says:

      Hi Michael- I own a 2014 Kia Sportage and last year I bought a remote start from Lawrence Kia and had them install it. I love it and this is why I wrote the post. It works great and it saves me in the winter! This year I want heated windshield wipers.

  2. Julia Mugrage says:

    I am wanting to know what it would cost to get remote start on my 2011 Sorronto

    • Anne Kelley says:

      Hi Julia, Tim Woods our Service & Parts Director informed me that a remote start for a 2011 Sorento is $365.50 installed. If you are local to Lawrence, KS, give Tim a call 888-779-8210.

  3. Randall says:

    How do you know if your model comes with the pre-set A/C or heat feature? 2015 Sorento, heat does not come on…

    • You will need to contact our Service Department and give your VIN number to one of the service advisors so they can look up your vehicle information. They will then be able to answer your question.

  4. Chequira says:

    How much is to installs a remote Start for a Kia Forte 2013?

  5. Kizella Austin says:

    Hi Can I have a factory remote start for my 2017 Kia Forte? Is where Can I go and how much would it cost?

    • There is a price difference between a push start and key start.
      Push start price w/ labor: $675.00
      Key start price w/labor: $690. The harness is not included and is an additional $31.00.

  6. Kecia Green says:

    How do i use the keyless start up? I hit the button and hold like it instructs but nothing works.

  7. Chriss M says:


    I have 2011 Kia Forte. I’m interested in get an remote start installed on my car. Approximatly how much would it cost to be installed

  8. Jennifer James says:

    What would remote start run me including installation in a 2017 Kia Sorento with key start. How long does installation take on average?

  9. Carole says:

    Why does my 2017 kia soul remote starter only stays in for 3mins?

    • Please contact our service department for more information. There are some questions our advisors will need to ask you in order to answer the question correctly.

  10. Emily says:

    I just got a 2012 Kia. I would like to get a remote starter for because this car feels like it’s made out of glass in the winter time and the glove compartment appears to not have a back on it so cold air is blowing through my glove compartment when I’m driving. This is a concern for me I’m not sure which one I should purchase but I do like the one that sets everything for you turns on everything keeps it warm and won’t destroy my engine components. I need to make an appointment with Kia to find out.

  11. Joshuah Jelinek says:

    Is there anyway to get the factory remote start for the 2013 Kia Sportage with push button start?

  12. Ed says:

    When will there be a remote starter available for the 2018 Niro EX?

  13. Ed says:

    Hello? Anyone there? When will there be a remote starter available for the 2018 Niro EX?

  14. Linda says:

    How much is remote start for 2018 forte is key and to ti t

    • Anne Kelley says:

      The 2018 Kia Forte, Key Start Model is $386.10 (25% off). Install can run between $400-$500. Call our parts manager Lennette 888-769-2773 to confirm fit and purchase.

  15. Paul Leffler says:

    I bought a 2014 Sorrento (love it) and under the hood there is a box with a label that states that it has a remote start. No fob came with the car. What do I need to do to make it functional? Thanks for any help

    • Anne Kelley says:

      Hi Paul, our Service Manager Tim Woods, says he would like to see the vehicle because it doesn’t seem like an official Kia Remote Start. Please call Tim to schedule an appointment 785-856-8700.

  16. Johneisha Myers says:

    How much would it be to have remote start installed on my 2015 Kia Optima Ex?

  17. mb says:

    I have a 2014 rio base model. Is it possible to have a remote start installed?

  18. Russ G. says:

    How much is a remote start with installation for a 2013 kia sportage ex?
    Thank you.

    • Hello Russ! The remote start plus installation is $598.00 plus tax. Feel free to call our service department at (785) 856-8700, if you would like to set up an appointment to get it installed.

  19. Debra A Fields says:

    What would it cost to have remote start installed on my 2016 Kia Sorento, key start.

  20. Drew says:

    . If you have a Kia and it has an aftermarket remote start, your warranty is null and void……….

    Some car dealers tell vehicle owners that installing an aftermarket part in the vehicle will void the warranty, but that is not true. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act prohibits a company from voiding a warranty or denying coverage under the warranty because the owner used or installed an aftermarket part

    • Anne Kelley says:

      There are risks when installing aftermarket parts, one being the electrical system on new models. If something happens to the electrical system, it would not be covered under warranty.

  21. David says:

    Is the factory remote start still available for the 2013 Kia Sportage EX? And if so what is the cost installed? And one more thing, is it by appointment only?
    Thanks in Advance!

    • Hello David! Remote Starts are still available for the 2013 Kia Sportage EX. the cost of the part and installation is $665 plus tax. You would need to make an appointment so we can order the part! Give our Service Department a call at (785) 856-8700 so you can get your appointment set up!

  22. Jay says:

    Talk to me please about the 2015 Rio SX, the hatchback / Rio5 version to be specific, with the PB ignition.
    Fully Plug & Play harness or are there loose wires to connect?

    • Hello, unfortunately our parts department let us know that Kia does not off a remote start for this vehicle. If you have anymore questions please feel to give our parts department a call at 888-769-2773, and they will help you out!

  23. Jim says:

    2020 SOUL LX – Key start. Would like remote start, Part cost? Labor costs?. Approx install time needed?

    Thank You

    • Hi there! The cost to install a remote start is $548.00 plus tax. It should take about an 1 hour and a half. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to call our service department at (785)856-8700 and one of our service experts will be able to help!

  24. Michael says:

    Let’s say I turn my car on via remote start by pressing the lock button 3 times. How can I turn the car off via my remote? I had an aftermarket product installed but use my Kia fob.

    • Hi Michael, unfortunately our Service Manager is unfamiliar with aftermarket remote start that use the Kia key fob. We would recommend that you consult the installer of the remote start. We hope this helps get you in the right direction and if you have anymore questions you can always ask! Thank you.

  25. Al says:

    How much for the Kia Forte remote starter .2017
    Thank you Al

  26. Mary Dye says:

    Price for remote start for 2015 Kia Soul.

    • Hi there Mary! The price for the remote start and installation is $508 plus tax! If you have anymore questions please feel free to give our service department a call at (785)-856-8700 and they can answer all of your questions, or you can order and schedule your appointment for the remote start!

  27. Marc says:

    I have a 2019 Kia Niro. It’s a hybrid. Can I get a remote start? If not does an after market remote start affect the Warranty?

    • Hello there, unfortunately Kia does not offer a remote start for the Kia Niro. As far as an aftermarket remote start for the Niro we would not recommend it with the high voltage battery in the vehicle. We are not saying it could happen but you might run into computer problems. We hope this helps answer your question!

  28. Brian says:

    Is there a Kia remote start available for a 2017 Cadenza Technology?

  29. Kelli says:

    Is it possible to buy a replacement remote start fob for a 2017 Kia Optima and, if so, how much would it cost? It was a separate small one from the key fob

  30. Thomas Chaplinsky says:

    I know places like Best Buy install remote start systems in cars like Kia’s.
    Will getting a remote start installed on my daughters 2019 Kia Soul and other daughters 2019 Kia Optima cause any issues with their factory warranties if they have Best Buy install it?

  31. Sara says:

    Is this old information? I just spoke to Lawrence Kia and they informed me adding the remote start WOULD NOT void my warranty. And i purchased the lifetime bumper to bumper. I dont want to get caught up in a mess by adding an aftermarket remote start. Can someone at the top verify this.

    • Anne Kelley says:

      The warranty WOULD NOT be voided but if something happens to the vehicle that is directly related to the aftermarket remote start causing that part to fail it would not be covered. As long as the remote start does not cause the failure the part would be covered.

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