Add Space With A Garage Car Lift

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Cars, tools, lawn equipment, bikes, camping gear, and holiday decorations are all examples of common items that can easily be stored in your garage. Storing all these items in the garage, however, takes up valuable real estate. To take advantage of all the space your garage has to offer, it is necessary to impose some structure, such as a car lift. By installing a car lift, you’ll be able to park two cars in a one car garage, while having plenty of space leftover to stow everything else.

What is a Car Lift?

Originally designed for mechanics – as a means to repair a vehicle’s undercarriage safely – car lifts can free you from having to assume awkward positions when working on your baby, as well as free up prime real estate in your garage. They’re particularly beneficial in one-car garages. Built from high-quality materials, a car lift is a product that uses hydraulics to raise the car on either two or four posts, which extend beneath the car to lift the vehicle.

The Advantages of a Car Lift

Car lifts come in a wide variety of configurations including: above ground, in-ground, y-lift, two-post, four-post, low/mid rise, and smartlift – among others. From a storage standpoint, a four-post car lift allows you to store one car over another, thus affording you the opportunity to store your classics in the garage rather than offsite. Once you’ve changed your car’s oil without the pain of having to jack up the car, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without one.

The Skinny on Space

With the advantages of a lift hard to argue, you may have decided to start the hunt for one – but is there room in your garage for one? Generally speaking, a 10-foot height and 22-foot length garage, is probably the minimum amount of space needed to stack two cars. It’s important not to forget about overhead hazards such as the garage door, or more specifically, the garage door opener and tracks. Measure your clearance with the door opened and closed.

Not all lifts are created equal

Quality, quality, quality! Did I mention quality? A 4,000 pound car lifted in the air, can lead to catastrophe, which is why you should NEVER be stingy with your lift budget. Before you buy, check out the website Automotive Lift Institute, for a directory of certified car lift manufacturers. ALI’s mission is to “promote the safe design, construction, installation, inspection, and use of automotive lifts”.

Holiday Events In and Around Las Vegas

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Oh yes, it is the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, the holidays are most certainly a part of it, but for Nevada residents there is nothing quite like community events which reminds us of what we cherish the most…togetherness. Not only can we visit with friends and family, we can also rejoice in the magic of the season, while getting our fill of the gorgeous Nevada weather. We’re pointing you and your loved ones, especially those that have never visited Las Vegas, Nevada, to Precision Garage Door approved holiday events all throughout the Silver State.

Glittering Lights

When: November 13, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

7000 Las Vegas Boulevard North

Las Vegas, NV 89115

What: Dazzling residents for the past twelve years, Glittering Lights with three million lights along a 2.5 mile course, is Nevada’s largest holiday drive-thru light show. This affordable, family-oriented event makes for a great holiday experience for family and friends. There are special events almost every night.

Cost: $20 per car or $55 per season pass

Magical Forest

When: November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Where: Opportunity Village

6300 West Oakey Boulevard

Las Vegas, NV 89146

What: Experience the magic of the holidays at the annual Magical Forest. The Magical Forest, located at Opportunity Village, features a forest filled with hundreds of dazzling trees, the Forest Express passenger train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, Boris the Elf’s 3D Experience, Avalanche Slide, Rudolph’s Raceway, and so much more.

Cost: Admission only for adults is $11.99 and for children $9.99. Admission with unlimited rides and attractions for adults is $21.99 and for children $18.99. There is also an additional $1.50 service fee added to each ticket when ordered online.

The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan

When: November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Where: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Las Vegas, NV 89109

What: For the fourth consecutive year, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas welcomes the return of The Ice Rink, as Boulevard Pool is transformed into a winter wonderland high about Las Vegas Boulevard. The Ice Rink features more than 4,200-square-feet of real ice, S’mores by the fire, light snow showers, seasonal culinary offerings, and breathtaking views.

Cost: All day skating access is just $15, and from Monday to Friday, all day skating access for residents of Nevada just $10. Visitors are invited to bring their own skates or can rent a pair for $5. Skate aid rentals, for the little ones, are also available for $10. Admission to the unique winter atmosphere is free.

Santa in the Shipwreck

When: December 5-6, 12-13, 19-24, 2015

Where: Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay

3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Las Vegas, NV 89119

What: Have you been naughty or nice? Santa Claus is going to great depths this holiday season to visit kids during the annual Santa in the Shipwreck. With each paid admission, guests 12 and under receive a treat and complimentary photo with the big man himself, and his faithful sidekick Santa Jaws.

Cost: Admission for adults is $20; $14 for children (4-12); and free for those 3 or younger

WinterFest

When: December 10-12, 2015

Where: Henderson Convention Center & Events Plaza

200 South Water Street

Henderson, NV 89015

What: Mixing the merriment and magic of the holidays, WinterFest makes for some jolly good fun. Experience the excitement of a winter wonderland with activities for the entire family, including a Christmas tree lighting, Santa Claus visits, children’s activities and entertainment. Don’t miss the WinterFest Evening Light Parade at 5 p.m. on December 12.

Cost: Free

The Rocky Horror Christmas Show

When: December 5, 2015 @ 10:00pm

Where: Tropicana Regency Cinemas

3330 East Tropicana Avenue Suite Y

Las Vegas, NV 89121

What: Come spend the holidays at Dr. Frank N. Furter’s castle, and go see the Rocky Horror Picture Show, hosted by the Las Vegas cast of Frankie’s Favorite Obsession. This yearly tradition has many goodies in store for all those attending including an Ugly Christmas Sweater content. But hurry, tickets sell out fast!

Cost: Admission is $10. You can also purchase prop kits for an additional $2

Downtown Summerlin Holiday Parade

When: November 24 – December 24, 2015

Where: Downtown Summerlin

Sahara Avenue and 215 Beltway

Las Vegas, NV 89135

What: The whole Downtown is on parade for the holiday! Join Downtown Summerlin for 20 nights from 7:00-7:30pm each night beginning November 20th and ending December 24th for festively decorated floats. In addition to a parade of floats, there are toy soldiers, snowflake princesses and princes, nutcrackers, dancers, drummers, and holiday music to help bring out the holiday spirit in all who attend.

Cost: Free

Great Santa Run

When: December 5, 2015

Where: Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV 89101

What: There’s nothing quite like watching 10,000+ Santas race across town! The Las Vegas Great Santa Run is one of Opportunity Village’s most important fundraisers that attracts families, businesses, individuals, and global tourists to downtown Las Vegas.

Cost: Spectators can watch for free. To enter the race, however, there is a $10 charge for pets, $40 for children (12 and younger), and $65 for adults. All race registrations include a 5-piece Santa suit, participant medal, and runner goodie bag!

Happy Holidays!

The Benefits of Garage Door Replacement

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If your garage door opens and closes when you want it to, you may not give much thought to its replacement. Replacing an old door can have a lot of benefits you may not be aware of, however, all of which can make a compelling reason to trade in your old garage door with a high-quality new garage door replacement. Take a good look at your garage door. You may want to consider replacement if any of the following apply:

  • You’re unhappy with the door’s overall appearance.
  • You’re moving in near future and want to increase your home’s appeal.
  • Your current door lacks modern feature, it’s poorly insulated, or (most importantly) it doesn’t automatically reverse on contact with an object.

Benefit 1: Boost Curb Appeal

It’s only natural for a garage door to pick up a few dings and dents over the years. It may not look so good if your children, and the neighbors, bounce balls off it every day or we’ve gotten careless when parking the car one too many times. Whether your door is in disrepair or it’s just past its prime, it could be detracting from your home’s appeal, which sets the tone for your entire home. A garage door replacement can change all that!

Benefit 2: Increase the Value of Your Home

Garage door replacement continues to rank highly in terms of recouping costs on investment as evidenced in this year’s annual Remodeling Cost vs. Value report. The report, which considers the importance of first impressions, found that garage door replacements offer one of the greatest paybacks, as homeowners can recoup an average of 88.4% of their door’s cost come resale.

Benefit 3: Reduce Cooling & Heating Costs

Because older garage doors typically aren’t insulated, they owners tend to see higher cooling and heating costs, especially if there’s living quarters directly above or adjacent to the garage. Replacing an non-insulated garage door with an insulated one can help reduce your monthly utility bills. An insulated door, one with a high R-value, will aid in keeping the cold air in during the summer and out during the winter.

Benefit 4: Provide Secure Access to Your Home

The garage door is, perhaps, the easiest access point to your home. It’s quite possible that most homeowners use their garage door as their front door. And, why not? It’s much easier to get in their car and leave rather than go out the front door, open the garage, and then leave. This huge contributing factor is why the average garage door opens and closes 1,500 per year/4 times per day. A new, modern-day door adds an extra layer of home security.

Benefit 5: Increased Safety

Newer garage doors can sense when something or worse…someone, may be in the way of the door closing, and will immediately halt its descent ensuring your loved ones’ safety. They may also offer sophisticated security options, such as keypads that allow you to enter your home through the garage, even without your car. These features, and more, can help ensure you and your loved ones’ safety doesn’t become compromised.

Benefit 6: Reduce Garage Door Maintenance Time

The older a garage door gets, the more difficult its maintenance becomes. From sanding to painting, and so on, they can really take up a lot of your precious time. A new, fiberglass or steel garage door, professionally installed requires a lot less maintenance while looking great at the same time. In addition, the time saved, will allow you to enjoy life the way life was meant to be enjoyed.

Precision Garage Door Service solves a lot of problems with garage doors, and often encounters customers in need of quality garage door replacements, due to their present doors suffering from too much wear and tear after years of use. There have been those with some safety issues as well. We are currently running a $599* special on all new garage doors. Coupon cannot be combined with any other offer. Call 866.265.4824 for more info.

Identifying Broken Garage Door Springs

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Any one of the 243,865 Las Vegas households know that living with a garage door means a lifetime of benefits. It generally makes life a whole lot more convenient. Its all-demanding presence, however, requires much more than we are willing, or able, to provide. Frankly, the garage door is a beast, and a dangerous one at that given the fact that it weighs 300 pounds – if not more.

To the average homeowner, who opens and closes their door four times a day, everything may look fine. Unfortunately, that is simply not the case for the vast majority of homeowners, as their garage door requires special attention quite frequently. Attention that is often not given, until something goes wrong, in a BIG way. There are no shortage of components that can malfunction.

One of the more common components to fail is that of the garage door springs, which act to counterbalance the door, and hold it in place. These springs die some time during their 10,000th operation. 10,000 cycles is the industry standard. Extended life, or high-cycle, springs may last four times as long. Replacement frequency of your garage door springs is determined by your daily usage. So if…

  • You use your door 2 times, expect them to wear out every 14 years.
  • You use your door 4 times, expect them to wear out every 7 years.
  • You use your door 6 times, expect them to wear out every 5 years.
  • You use your door 8 times, expect them to wear out every 3 years.

There are two types of garage door springs: The torsion springs, which are located above the door, can be installed either singly or in pairs depending on the door’s weight. Extension springs, installed in pairs, are located on each side of the door’s tracks. When you need to replace your broken garage door springs, make sure that you contact a garage door repair professional with years of experience, to ensure proper installation.

The replacement of broken garage door springs is a complex task. One that requires a great deal of expertise. Garage door springs should never be replaced by individuals who are not properly trained to perform this task. Without the proper expertise, property can be damaged or scarier still, you or your loved ones can suffer a personal injury. Replacing it yourself is simply not worth that risk! Always contact a professional.

Additionally speaking, continuing to operate your door with broken garage door springs is very dangerous, as nothing is supporting the door’s weight. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you err on the side of caution, and unplug the opener from its power source. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Here are some common signs that one or both of your springs are broken:

  • The garage door does not open or close in response to the opener.
  • The door unexpectedly stops during operation.
  • The door appears crooked.
  • There is a visible separation in the spring.

One final note: Even if only one spring, regardless of type, is broken both should be replaced at the same time. This will ensure balanced tension. It will also save you money in the long run, especially when you consider the fact that the two springs were likely installed at the same time. If this is the case, than this means that they have approximately the same lifespan, and the other could break at any moment.

Hidden Gems Off the Vegas Strip

hidden gems off the Vegas strip

New foods to try and sites to see. People to meet and places to explore. Whether you’re just passing through, or you call it home, there is a lot to do and see in Las Vegas. Not into the typical Las Vegas scene? There’s so much more to Vegas than what you’ll find on the strip. Here’s a list of hidden gems that prove there’s more to Vegas than just buffets, gambling, and free drinks.

Golden Steer Steakhouse

Still featuring some of the best prime aged beef in Vegas, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time when you enter the Golden Steer Steakhouse, which is located in downtown Vegas. Since it’s opening in 1958, it’s been frequented by Hollywood stars, and famous rock stars. A few of the steakhouse’s most notable diners include Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra.

Movies in the Square

Every Thursday, from June 4 through August 20, families can enjoy free entertainment starting when the sun goes down. Featuring an 25′ x 35′ screen, The Green at Town Square, showcases an amazing array of newly released movies for patrons of all ages to enjoy. So, if you happen to be in Vegas in the summer months, grab a blanket and head on over.

Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area

Do you like spending time in the great outdoors? Then head out to the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, located just 17 miles west of Las Vegas, via Charleston Boulevard. Offering breathtaking views along with more than 30 miles of hiking/walking trails, horseback riding, and picnic areas enveloped within a 195,000 acre park. Other features include historical and geological exhibits.

The Mob Museum

Las Vegas’ ties to the mob are an open book but the most notorious gangsters can be found right downtown at the Mob Museum. Featuring interactive exhibits and artifacts that separates fact from fiction in addition to baring some of Vegas’ best kept secrets. The Mob Museum is open from daily from 10 to 7 Sunday through Thursday and 10 to 9 Friday and Saturday.

Monster Mini Golf Featuring Kiss

Kiss by Monster Mini Golf features 18 custom-designed holes of indoor, glow-in-the-dark, KISS themed mini golf! Open seven days a week from 10:00am to Midnight, there’s fun to be had for the whole family, including arcade games, a KISS gift shop and KISS gallery. KISS themed private rooms can be reserved for that special someone’s birthday.

Brought to you by Precision Garage Door Las Vegas.

Time for a Garage Door Opener Safety Check?

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Featuring convenience a homeowners’ garage, haven for automobiles and expensive toys, is more important to us than we would have otherwise thought possible. But the one thing keeping our belongings safely stored inside, is also the one thing that often goes unnoticed, at least until something goes awry: the garage door opener.

Garage door openers are designed to control the opening and closing of the garage door, either through a wall-mounted switch or radio transmitted remote, approximately 1,500 times over the course of a year depending on the homeowners’ schedule.

Due to the strain of controlling a door weighing 150 pounds and up, they or one of their countless components may become defective, which can unfortunately create significant safety hazards. Hazards that when left unchecked can quickly lead to the occurrence of an accident. The following facts demonstrate these risks:

  • Typically the largest, not to mention heaviest, moving objects within your home many of the garage door’s components are held under an immense amount of tension.
  • According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, injuries caused by the improper use (or a malfunctioning) garage door account for approximately 20,000 emergency room visits per year.
  • Although severe injuries or worse can occur due to entrapment (caused when the door fails to automatically reverse); the majority of these ER visits are the result of pinched fingers.

While safety hazards are very much real, routine garage door opener safety checks, along with preventative maintenance are two great ways to ensure the safety of everyone in the home as well as those outside the home. They can also help you avoid getting stuck with costly repair bills when things go awry.

When performing the following inspections, inspectors should never attempt to fix any defects they may encounter, as the door and all its components including the garage door opener can pose significant hazards. Garage door and garage door opener repair is NOT DIY friendly!

Garage Door Opener Safety Check | Tests

Test the Door’s Balance and Alignment

Once a month, you should test the door’s alignment, and balance of your garage door. To do this, you will need to first disengage the garage door opener from the door itself, which is actually quite simple. Simply pull the red manual release rope straight down and then back.

Once you have done this, attempt to open the door, all the while taking note of how the door feels as it’s opening (i.e. does it feel light, easily moves without sticking, sticks during movement). If it sticks during the test, the door is not properly aligned, which puts undo strain on the garage door opener.

If the door is out of balance immediate repair is required!

Test the Safety Reversal System

In addition to testing the door’s overall balance and alignment, you should test the safety reverse of the garage door opener, as this prevents the door from continuing to close should someone or something get in its path.

With the door fully open, place a 2×4 flat (or similar size object) on the floor, centered directly under the floor. Operate the door in the down direction. When the door hits the object, it should automatically stop, and immediately reverse direction. Never attempt to stop the door using your hands or an object.

If the door fails this step immediately seek professional help!

Test the Photoelectric Sensors

Photoelectric sensors, aka safety eyes, located at the base of each side of the garage door emit an invisible beam. If the beam is broken, the sensors will instruct the opener to immediately reverse the door’s direction, rather than continuing to close. Proper alignment and functioning is imperative.

To test these sensors, operate the door and as the door is closing, roll a ball across the path of the sensors. The door should immediately stop and reverse direction. Malfunctioning or misaligned photoelectric safety sensors have the potential to cause severe injuries to occur.

If your sensors failed this test immediately contact a technician!

Safety Advice for Homeowners

  • Never attempt to adjust or repair springs on your own. These components are held under extreme tension, and can snap forcefully, causing serious injury to occur.
  • Never allow children to play with the garage door openers’ wall-mounted switch or radio-transmitted remote. They are NOT toys. You should also teach them about garage door safety.
  • Never try to enter or exit your garage while the door is in motion. Should the safety revere not be working properly, this could cause you to become entrapped under the door.

 

5 Garage Door Advantages I Bet You Didn’t Know

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It goes up…it goes down – multiple times a day. But, I bet you didn’t know, that your garage door can provide many more advantages than just operating at the press of a button. Until now…

Advantage: Provides Guaranteed Value

A new, stylish garage door, has the potential to net you a 88.4 percent return on investment when it comes time to sell your home; making it a great way to add guaranteed value. Replacing your door ranks as one of the most popular home improvement projects.

Advantage: Protects Against the Elements

From torrential winds and rains during monsoon season, to the random windstorm, your garage door plays a vital role in the protection of your home’s integrity. Reinforced steel garage doors are also available. These doors help to protect against relentless winds that threaten to damage.

Advantage: It Looks After You

Photoelectric eye sensors – mounted about 5 to 6 inches above the floor – cast an invisible beam across the garage door opening. These sensors provide an extra layer of protection against accidental entrapment. If their beam is broken, for any reason, the door would automatically reverse.

Advantage: Provides Convenient Access

Garage doors and garage door openers when combined provide a level of convenience that is unrivaled by many of today’s smart-home gadgets. Many homeowners enjoy the freedom of using these systems to get into their homes every day; which is why it’s so important to maintain them.

Advantage: Works with Your Smartphone

Can you imagine opening and closing your garage door right from your phone? With smart-home technology built-in, many garage doors today allow you to monitor your door’s operation, using your smart phone or tablet. This security features provides much peace-of-mind.

The Pros of Having a Garage

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The pros of having a garage are numerous. Living in Las Vegas, I’m sure you know how it is to step out of your house on a 90+ degree day, just to go start your car. And if you have leather…forget about it! After running the engine for five minutes or so, the car is usually cool enough for you to stomach getting into, let alone driving to your destination.

For those of you that maintain your car on a do it yourself basis, you probably know what the inconvenience of working on it outside is like, especially when you have to slide under it and you get burnt due to the hot sidewalk. A garage can change all that as well as provide you with the following benefits:

The Storage Potential

A garage opens up an enormous amount of additional storage space. If you own it; you can store it. Besides storing the obvious (your car) a garage provides ample space for storing landscaping equipment, tools, bikes, annual decorations and everything in between. When you run out of floor space, make sure to look up at the walls and ceiling for more storage space.

The Property Value

Adding a garage is a reasonably good investment according to remodeling magazine’s 2015 “Cost vs. Value Report.” If you invest $52,382, which is the national average, on this addition you can expect to recoup 64.8 percent or $33,938 of your investment at resale – or refinance. Already have a garage that you want to replace the door on?

Midrange garage door replacements, which on average cost $1,595, can net you 88.4 percent or $1,410 of your initial investment at time of resale. This a 5.9 percent higher rate than an upgrade garage door replacement. Whichever of the three options you choose, you can feel confident knowing that you’re making a good decision, economically speaking.

The Potential

Who said a garage had to be boring? Garages are like a blank canvas. Their usability options are endless. With the space they provide you can turn them into workshops, gyms, home offices, day cares and the list goes on. Want to liven them up? Try painting the walls a cheerful color. And don’t forget the floors. Many options for garage flooring exist today including epoxy flooring.

Garage Door Replacement: Is It Worth It?

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According to Remodeling magazine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value survey, replacing your garage door isn’t just one of the more affordable options for improving your home, it’s also one of the ones that will virtually pay for itself. Thus taking your curb appeal to a whole new level!

The survey, currently in its 13th year, compares the cost for 36 popular home improvement projects with the value those same projects retain should you ever decide to sell your home. The results are then broken down for homeowners and consumers alike.

The Findings

The survey, which looks at the resale value in 102 states throughout the United States, determined the average cost for replacing a mid-range garage door to be $1,595, and found a $1,410 value of the project at home sale, which equates to an 88.4 percent return on investment. This data is up from last year.

The survey further determined that an upscale garage door replacement costing $2,944 would net you a value of $2,429 at home sale, equating to an 82.5 percent return on investment, which is slightly down from last year’s figures.

These figures make garage door replacement the third-best (mid-range) and second-best (upscale) home improvement projects in terms of return on investment (ROI). The survey based its findings on two different categories of steel garage doors: insulated and non-insulated.

Upgrade Today: Garage Door Replacement

At Precision Garage Door in Las Vegas, NV, we offer an extensive array of garage door replacement options for you to choose among – all of which have been manufactured from some of the most renowned names in the industry. Just some of the doors we sell include:

  • Steel Doors
  • Fiberglass Doors
  • Rolling Service Doors
  • Full View Garage Doors
  • Insulated & Non-Insulated
  • Carriage House Garage Doors
  • Custom Designed Wood Garage Doors

By offering free in-home estimations for new garage doors, our expert garage door sales team works hard in pairing homeowners with the perfect garage door replacement. If you’re looking for a home improvement project that will virtually pay for itself upon resale, think garage door replacement.

Keyless Entry Systems for Every Door You Own

 

For some, it’s a daily battle, as they frantically search their house for those items they desperately need and use. Retracing their steps and overturning couch cushions, to their dismay, provides no relief.

It’s when they are just about to throw in the towel that they finally spot the object they seek at the bottom of their purse or buried deep in their jacket pocket. What, you may be wondering, were they looking for? And why was it so important?

The same thing you too were probably looking for just this morning – your keys. The item you require daily. Considering that most of us just toss our keys somewhere different every day after a long day at the office, it’s easy to forget where we put them.

There’s a Better Way

With a keyless entry system, you’ll never need to use your keys again, thus making your day less stressful as you won’t need to frantically search the house in the morning looking for your misplaced key.

Whether you’re interested in a system for your garage door, entry door, or even the vehicle you drive the capabilities available in today’s innovative keyless entry systems are simply astounding.

The Capabilities of Keyless Entry Systems

The best part is the ease in which they work. With a companionable smartphone – something that never seems to get misplaced – app, it’s never been easier to access the inside of our garages, homes or cars.

Some of the available keyless entry systems on the market today even utilize facial recognition or biometric technology which allows you to provide entry into your home to whomever you have approved.

There’s even a system, which debuted at CES 2015, that has been designed to allow you to start your car with your smartphone. Seriously what will they think of next?