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Know the facts about warming your car in the cold

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - When it's cold outside, there is nothing more inconvenient than waiting for our cars to warm up. But experts tell us it's a good idea to warm up your car before hitting the road.

Rod Clemen is a mechanic at M-K Matic Transmission Company in Dubuque. He said warming your car in the winter will allow the fluids to get warmed up before hitting the road.

"It will help get the fluids warmed up. It will also help get the inside temperatures up and the windows defrosted," said Clemen.

You may want to think twice about warming up your car on public roads in the City of Dubuque.

Dubuque Police said the City of Dubuque and lots of other cities adopted a state law that says, "No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine."

Dubuque Police said breaking the law could cost you $87.

Dubuque Police Chief Mark Dalsing said the law has rarely if ever been enforced on people warming their cars. He did mention that the department does see a couple of cars taken each year after people leave them unlocked and warming. He said those cars are generally found shortly afterwards.

Many eastern Iowans resort to installing a remote start in their car.

Chris Konzen is the owner of Remote Start & Stereo in Dubuque. He said this time of year is busy for his company. He said although remote starting vehicles is becoming more common, there are still misconceptions about the product.

"The most common misconceptions about installing a remote start in your car is, A) they are going to damage the vehicle, or B) that it will void a manufacturer's warranty," Konzen said. "Luckily for us and our customers, those are both false."

Dubuque Police said a remote start device on your car is an exception to the law.

They also said you can use a second key to lock your car while you have your primary key in the ignition, but police said your car is only one broken window away from potentially being a stolen vehicle.

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