Here’s a brief guide to find the best place to shop. Follow this up further with detailed reading before taking the first step. For first-time shoppers, it’s not so easy. Listening to podcasts by car audio enthusiasts on ‘how I found my car audio shop near me and how I got it to work in my favor’, or words to that effect, might help for motivation.
But, never mind aligning your car interior’s shape and size with available to purchase technologies, what do you like most about your car. And what would your personal requirements be?
Make a list of these. See how far you get. You have your work cut out for you. And if you are going to be shopping at the mall or at a specialist dealer, you’re going to be at the mercy of the sales clerks, never mind how knowledgeable they are. Or not.
The easiest place to start may be the mall. That’s only for those of you who are tardy or want nothing more than a functional radio to listen to while driving. Here then is a brief overview of options available to you. You can then narrow them down to your requirements or interests. The mall store has been mentioned.
So too, the specialist dealer. For those of you looking for the cheapest deal yet, there is always the wholesaler warehouse and good luck with that and the internet. But best advice even for the first-time shopper can only be to refer to the specialist store’s sales advice.
Of course, you’ll always be wary of the sales clerk who tries to sell you the most expensive brand and make/model in the shop, not taking into account your car interior’s size, particularly the space reserved for the car radio and speakers.
But those who resolutely choose to shop on a shoestring budget by pushing a trolley through the aisles of the mass market wholesale type store have only themselves to blame when the car audio, once installed, delivers inferior sound quality.
As with most things today, the internet may well be the best place to shop for your new system.
Not only are you being given so many more options, you’ll always be able to make easy comparisons in terms of how much car radios cost and measure the quality thereof. Try and follow the advice of independent reviewers who are not shy to give blunt, critical opinions and have no clear affiliations with any retailers out there.
The standard structure of these independent reviews is generally provided in a user-friendly manner whereby compare and contrast listings are compiled and pros and cons are summarized.
Finally, whether you’re already an old hand or novice, working with a specialist store remains a good bet when attempting to do the installation yourself.
The more advanced (and expensive) your system is, the more chance there could be that something could go wrong. At least then, your sales clerk should be on hand to help you out.