Looking for a good double din? What should you look for? Will you pay too much?
What should you look for?
Needless to say that there are many options when buying a Double Din Touch Screen Car Stereo but, not all stereos are created equal. Of course I recommend you stick to a name brand stereo like Pioneer, Kenwood, Alpine, Sony or something along those lines. One of the biggest reasons for buying a name brand is because for the most part it will do what its supposed too, what do I mean? Well If you do a small search on Google or eBay you will see that there are many options including some off brands that are very cheap and promises to do a lot for you such as, USB, Nav,Bluetooth, AUX among other things, for a very low price, much lower than your traditional name brand Double Din Touch Screen Car Stereo. The Problem starts after the install and you try to use your new stereo, some of the problems I’ve personally seen in these stereos right off the box are, USB won’t read , SD card will only show a few files not all, Bluetooth cuts in and out among others.
Yes the price looks good but trust me when I say its not worth the time and headache they will cause you. When choosing your new double din touchscreen car stereo make sure that its gonna meet your needs for example, do you want a stereo with only an AUX or would you like to have Bluetooth as well? Would you like to have a DVD player or just a normal car stereo? Do you want your stereo to have the USB in the front or would you like to have it installed in different location? Most new Double Din Touch Screen Car Stereo will have the AUX in the rear so make sure that you tell your installer to run the AUX wire and specify were you would like to hove it installed. Things like these are the questions you should have answered before going in to your neighborhood stereo shop.
Will you pay too much?
Knowing how much to pay for the car stereo you want is obviously one of the most important things to most of us. With cash not easy to come by then before its important that you get the most you passably can for that cash you’re about to spend. For me to buy something in a brick and mortar store I have to do some Online price checking first, like most of do now a days anyway right?
When it comes to car audio its important to give value to the service and warranty you are gonna get in the store vs the internet, let me explain.
Of course most of us wouldn’t buy something anywhere if it didn’t have a warranty, unless of course the price was so low it didn’t matter but for the most part we want warranty whether its from the internet or a local store. But even if you have warranty from the internet, if anything where to happen to your new stereo you would have to send it back witch means, that you would be with out your new stereo until you got one back. If you got your new stereo from your local store like Stereo Zone then you could just drive in and leave with a new stereo the same day.
Now if you buy a car stereo online for $80 bucks and got free shipping and saw the same car stereo in a local store for $120.00 and they both offer a one year warranty you would think you are getting a better deal buying your new double din from the internet right. Lets look again, when you get the car stereo from the internet you are still gonna need to install it now unless you are handy and know how to take your car apart, you’re gonna wanna take your car in to your local stereo shop, normally labor to install a car stereo is gonna be between $35 to $50 depending on your area so now that puts your new stereo at around $145.00. If you look and call around you will fins that some of your local stereo shops like Stereo Zone offer free install on anything bought in the store so that means you would be better off buying in your local store.