Installing a Car Radio

May 18th, 2013 by

music_car_CD_driver_stereo-300x200Updating your car radio can give you the power and audio perfection that you crave. Follow these basic steps when choosing and installing your new car radio to create a radio system of which you can be proud.

Consider the Features

Take a moment to consider the features you need to update in your car system. At a bare minimum, you’re going to have to update your speakers, subwoofers, crossovers, and amplifiers. You can’t simply throw in a better radio and leave in the same old speakers as it won’t really improve your sound. Find features that are compatible with each other to avoid running into headaches down the road.

The Extras

You may want to consider a radio system that has extra features to add a little spice to your system. Such features include a DVD or CD player, video screen, Bluetooth connectivity, remote controls, navigation systems, XM Satellite radio, USB port for MP3 players, and more.

Replacing or Upgrading?

After deciding on a radio system, you can decide if you want to upgrade your old system or completely replace it. Upgrading is a much cheaper option as you can simply integrate individual parts without replacing your entire system. However, this isn’t always an option on older due to incompatibility issues. Completely replacing your system gives you the exact system you want but costs a lot more money.

Budget, Budget, Budget!

Creating a budget is one of the most important considerations when you’re changing your car radio system. You can spend thousands of dollars on a dozen radio parts if you aren’t careful. Look through various car audio system magazines as well as through shops like Best Buy or Wal-Mart to find low cost audio components. Always include the cost of installation in your budget.


If you have experience installing car radio systems you may be able to install your new system yourself but be prepared for a long, difficult job. Paying a professional is usually the best route as they often offer installation insurance that covers installation mistakes. Search around town to find the lowest cost, highest quality radio installation service. Ask friends about their experiences with radio installers to find one you can trust.