Car Stereos: Go It Alone Or Hire An Installer?
Adding a new car stereo to a vehicle is a great way to enhance comfort levels during drives around the corner or across the country. Many drivers prefer to have a radio going to help relax and focus them on their daily commutes. For some, there’s simply no better way to navigate today’s busy roads than with the help of a car radio and a good traffic channel.
Buying a new stereo for a car can be a big investment, however. The process to choose a good make and model can be a little daunting. Finding just the right “sound” to fit the budget takes a little time and research.
But once that’s done and the purchase has been made, the stereo will still need to be installed. Making the choice to install it yourself or to hire a pro to do the work is a big one. Installation jobs can be quite easy, depending on the car and stereo model, or very complicated. A lot will depend on the system purchased.
Here are some things to consider before making a final decision to buy or not:
* Based on manufacturer instructions, how complicated is the installation process? Are the directions so complex they appear to be written in Latin? If so, hiring a pro might be the way to go.
* Are you adept with tools and electronics? If you are, there’s likely no reason why you can’t save a few dollars and do it yourself. Instructions for stereo installation can be a little tricky, but if the process is understood, it’s far from rocket science.
* Is your car’s electronics system wired in with other accessories that might need to be coordinated with the stereo system. If so and if you’re not sure how to work around the issue, hire a pro.
* Do you have the necessary tools? If you don’t, an installation job generally doesn’t cost much and will save the tool costs on top of the system itself.
Since most modern cars are highly wired, the task of installing a stereo system is a little more complex than it was in years past. If the process is familiar and the car’s wiring system understood (at least in the accessory department), installing a stereo can be a fun afternoon project. Otherwise, do take advantage of a professional installation job. These generally won’t break the bank and you’ll thank yourself later as you’re enjoying the new sounds in your car.