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the Price of Car Stereo Installation

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$ 0
Jul 2007
Oakland, CA
Free installation with purchase after stereo stolen  more... close row
$ 99
May 2008
Huntsville, Alabama
Chain store installed car stereo  more... close row
$ 75
May 2007
Glen Burnie, MD
Installation included speaker wiring  more... close row
$ 40
Feb 2008
New York City, NY
Much better if you can install CD player yourself  more... close row
$ 50
Jul 2006
Oakland, CA
Car stereo stolen on a regular basis  more... close row
$ 50
Sep 2006
Birmingham, Al
Car satellite radio system installed  more... close row
$ 135
Apr 2007
Cleveland, Ohio
Replacing and installing car audio system   more... close row

Description of service

The price quoted above was for the purchase and installation of an in-dash compact disc capable car stereo at a major electronics outlet. The price included the cost of purchasing the radio, which was an in-house brand, the cost of pulling the factory stereo out of the vehicle, and the cost of installing the new stereo into the vehicle. The costs also included an extra wiring harness, which was necessary to connect the new stereo to the existing wiring system.

Review of Service

The service that I received in the installation of the stereo was far worse than the service I received in actually selecting the stereo from the store's inventory. The manager of the car audio department in the store took the time to talk to me about what I was looking for in a stereo for my vehicle, and the manager took the time to show me a couple different models that were in my price range. Once I selected the stereo and opted for the installation to be completed that same day after the purchase was made, the manager of the installation department was a bit upset about having to do another installation that afternoon. He proceeded to make comments about my vehicle throughout the installation, including making note of the fact that I had the factory stereo system in the vehicle yet, and told me that the system I purchased was going to sound awful (though his words were a little bit more profane) with the factory speakers installed. I am happy to say, however, the the system sounds awesome, thanks to the manager who ensured that my factory speakers would in fact support the new receiver.


For anyone looking to have an audio system installed in their vehicle, look at the retailer that you purchase the receiver from as the first option, as they will have the necessary parts to connect that particular system to your vehicle as a requirement of selling the equipment. Secondly, although I had a bit of a bad experience with the personnel doing the installation, not all store installers should be this way, but make sure that the installers are fairly friendly and courteous and are willing to explain the installation process to you so you know what is going on inside your vehicle. Most importantly, shop around and see if a store that offers your desired receiver also offers complementary or low cost installation - it could save you a few bucks on the total cost.

$ 158
May 2008
Lexington, KY
Car audio equipment installed  more... close row
$ 75
Jul 2008
East Lansing, MI
Seemed like way too much money to spend   more... close row
$ 225
Feb 2008
Speakers installed in car  more... close row
$ 65
Sep 2007
Lynchburg, VA
Installation of after-market car stereo  more... close row
$ 0
Feb 2007
Bristol, Virginia
Free installation with purchase of subwoofers etc  more... close row
$ 210
Jun 2008
Greece, NY
Price of stereo and installation  more... close row
$ 250
Jun 2008
Hollywood, FL
CD changer broke very quickly after installation  more... close row
$ 365
Jun 2008
Pasadena, CA
Improved sound quality and volume  more... close row