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Old 04-26-2014, 03:38 PM   #1
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Default Car stereo replacement

Our CD player in our car is skipping and I think needs to be replaced (car is 10 years old). Yes, I know there are kits and could do-it-myself but don't really want to. We don't need an exotic system but would probably be nice to get a unit that supports iPod and Bluetooth hands free phone, as many do today.

Who sells and installs car stereos around the lake? Any personal experience with any dealers? Costs? I find units on line for less than $200 that look pretty good and assume a basic install shouldn't be more than $100. Is $300 for a nice installed system realistic? I have found VanWorks in Gilford on line but don't know anything about them. Others?
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Try Chris Jones at Speed of Sound. He works mobile and does a lot in the lakes region. Tell him Jason sent you. His number is 603-817-0400.

He has done a custom sunroof install, strobe flashers for plowing, video systems as well as many stereo jobs for me in trucks and boats over the years. In fact he is doing headrest DVDs in my new truck in a few weeks and is quoting a security camera job at my warehouse.
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I had van works install my stereo and remote starter. they did a nice job. no delays and on quote. I will use them again
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My suggestion is to buy the unit from the person who is installing it. You may pay a few dollars more but if there is a issue at anytime there are no fingers being pointed. As far as $300 yes depending on car you should be ok but if it has steering wheel controls may be more.
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I use crutchfield to find out a ball park figure for a CD unit. Crutchfield has the installation kits and guides. I swapped out a few units using their kits and find it very easy to do. You should give them a try.
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Speed of Sound is a dealer as well, not just an installer. He can get any of the major brands.
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Thanks everyone.

I had looked up units on Crutchfield but I really dislike adding aftermarket things to cars. Why? My experience is that if it all works out OK, great. But when not, then what do you do? I don't have the experience to hack something together and I don't want the car to look like garbage. Professional installers run into the same problem but they have the experience to know what to do to fix it and may even have parts that allow them to fix it. And, best of all, it's not my hassle, it's their problem.

I had a hands free device installed in a car years ago and it seemed to work fine but they forgot to hook up the radio silencer when calls came in. I returned to the shop and they fixed it. No cost, no problem. I could have easily made the same mistake and would have had to open up the dash again and figure out the wiring. Probably hours of work. Instead, I got to read car magazines for a half hour while they skinned their knuckles. (OK, they probably don't but I always do.)

I'll look into what these folks offer and their costs.

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I use Auto Sound at work and on my own cars,boats etc. they are a mobile operation with years of experience. 1-800-517-3434
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Jeff, I think you are smart in leaving this to the pros. While I would have performed an install like this back in high school and did, the vehicles today are very complex and it would be money well spent.

It is definitely a case of you get what you pay for, I would ask to see photos or an in progress install to get an idea of fit and finish.
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