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Car Stereo Shopping Guide

Written By: Bryan Rees
Posted: 7/14/2016



Summer is here and you have decided to pick up a new car stereo but you are not quite sure of exactly what you want. We all know buying a new car stereo can be a bit intimidating with the seemingly unlimited features and options available, but with just a little bit of help it can be a ton of fun! To help you out here are a few things to consider.

What features you would like to add?

Many factory stereos come equipped with some of the options you need but are lacking in some very exciting features that you want. For example, does your vehicle have satellite radio but no Bluetooth? Does it have a DVD player but not navigation? Here is a list of just a few of the many features you may want to consider:


  • Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Navigation
  • Apple CarPlay
  • USB/Aux Input
  • Android Auto
  • App Mode
  • DVD Player
Make sure the stereo you choose not only has the features you would like to add, but also retains the features and functions you currently enjoy with your factory system. If you are not sure what features you need or want call us at 1-888-CARTOYS and we will be happy to help!

Are you interested in better sound quality?

Depending on your factory system just adding a new head unit may improve the sound a bit, but if you want a much fuller sound then consider adding a subwoofer. No matter what type of music you listen to, from Hip Hop to Country to Jazz, a good quality subwoofer can enhance your listening experience a great deal. Consider choosing a car stereo with a dedicated high voltage subwoofer pre-out that will allow you to add an amplifier and subwoofer now or down the road.

How do I decide what stereo is right for me?

Once you have decided what features you are interested in, visit the car stereo section of our site and browse some car stereos that interest you. When you are viewing a product page don’t forget that the additional info tab under beside the product description is a great resource for determining all of the features each unit has to offer! You can also stop by your local Car Toys store where our Car Audio experts will be happy to show you the many options on display!

Installation Parts and Labor

Our Fit guide is an excellent resource to get an idea what stereos will fit your vehicle and what installation parts will be required. We have our standard installation pricing available for reference as well! For a precise and complimentary parts and labor quote visit your local Car Toys store today!

Where should I buy?

Car Toys of course! Car Toys is the largest independent multi-channel specialty car audio and mobile electronics retailer in America with physical locations in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Texas. We are also an Authorized seller of all of the products we sell, so you can be confident in knowing your purchase is protected. We always have great prices available, and we will match any authorized dealer with our low price guarantee so you can be confident that you are getting the best deal possible. Check out our Weekly Deals for additional savings or stop by your local Car Toys store today!


Still not convinced? Check out these 5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Car Stereo.


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Bryan Rees is an MECP certified product specialist and Car Toys expert who has worked in the car audio industry for over 8 years. He is a blogger, podcaster, and proud owner of the worlds smallest beanie baby collection.



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