Sound systems for cars

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Almost everyone in the United States has an upgraded sound system in their cars so it was only a matter of time until the UK followed the same trend. It’s a misconception that only boy racers and the younger generation have pimped up sound systems as there are many adults that also enjoy listening to music on good quality audio.

Sound systems for the car may seem like an unusual and expensive luxury but when you are stuck next to a car that’s playing music too loud for the stereo to handle, it can be embarrassing. Unfortunately car audio systems can only play music up to a certain volume clearly before it starts to sound muffled and out of place. As many motorists use their car as a means of transport getting to A and B, having excellent audio quality is not so important.

Nowadays there are garages that employ mechanics and technicians that are experienced, qualified and up to date with all the latest technology. You no longer have to search endlessly for someone to install your sound system as there are many experienced and qualified modern mechanics available.

With shows such as ‘Pimp up my ride’ becoming very popular, motorists and chic car owners know exactly what is available and what kind of systems are suitable for their car. It’s worth noting that in some cases a sound system may end up being worth more than the car after installation and labour costs. As you can always take the sound system with you, car owners do not worry about this small implication. Another drawback is that insurers may be unwilling to insure you as having valuable parts in the car is often seen as a risk and target for the car owners.
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How much are car sound systems?
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It will depend on the car’s size and how much modification it’ll need. Not only will you need to purchase new speakers, a unit and amplifier but you may also need sub woofers and a new head unit. You may be able to purchase all the above for under £500 but the labour on top may cost the same. You’ll need a good mechanic to advise you as the last thing you want is to splash out on a new sound system only to find it’s not that much better to what you have in your car now. Research and join online forums where people give advice out for free and you may find that you can do most of the work yourself requiring only a small part of wiring to be done professionally.

If you do modify your car, even if it’s not noticeable, you must tell your insurance provider as they will want to perform another risk assessment to see if they are willing to continue to provide you with insurance. You can always call up and ask how much your insurance will go up by if you were to go ahead with any changes to the sound system. If your current insurer declines cover, there are other providers who are willing to take you on at the expense of a higher insurance premium.

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gices Published 25 Jun 2011

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