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Car Audio Installation Shops – Not All Are Created Equal

When it comes to choosing a car audio installation shop, you have to be very careful as some may end up costing you more money than you bargain for.  Here are a few tips that will help you choose a shop that will get the work done and won’t rob you blind in the process.

* How Long Have They Been In Business?

It seems pretty basic, but many consumers won’t even ask this and they’ll choose a shop just because it “looks” like they know what they’re doing.

That’s a big NO, NO.  First find out how long they’ve been in business.  As a good rule of thumb, you want to make sure they’ve been in business for at least 3 years.  If they’ve been in business longer, then it’s a good indication that they are profitable and probably thriving through word-of-mouth referrals from happy customers.

* Do They Do Clean Work?

This one is tricky because everyone will tell you that they do, but if you take the time to look up reviews like in or, you’ll find if people are complaining about the mess they did in their car.

These are good sources to help you do your due diligence.  Make sure you completely investigate a shop before you hand them your hard-earned money.

* Can They Clean Another Shop’s Mess?

This one is important because if you choose a good shop, they will have the skill, knowledge, and training to clean up another shop’s mess.

* Is The Owner Accessible To Customers?

Now, here’s where most shops fail.  The owner is usually too busy to meet and greet his own customers.  He’s forgotten that it’s his customers who made him a success and his customers are now just a number to him.

If you find a shop with that kind of attitude, do yourself a favor and run the other way.  You’ll be thanking me later for that advice.

Well, there you have it, four simple tips to help you find a quality audio installation shop in your own local area.
Arturo Arroyo has been making and installing custom car audio equipment for over 7 years. His installers average over 25 years of installation experience and can pretty much make create anything you can imagine. Contact them if you have questions or for a free quote.

Custom Made Car Audio Subwoofer Boxes… Why So Important?

Have you ever seen a truly beautiful, custom car audio sub-woofer box? If you have, hopefully it left a lasting impression on you.  Most of the time, if the job was done right, anyone looking at the job is left with total amazement.

You can easily walk into an electronics store or even a music store and see all these pre-made sub-woofer boxes.  They’re an OK solution, if you don’t care how it’s going to look in your car once it’s in.

However, if you want to go with that “WOW!” factor, you really have to get a box that cusom made for your car.

You see, if you get a custom made job, the installer will cut out the pieces of wood to fit your car precisely so that it looks as if the sound system is built into your car.  It simply blends in beautifully.

Custom Car Audio Subwoofer Box

It won’t look messy and unattractive as if you just bought a box and threw it in the trunk.

Simply go to and type in the term “car audio” and you’ll see hundres of beautiful custom made car audio installation boxes.  Notice that may are made to look as if it’s part of the car.  In other words, it simply blends into the vehicle.

A professional and skilled car audio installtion shop that makes custom sub-woofer boxes would have no problem creating the samples you see on google.  Simply print one of those images, bring it to a car audio installation shop that does custom car audio boxes and ask them if they can re-create something similar.

If they have the experience and skill, they’ll be able to do it with no problem. If they can’t do it, then keep shopping around until you find someone that can.

That way, you’ll be happy with your new custom made subwoofer box and especially with the way it looks.

Arturo Arroyo has been making and installing custom made car audio subwoofer boxes for over 7 years. His installers average over 25 years of installation experience and can pretty much make create anything you can imagine. Contact them if you have questions or for a free quote.

Car Alarm Installation Tips From A Professional

Many times, choosing a car alarm installation for your vehicle can be a truly confusing task, but if you know what’s available, then you can make it a fun experience.  Let’s talk about the features available and how you can choose what you really need.

Brand Name: First, you have to ask yourself, which brand do I want to go for?  There are many out there, such as Python, Viper, Hornet, Crimestopper, and Cobra.  Funny how they all seem to have snake names.

They all have different features and different capabilities.  Keep in mind these are not the only brands out there, these are just a few that come to mind.  But when you choose an alarm, always go with a trusted brand name because you can really lose money going with generic ones that aren’t really backed up by a trusted company.

Features: The next thing you want to consider are the features you want your alarm system to have. Here are some of the standard ones. You can make it so that when you activate your alarm, your car doors lock.  And when you deactivate, the doors unlock.  These are the most common standard features that all alarms have.

However, some features like Automatic Car Start are only available on the higher end ones.  Basically, you can start your car from inside your house with the alarm remote.  That makes it very convienient when it’s hot outside and you want you car to be cool when you get in it… or vice versa.

Certified Shop: The next thing you want to do is call a car alarm installation shop and ask them if their installers are certfied installation professionals.  You don’t want to go to a shop that’s only been in business for 5 months and whose installer have no real experience.  They’ll most likely end up making a mess and shorting your car out.

When you contact the shop, ask them which car alarm brands they carry and which one they recommend.  Listen to their recommendation because many times they’ll give you some good tips or highlight some features you may not have thought of.

If you stick to these simple tips, you’ll have a good experience and you’ll most likely enjoy of your car alarm system for many years to come.

Arturo Arroyo has been professionally installing car alarm systems in the San Diego Area for over 7 years. His certified, professional installers average over 25 years of installation experience in car alarm installation and car audio installation services. Contact Arturo if you have any more questions or for a free quote.

Car Audio Installation Guidelines To Follow

When it comes to choosing a car audio installation shop, you really want to make sure you follow some simple guidelines that will help you make it a hassle-free experience.

First, you want to make sure that the installers are certified installers.  It seems silly, but many shops will get anyone off the street that claims to know how to install a sound system or an alarm system, but they won’t test them to see if they really know what they’re doing.

Second, make sure the shop owner has been in business doing car audio installations for at least three years.  Why?  Simply because most businesses fail within their first year, so if the shop has been in business for three years, that means they are certainly doing something right.

Third, since they’ve been in business this long, check out any reviews or complaints that customers have left for them.  The really gives you some clues as to the kind of customer service they may offer and if they do a neat job as well.

Finally, ask then if they do custom work for their customers.  Most of the time, doing custom work requires specialized skills and if they have those skills, you stand a good chance of being able to walk away much more happy with your work.

These guidelines may seem like common sense, but for most people they aren’t.  Many would never think of asking such questions and after a shop works on their car, they are totally sorry they went there.

So make sure you do your due dilligence and make sure you choose a shop that will custom install your system for you, that way, you’ll be a happy camper all the way.


Arturo Arroyo has been professionally installing custom car audio equipment and accessories in the San Diego area for over 7 years.  As the owner of Big Boyz Car Audio, He knows what makes customers happy, but most importantly, he can deliver. Contact him at his Car Audio Installation page if you have any questions… or for a free quote.