Depending on the budget and what one is looking to do, there are a wide variety of options. One of the main components to replace or upgrade would be the head unit. In most cases, the factory stereo only includes a radio. Purchasing a new head unit can add new features and options to the car. These can include navigation systems, satellite radio, the ability to input devices such as MP3 players and more.
To truly improve the sound quality, new car speakers may be in order. Factory speakers are usually quite inexpensive and produce poor sound quality. Simply replacing these can make a huge difference. The addition of small tweeters and car subwoofers will also drastically improve the sound.
Finally, car amplifiers can be added to increase the power and capability of the car stereo. An amplifier is not necessary just to have extremely loud music. For high end stereos, an amplifier will make a huge difference in sound quality and performance.
When it comes to upgrading the stereo system and purchasing the equipment, caution should be taken so that the best quality products at the right price are purchased. One does not necessarily need to buy the most expensive or loudest system that is available. The features, the components and their ability to perform as desired is most important. By looking at reviews of the products, one should be able to make a well informed decision. If purchasing the equipment from the installer, getting talked into getting components that are not necessary should be avoided. It does not need to be the newest, loudest and most expensive stereo.
The actual installation of the equipment is important as this needs to be done properly and correctly. For the person who is unfamiliar with installation, having a professional do the work may be wise.
In choosing the installer, a person needs to ensure that he will provide quality work that is guaranteed. Any reputable installer should stand behind his work and offer some form of a limited warranty on the job. A respectable installer will also be the one who comes highly rated and be willing to offer names of previous customers who are willing to give honest recommendations. If he is not willing to provide this, he may be hiding something and it is best to look elsewhere for the service.
For the person who is looking to save a little bit of money and do the installation at home, there are a number of different kits and options for this. Many car stereo systems can be purchased with mounting hardware that is specifically designed for the particular make and model of the vehicle. With some patience and careful work, the car owner should be able to successfully install his own stereo equipment.
The factory stereo in the car is not of the best quality. Anybody that spends even the smallest amount of time in the vehicle should consider upgrading the equipment. It will be an investment that is well worth it.