Installing car stereo gear yourself is a satisfying experience. It saves you money, as you won't have to pay someone to do it, and most customers feel a great sense of accomplishment that makes the effort worth it. You might even find that it's not as hard as you'd expected.
Whatever your level of experience, we can help with your installation — and save you even more money. Here's how:
When you buy a receiver or speakers from us, we'll send you a set of installation instructions, such as our detailed, illustrated MasterSheets, which we create from our own meticulous research. Instructions are available for most vehicles.
When you buy a car stereo from us, you'll get a free installation gear package worth up to $50, or you'll save $50 on installation packages worth over $50. You can also save 50% on select installation tools with a new stereo. Installation gear is available for most vehicles.
When you buy a set of speakers from us, we'll send you free wiring harnesses and mounting brackets for your vehicle. These harnesses and brackets are required and available for most vehicles.
Our Virginia-based support specialists will take the time to talk to you through installation snags, troubleshooting, or everyday use. And you can call them toll-free 7 days a week, for the life of everything you buy from us.
When you enter your vehicle into our Outfit My Carsm tool, you'll be able to shop from filtered lists of the products, such as receivers and speakers, that we know fit or work with your vehicle. You'll also be able to find more ”universal“ products, like amplifiers and subwoofers, that can be installed in just about any vehicle.
Just about every car on the road these days features a factory stereo. To help you find compatible aftermarket replacements, we've disassembled the dashes and door panels of tens of thousands of vehicles, measured the spaces where these factory stereos and speakers, and loaded our findings into our massive fit database. Our system then compares these measurements to the dimensions of a given receiver or speaker to determine of the product will fit in the factory location.
Check out Essential stereo and speaker information for your car above to get an idea of the kinds of vehicle information our research team gathers.
A green check means that a product fits your car's factory openings without requiring any modification to your car.
A yellow warning triangle indicates that a product will fit if you make a minor modification, such as trimming plastic in the dash or drilling new holes for speakers in your door panels.
A red caution sign means that a product is larger than one or more dimensions of a factory mounting location (for speakers, key dimensions include more than just cone size) and will not fit.
Sometimes we say that a product works with your vehicle. This means that it doesn't necessarily fit in a factory location, but that it's designed to be compatible with your vehicle's electronics or interior design. Compatible products include products like adapters (for Bluetooth or smartphone control, for example) that plug into your vehicle's stereo wiring harness and device holders mounts in a specific spot on the dash.
We also carry a wide range of products that are designed to work exclusively with specific vehicles. See below to learn more.
At Crutchfield, we know that if you're going to install your own stereo, you'll need two things: to know that the one you're interested in fits in your car, and to get the installation parts and instructions that make the job easier and give you professional results. Unless, of course, you're an experienced installer and are doing a fully custom job, in which case, we'd like you to share the results with us!
With most orders, you'll also get a set of vehicle-specific instructions, such as our exclusive MasterSheets, which offer step-by-step guidance and detailed illustrations or photos, created from the info gathered by our vehicle research team. They're available for thousands of vehicles.
Many car A/V products we describe as “universal,” in that there aren't dedicated factory locations for them. With many of these products, you'll have to check your vehicle for available space, and carefully plan your installation in advance. The most common include:
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