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GPS & Car Accessories: Articles & Videos

Introduction to GPS Navigation

Introduction to GPS Navigation

by Dominic Devito

An introduction to the different types of in-car navigation systems: in-dash, plug-and-play, remote-mount, portable, and marine.

 
Video: Bluetooth in Your Car

Video: Bluetooth in Your Car

by Todd Cabell

Bluetooth® hands-free calling can be a great benefit in the car, especially when it's integrated into your car stereo. Watch this video for a quick look at what it takes to add hands-free talking and wireless music streaming to your car stereo.

 
Portable Navigator Shopping Guide

Portable Navigator Shopping Guide

by Dominic Devito

Learn which key features to look for on portable navigators, so you can make the best decision about which one works for you.

 
How to choose car security

How to choose car security

by Crutchfield Writing Team

In choosing a security system for your car, it helps to know basically how they work and what security and remote start features are available.

 
How to Choose a Radar Detector

How to Choose a Radar Detector

by Robert Ferency-Viars

The freedom to relax and drive with confidence — that's what a radar detector can give you. Today's models combine simple design with modern technology. They offer affordable, convenient protection, often from driving hazards as well as tickets.

 
In-dash Navigation Shopping Guide

In-dash Navigation Shopping Guide

by Dominic Devito

A quick guide to what to look for when shopping for an in-dash GPS navigation system.

 
Video: Parrot ASTEROID Mini In-Car Multimedia System

Video: Parrot ASTEROID Mini In-Car Multimedia System

by Zak Billmeier

Parrot's ASTEROID Mini multimedia system with Bluetooth offers you the same handy features you'll find in their ASTEROID in-dash digital media receiver, but with a 3.2" screen that you can mount on your dash or another convenient location in your vehicle.

 
Charting the Decline of Factory Speakers

Charting the Decline of Factory Speakers

by Matt Freeman

Factory speakers usually sound fine when they're new, but they deteriorate over time. We compared speakers of different ages to see how badly they fared.

 
Car Speakers: What's Going To Fit My Car?

Car Speakers: What's Going To Fit My Car?

by Ken Nail

Getting the right speakers to fit your car doesn't have to be confusing, thanks to Crutchfield's extensive research and database.

 
12 Tips for Getting the Best Sound Quality in Your Car

12 Tips for Getting the Best Sound Quality in Your Car

by Jeff Fay

A car can be a great place to enjoy music, but many commuters still put up with marginal sound quality that they'd never tolerate at home. Here are some tips on how to improve your vehicle's sound, whether you're listening on a simple factory system or a multi-channel amplified setup.

 
Radar Detectors FAQ

Radar Detectors FAQ

by Robert Ferency-Viars

What is sensitivity? How does it differ from selectivity? What is the range of the radar detectors Crutchfield offers? Or, how far away will they pick up a radar signal? How much more range can be expected when stepping up to a detector described as increasing sensitivity? How do detectors offering "Shadow Technology" differ from "stealth" units? How often do radar detectors false? Plus more...

 
Video: What to Look for in Portable GPS

Video: What to Look for in Portable GPS

by Dominic Devito

Don't settle for a basic, run-of-the-mill portable navigation device. Watch this video for a quick overview of the best and newest features in portable navigation.

 
Video: Installing a Thule Force Cargo Carrier

Video: Installing a Thule Force Cargo Carrier

by Video Guest

Thule's Force cargo carriers offers value, storage space, plus all the conveniences you want in a rooftop carrier. The diamond-textured AeroSkin lid is built to last, and the aerodynamic shape helps cut through the air.

 
Video: Rockin' RV Installation

Video: Rockin' RV Installation

by Robert Ferency-Viars

A customer came to us with a problem: he wasn't happy with the lack of sound and the old TVs in his RV. Our installation crew came to the rescue, designing a new system to turn his hum-drum highway time into a rockin' roll down the open road.

 
How do I get Bluetooth® in my car?

How do I get Bluetooth® in my car?

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Bluetooth® wireless technology can be a great benefit in the car, where we tend to juggle gadgets plugged into the stereo. Find out what it takes to add hands-free talking and wireless music streaming to your car stereo.

 
Craig W's 1999 Fleetwood Discovery

Craig W's 1999 Fleetwood Discovery

by John Pollard

Craig, a Crutchfield customer, came to our Charlottesville, VA, retail store with a conundrum: he loves his RV and takes it on trips with his family quite frequently, but he was less than impressed by its old tube televisions and lack of an audio system. Our retail store came to the rescue.

 
Car Security Installation Guide

Car Security Installation Guide

by Buck Pomerantz

Installing a car security system is a complex task. There are nearly a dozen separate components and sensors to place, wires to run, and connections to make. This guide will walk you through the installation process by explaining the steps involved and helping you lay out a plan of action.

 
Bluetooth® for home and car audio

Bluetooth® for home and car audio

by Ralph Graves

An introduction to Bluetooth features for home and car audio/video gear, including NFC, aptX, speakerphones, headsets, and sports options.

 
Radar Detectors Glossary

Radar Detectors Glossary

by Robert Ferency-Viars

Learn about the features and technical specifications found in today's radar detectors.

 
Video: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, part 2

Video: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, part 2

by Robert Ferency-Viars, Ken Nail

Just because you can't replace your vehicle's factory stereo doesn't mean you have to live with a poor sound system. In this short video, Crutchfield experts take a look at how a fellow employee created a high-performance car audio system.