Articles & Videos: GPS & Car Accessories

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.

Car security FAQ
by Crutchfield Writing Team

How difficult is it to install one of your car security systems? Which harnesses are available for my vehicle? Which system is best for me? What's a relay and how do I know if I need one? Plus more...

Whether you're shopping for a new stereo and want to make sure that you'll get the best experience when using your iPod or iPhone in the car, or if you just want to add iPod controls to a stereo you already have, this article will help.

Subwoofer Installation Guide
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Thinking about boosting the bass in your car or truck? Here are a few basic things you'll need to know to install a subwoofer in your vehicle.

Car security glossary
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Learn about the features and specs found in car security systems.

Life with a factory stereo
by Charlie Pastorfield

Many new vehicles incorporate climate controls and other features into their factory radios, making it difficult to install a new stereo. Car stereo manufacturers have responded with a variety of products for upgrading your factory radio. Don't want to replace your radio? Charlie Pastorfield reviews some of your options.

Bluetooth technology in your car is a great step up in convenience, but it may end up being a necessity depending on where you live. Many states are working on legislature requiring headsets or hands-free technology to talk on the phone while driving. This article explains how the laws are enforced, and how you can find out about the laws in your state.

Driver distraction is a growing concern. At Crutchfield, we want to help you use and enjoy the fun car audio/video gear we sell, and we want you to stay safe while using it on the go. We've compiled a list of common-sense tips to help manage distractions while you're on the road.

Make your drive easier by being aware of the traffic ahead. This article gives you a quick overview of live traffic information services for use with portable and in-dash navigation devices.

Bluetooth isn't just about hands-free calling. It also gives you wireless music streaming from smartphones and other Bluetooth devices. In this article, Crutchfield walks you through what you need to know to about using Bluetooth in the car.

Video: Upgrading Your Factory Stereo, part 3
by Robert Ferency-Viars, Ken Nail

You don't need to feel like you're stuck with the few features that happen to be built into your factory stereo. In this short video, Crutchfield experts explain how easy it can be to add the options you want, like iPod control or hands-free calling, to your factory stereo.

Tips on installing a navigation system
by Crutchfield Writing Team

Some GPS navigation units mount in the dash, while others install in a remote location, separate from the car's sound system. No matter what type of navigation device you purchase, here are some installation topics to consider before getting to work.

Factory speakers are not built to last, so over time they'll deteriorate to the point where they sound truly awful. We set up a blind listening test in our Labs and invited some of our most critical listeners to drop by and see if they could tell a difference in the sound.

Now you can get OnStar® in almost any car. The OnStar FMV is a replacement for your vehicle's rear-view mirror, and gives you access to OnStar services like Automatic Crash Response, Roadside Assistance, and Turn-by-Turn Navigation. You'll also get Bluetooth for hands-free calling. OnStar has well-trained, friendly Advisors just a tap of a button away if you need them, 24 hours a day.

Car stereo installation guide
by Robert Ferency-Viars

This installation guide walks you through the process of installing a new in-dash receiver in your car.

Car amplifier buying guide
by Buck Pomerantz

This guide will help you choose the right amplifier - number of channels and how many watts per channel - for your sound system.

One of the best tools in the fight against cold temperatures is a remote start system for your car - so when it's freezing outside, your vehicle will be all toasty and ready to roll when you get in it.

Subwoofers are speakers dedicated solely to reproducing low frequencies. No matter what kind of music you like, or how loud you like it, a quality sub can really improve your overall listening experience.

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