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InstallCard: In-dash Navigation

Prepaid professional installation of an in-dash navigation system

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Not into "do it yourself" car stereo installations? No problem. With this prepaid InstallCard, you can have your in-dash navigation system installed by any professional who's a member of the InstallerNet network — at more than 1,500 locations all across the country. You'll get all the benefits of buying your receiver from Crutchfield, plus the time savings and peace of mind that come with professional installation.

Not into "do it yourself" car stereo installations? No problem. With this prepaid InstallCard, you can have your in-dash navigation system installed by any professional who's a member of the InstallerNet network — at more than 1,500 locations all across the country. You'll get all the benefits of buying your receiver from Crutchfield, plus the time savings and peace of mind that come with professional installation.

Note: InstallCard uses a network of independent contractors who are unaffiliated with Crutchfield, and we are unable to evaluate each individual contractor.

This card covers only the installation of an in-dash navigation receiver and its GPS antenna. The installer will charge you extra for installing any add-on devices (iPod adapter, Bluetooth adapter, satellite radio, steering wheel remote, etc.) that come with your navigation receiver.

How does it work?

Simple. First, enter your zip code to see if there's an InstallCard installer in your area (if you don't see an installer listed, you may wish to call InstallerNet at the number listed below the zip code field. New installers are added to the network frequently, so there may be options available for you that aren't yet listed online). Then, just add this card to your online shopping cart, and proceed through checkout as usual. When you receive the card from us, visit, enter the unique InstallCard number on the back of the card, and schedule your installation with the local shop.


When you arrive for your appointment at your local stereo shop, just hand over the InstallCard, along with the navigation system you've purchased and the Crutchfield invoice that's included in the box with your order, and your installation begins.

You can feel confident about the quality of work — every installer on the InstallerNet network has at least two years' experience and is a Mobile Electronics Certified Professional. InstallerNet feels so strongly about the expertise of their installers that they will warranty the labor of your installation for the life of your vehicle. You'll get all the benefits of buying your gear from Crutchfield, plus you'll save time and gain the peace of mind that comes with professional installation.

What does this card cover?

With this InstallCard, the professional installer will install your new in-dash navigation system . Be sure to read the Details below to see what's covered. Please call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 if you have any questions.

Important Note: Install Cards are not eligible for refunds once installation work is performed.

  • If equipment is determined to be defective during the process of the installation or immediately after while still at the install shop, the installer will swap in its replacement when it arrives at no charge.
  • If the Manufacturer's product becomes defective sometime after the initial installation, and it is determined that the malfunction is not caused by the installation, then the installer will replace the defective unit with a new unit supplied by the customer, and the customer will be responsible for an R&R (removal and reinstallation) charge which will not exceed 50% of the original installation charge.
  • If the customer chooses to remove non-defective equipment (swapping for a different brand, for example), InstallerNet will charge for a completely new installation.

What's in the Box:

  • DVD Navigation InstallCard

Product Highlights:

  • prepaid installation of an in-dash navigation system at your choice of more than 1,500 professional stereo shops
  • InstallCard services are currently available in all 50 states and Puerto Rico; we cannot ship InstallCards outside these areas.
  • to find out if an installer is available in your area, click here to enter your zip code
  • installation of a compatible satellite radio will require extra charges
  • installation labor is warranted for the life of your vehicle
  • Important Note: This installation does not cover modifications to your vehicle. If modifications are required, you may be charged extra for parts and labor at the time of installation. Your installer will inform you of any additional charges before performing the work, so you can approve the charges. Some possible extra charges (parts, labor, or both) include:
    • your vehicle features OnStar (or a similar factory security system), the audio portion of which is broadcast through the factory radio, and the installation of your new system requires replacement of the security-system modules
    • the factory wiring or dashboard have been cut or damaged as the result of a previous non-professional installation, or theft
    • your premium factory system (Bose, Infinity, Monsoon, etc.) requires bypassing with an extra wiring harness
    • no installation kit is available for your vehicle, and the installer is required to fabricate a custom-mounting bracket
    • your vehicle has factory steering-wheel controls, and you'd like your new system to work with them
    • your vehicle requires optional mounting brackets or significant, additional labor due to a complex dash disassembly/reassembly process
  • warranty: 60 days

InstallCard: In-dash Navigation Reviews

Average Customer Review:

20 Reviews

install card for payment

rick518 from Tulsa, OK on 7/11/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

they gave me names of shops to install my gps radio

Pros: shop accepted card in full for install an did a great job and warranted install for life with contacts in other states if needed

Cons: none

Installation of navigation system

Dys from Marlton, NJ on 6/8/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good experience.

Pros: Atleast you know that it comes with product so peace of mind

Cons: Can't purchase card with backup camera installation

dissatisfied customer

RonG from Orlando, fl on 5/17/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Vendor was not dependable, missed many appointments.

Pros: Non

Cons: Check your vendor reviews

what you see is whar you get

spudrunner01 from Mountain Home, ID on 1/15/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just pay for the card

Pros: Pay for the card and there were no extra charges

Cons: None

Great gift

Koolaid from Sharon Hill, PA on 6/18/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The install card is a great idea

Pros: Nice package deal

Cons: It depends on the installer chosen

Installcard = BAD DEAL!

Love_Crutchfield_Hate_Installcard from Maine on 4/19/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This Installcard is not something I would ever do again. Installernet adds a hefty premium on top of what the installer actually charges so if you simply found your own installer you'd pay much less. In my case the installer told me he'd ordinarily have charged less than the amount of the install card for my job. What made matters worse, the installer delivered my vehicle with a nasty noise problem and wanted me to schedule a 2nd appointment to correct. I ended up taking my dash apart and fixing it myself.

Pros: Thought installer would be qualified the the value and quality standards I expect from Crutchfield.

Cons: Over-charged for under-quality! Installer delivered my vehicle with a nasty noise problem which I ended up fixing myself.

Good Choice

JohnK from Windsor Mill, Md on 3/27/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I would normally replace a radio on my own, but adding GPS and the microphone made me decide to go with a professional. They know the best location for the antenna and can run the new wiring faster and cleaner than I could. They did the installation quickly and were very professional.. They even gave me the tour of the unit when it was done, including setting up my home GPS location and the first few radio stations.

Pros: Very professional and helpful

Cons: I was a little unsure of setting up an appointment with an unknown company before I was notified who would be doing the work.

A Real Treat - Excellent Service - A Must Buy

pflugerbird from Austin, TX on 2/11/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Was given many choices for an installation professional - I chose the one where they come to your location to install - I was totally blown away - Very friendly and knowledgeable gentleman did an excellent job - Looked like a factory install in all respects. I checked prices around my area for similar services and it was right in line with the price of the card. If it's complicated or you don't want to do it yourself - this is an outstanding buy.

Pros: Many choices of reputable professional installers - One that comes to your location is AWESOME!

Cons: None - Price is competitive - service was excellent - can't go wrong.

Las Vegas Installer Bad Bad Bad

Unclejay from Las Vegas on 10/9/2011

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Local installer was a window tint shop, they aren't fit for dash installs. They scratched my dash in 3 places, head unit fell behind dash TWICE, and they insisted on putting the Sirius antenna under the dash result, I have lousy reception, I will have to pay for a new dash panel and a re-install somewhere else. They never did get my iPod going, I had to fiddle for 2 hours to get it to work (took a reset ) Very unhappy




Mario from Miami FL on 5/24/2011

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The intallation was fast, and without a problem, the installer was very good and experienced i am very happy with the service



InstallCard: In-dash Navigation

Fred from Brooksville FL on 3/14/2011

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Service was excellant



Professional installation

Hoc Q Do from Union CIty, California on 1/17/2011

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I got my JVC KW-N3HDT installed by a local shop. They are very friendly and work with you anyway that to your fullest satisfaction. Even after two previous NAVi unit failed to boot up. The third one final work and it have many functions. very fast navi and easy to use, blue-tooth is very easy to pair, HD radio is included, satelitte radio is optional, back up camera is also optional and works great when you put vehicle in reverse and detachable face is great for the security. Update is very easy to install, by SD flash card.



don't bother

Bababooey from Houston, TX on 11/15/2010

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I tried to set up an appointment for three days. I called and sent 3 emails. All went unanswered. I needed to have install done before the wife came back to town and I explained in emails. Trying to get these guys on the phone was a joke. Finally made an tmappoinent myself which was done when I needed. Great install. .




Michele from Santa Clarita, CA on 10/28/2010

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I liked the idea of having a Cruchfield recommendation for the installer since I didn't have any place in mind. The install shop was not only close to my home, but they were great to work with. They were able to meet the date and time I requested, plus they gave me lots of information about the unit and accessories I purchased. I ended up buying speakers from them and they installed everything quickly and perfectly. They even helped me set up my phone and iPod once it was done. I'd definitely go back to them again!



InstallCard: In-dash Navigation

MikeF from Glen Rose, TX on 9/26/2010

Simple, handy, no hassle - what more could you want!



Good idea bad place

lotzobru from Mira Mesa, CA on 2/16/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I liked the idea of this card, but the place that hooked my unit up was not that great with customer service. They scratched my lower dash and denied that they did it, then charged me for the instalation of the rear view camera. I think that you should be able to see the place that is going to be installing the unit before you go there.



InstallCard: In-dash Navigation

NJZGuy from New Jersey on 9/13/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If you're having a lot of gear installed as I did (head unit, four speakers, two-speaker sub-woofer unit and amp) and have little or no audio installation experience, I highly recommend the InstallCard services, which can save you money and potential grief getting everything hooked up. Note that your actual installation experience may vary depending on which InstallNet audio shop in your area that you choose. If any additional work is required, you'll have to pay out of pocket for it, of course. I wasn't comfortable with the first installation site I picked. So I called InstallNet and they set up an appointment without any hassles with another local shop that I felt more comfortable entrusting my car with, that did a great job with my install. Just watching the guys that did the install, I saw that there were so many areas where even with the instructions, I could have made some costly mistakes that would have required paying more than once to "get the job done right" if I did it myself-not to mention that it would have taken me days instead of the five hours it took them to complete the install.



Who certifies these installers?

Erik from Raleigh, NC on 3/3/2008

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I bought a Pioneer in-dash navigation unit, w/ Bluetooth, iPod adapter, and HD tuner to install in our new Acadia. It is a new car and I thought I'd save time and headache by purchasing this card and letting a "professional" do the installation. What a BIG mistake! I showed up for my appointment and was told it would take 4 hours to do the install. I thought this was rather long, but I figured they were taking extra time to make sure everything was right. I waited for the 4 hours and when I asked how much longer the install would take, I was told that they hadn't even started on it! Thanks for the heads-up there buddy! Peeved and having no more time to wait, I said I would have it there first thing the next morning. I drop my car off at 9 the next morning, this time they tell me it will be 2 o'clock until they are done. I get a call at 11:30 from the tech telling me he needs some help finishing the install. Are you kidding? When I arrived, he said he couldn't get the HD tuner to work and that he tried to call Crutchfield, waited on hold for 30 min and gave up. I knew better and by this time, I wanted my car back as soon as possible so I call Crutchfield and I am talking to a very helpful tech within 5-10 min. We finally determine that I have a defective HD tuner and Crutchfield had another one to me within 2 days. Needless to say I installed it myself as well as reconfiguring the Bluetooth unit because that was hooked up improperly! I love Crutchfield and I hate that this buisiness is associated with them.



Professionally Done But Not Well Explained

Bill from Chicago, Illinois on 3/2/2008

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I had the AVIC -D3X professionally installed and the installer did a great job. My only complaint is that he forgot to tell me that I needed to have my parking brake pulled (in place) for many of the navigation items to work, including inputting the destination and setting up the system. (This is actually a safety item, so that the car is not rolling when these items are being inserted.) I did call both Crutchfield and the installer card group the next morning who were quick to tell me about the parking brake. I was able to figure everything else out by myself, and it now runs extremely well. It took the installer roughly 3.5 hours to complete the installation, including reciever, bluetooth and IPOD adapter. It now looks like it was part of the original car. If you are uncertain about installing this rather complicated piece of hardware yourself, using a professional installer is the way to go.



Worth every penny!

Anonymous from San Diego, CA on 10/14/2007

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was really nervous about buying this card, thinking they would send me to some run down place in a bad part of town with a generic name like "Joe's Audio" or something. But I was 100% wrong! They hooked me up with one of the best custom shops in San Diego - and the install looks amazing! Everyone there was helpful, and took time after the install to show me everything about my system and exactly where everything was put. Very high quality. I got the card for $199 and got an install worth easily $500. What a great deal!




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Overview: With this InstallCard (42-1018) a professional installer will install a Mobile Video Player with Navigation into your vehicle. Installation includes removing the factory or aftermarket stereo system and mounting the unit in-dash or in an overhead console (where applicable), installing the GPS Antenna and connecting the unit to existing speakers or amplifier. Installation does not include mounting brackets or wiring adapter harnesses which may be extra. Visit for more information.

Disclaimers: This InstallCard (42-1018) does not include the following installation costs:

  • If the factory wires or dashboard have been cut or damaged due to a previous non-professional installation or theft.
  • Onstar and some other factory security system play through the factory radio and the installation of an after factory stereo may require replacement modules.
  • Installation of an external Bluetooth microphone, SiriusXM tuner, or steering wheel remote interface will require additional installation charges.
  • If the in-dash DVD player has a satellite antenna that has to be mounted on the dashboard or the exterior of the vehicle.
  • In most cases the in-dash DVD player will also take the place of an existing car stereo. In some vehicles, this will require a non-standard installation or rewiring a factory amplifier or steering wheel controls.
  • Some vehicles may require optional mounting brackets or additional labor due to the complexity of the existing radio removal.
  • If the in-dash monitor or headrest has either an optional or required video input that is not built into the unit and has to be mounted separately in the vehicle (such as a Playstation, DVD or VCR, for example).
  • Most headrest units will have a wireless FM modulator that will play the sound through the vehicle's stereo system. If you don't have an FM mod.and you would like one hardwired to the vehicle, there will be additional parts and labor.
  • This InstallCard covers a single pre-loaded headrest and not a pair of headrests.

Installation Warranty: Each installation performed using an InstallCard comes with a nationwide limited lifetime labor warranty. If at any time, the installed product becomes inoperable due to a faulty installation the installer will correct the problem at no charge.

Defective Equipment: If the equipment is found to be defective at the time of installation, the installer will remove the defective unit and reinstall a replacement unit (supplied by the customer) at no additional charge. If the installed equipment fails later, after leaving the installation shop, and it is determined that the malfunction is not caused by the installation, the installer will remove and replace the defective unit with a new unit supplied by the customer, and the customer will be responsible for a removal and reinstallation charge which will not exceed 50% of the original installation charge.

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Didn'twant to do it myself! [ Michael  May 25, 2016 ]

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For details on fit or installation please contact an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to pull up your vehicle and give you the details on if this will fit and what you will need for an installation in your vehicle. [ Krissy  Aug 28, 2015 ]  Staff

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