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InstallCard: Bluetooth Stereo

Prepaid professional installation of an in-dash receiver with Bluetooth®

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Our take on the InstallCard: Bluetooth Stereo

by Ken Nail

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

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 www.installcard.com, enter the unique InstallCard number on the back of the card, and schedule your installation with the local shop.

Installation
When you arrive for your appointment at your local stereo shop, just hand over the InstallCard, along with the in-dash stereo you've purchased and your Crutchfield invoice (it will be included in the box with your order), and your installation begins. And you can feel confident about the quality of work — every installer on the InstallerNet Network has at least two years' experience and is MECP (Mobile Electronics Certified Professional) certified. 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.

What does this card cover?
With this InstallCard, the professional installer will remove your existing in-dash stereo and install your new Bluetooth receiver (or receiver with Bluetooth adapter). The installer will mount the external microphone (if one is included with your receiver), and will pair up the receiver with your Bluetooth phone. 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.

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Highlights:

  • prepaid installation of an in-dash Bluetooth receiver (including mounting an external microphone) 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.
  • 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) may result if:
    • your in-dash stereo includes a satellite antenna that must be mounted on the exterior of your vehicle;
    • 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 a new in-dash stereo 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 in-dash stereo to work with them;
    • your vehicle requires optional mounting brackets or significant, additional labor due to a complex dash disassembly/reassembly process.

Important Note: Install Cards are not eligible for refunds once they are activated.

  • 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 remove and reinstall the equipment 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), Installer Net will charge for a completely new installation.

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Features

Overview: This InstallCard (42-1020) covers the basic installation labor for a professional Mobile Electronics installer to install an aftermarket car stereo with Bluetooth in-dash. The new stereo will be wired with a vehicle-specific radio harness and antenna cable, and mounted with a vehicle-specific dash kit. For Bluetooth, the external microphone will be mounted, cable routed, and your Bluetooth enabled phone paired. The basic installation labor will not cover additional wiring to bypass a factory amplifier, steering wheel control or Onstar type module. This InstallCard does not cover the parts needed for a professional installation; only the labor.

Disclaimers: This InstallCard (42-1000) does not include the following installation costs:

  • If the in-dash stereo has a satellite antenna that has to be mounted on the exterior of the vehicle.
  • Onstar and some other factory security system play through the factory radio and the installation of an aftermarket stereo may require replacement modules.
  • If the factory wires or dashboard has been cut or damaged due to a previous not professional installation or theft.
  • Some vehicle will require additional amplifier bypass harness to rewiring a factory amplifier along with additional labor, for example vehicles that have factory Bose, Infinity or other premium sound system.
  • If there is no installation kit available for your dash and the installer may have to fabricate a custom-mounting bracket.
  • To make any factory steering wheel controls work with an aftermarket radio will require additional parts and labor.
  • Some vehicles may require optional mounting brackets or additional labor due to the complexity of the existing radio removal. For example some cars require the disassemble of a large portion of the dashboard just to remove the radio.
  • European cars, such as BMW, Mercedes, Audi etc. and some exotic vehicles may need additional labor due to the complexity of their wiring.

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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5 out of 5

Excellent Value, flawless installation.

Written By sal m., Islip, NY on Sunday, June 01, 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised at the professionalism, and knowledge of the installer provided through this service. On purchasing this "Install Card", I was a bit apprehensive as to the quality of this service. Once again, Crutchfield came through with stellar customer service. I was contacted by the installer quickly, and we set up an appointment time of my choice. He even came to my home for the installation, which was convenient for me. The installer arrived at the agreed on time, and was both personable and knowledgeable. He made suggestions which were useful and informational to me. He took an appropriate amount of time to do a neat and complete installation, while testing everything to make sure it was functioning properly. I was elated with the experience from start to finish. I would recommend this service to anyone who purchases any electronics from Crutchfield. As handy as I am with seemingly mundane tasks, i would have severely botched this whole job, had I tried this installation myself. In my opinion it pays to leave the expert work to the experts.
Pros:
Quick, timely, expert installation. Professional and knowledgeable installer. Great value for the price.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Best way up get installation

Written By J winkler, Flower Mound, Texas on Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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Such a great way to get your installation done. They came right yo my house and sit the install in my driveway.
Pros:
Easy to deal with and didn't charge me when he had to trim out the sub dash to fit correctly
Cons:
It took installer net 5 days to get back to me but the installer was very busy.
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5 out of 5

Great experience

Written By OldGnome, Riverview, FL on Monday, March 17, 2014
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The shop delivered as promised, quickly and my car was clean when I got it back. You can't ask for more than that.
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5 out of 5

InstallCard Bluetooth stereo

Written By Anonymous, Bridgewater nj on Saturday, February 01, 2014
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Smooth and easy. Good number of installer choices in my area. Dropped off car with gear and prepaid install credit card. Picked up cleanly installed unit later. Online choices and self scheduling very convenient
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5 out of 5

Bluetooth Stereo Install

Written By Andy, Doylestown, PA on Thursday, January 09, 2014
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Bought my wife a new Kenwood stereo with Bluetooth + Sirius XM for Christmas. I purchased an installer net certificate and had the stereo installed yesterday by a local company. Everything went very smoothly; the installation job was excellent and my wife is now happily streaming music to her car stereo instead of using a mess of cables and other kludges we had in place before.
Pros:
Saved me trying to do something I have no idea how to do. Professional job.
Cons:
Sirrius XM and Steering Wheel Control installs were extra and not included in the installer net card for the stereo purchase. I don't consider that unfair; it's just something to keep in mind if you decide to go this route.
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5 out of 5

Flawless

Written By JinDE, Delaware on Sunday, January 05, 2014
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Was a bit concerned about the Install Net card because I didn't know which installers might be participating. However my concerns were relieved and the local installer was very professional and did an excellent job. I highly recommend the Install Net card - it takes the complexity, worry, and installation price out of the purchase decision allowing you to focus on selecting the right product.
Pros:
Easy.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

InstallCard - Fast and easy!

Written By Karen in Conifer, CO, Conifer, CO on Friday, January 03, 2014
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I was a bit nervous about purchasing a stereo online, and purchasing the "InstallCard", and not knowing anything about the company that would install the product. It was a great experience! The installers were professional and friendly.
Pros:
Easy! Professional Knowledgeable no lines to stand in at Chirstmas
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Nice to have on a cold winter day

Written By RobS, Manchester, MD on Thursday, December 26, 2013
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Much better than installing myself on the day after Christmas in the cold and snow. Very helpful to have quick professional installation.
Pros:
I was able to activate the card before the stereo arrived, so that I could arrange an appointment for the day after Christmas.
Cons:
Installer forgot to hook up the power antenna wire, but took care of it right away when we took the car back to them.
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5 out of 5

InstallCard Bluetooth Stereo

Written By Marty, Miami Florida on Friday, September 27, 2013
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Excellent connection and instant communication
Pros:
Great service and no hassle
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Efficient & reasonable

Written By WJ, Chattanooga, TN on Wednesday, September 04, 2013
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It all worked for Me! Smooth! Saved $$
Pros:
Saved $$ from three other estimates!
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Almost perfect - Would purchase again

Written By MaryH, Laingsburg, MI on Sunday, August 11, 2013
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Turn-around time for getting an appointment was excellent, service was fast & pleasant. Only down side was that, after installation, I had no idea how to sync my cell phone to the stereo, which buttons did what,etc. Installer said "the manual's in the box in the back seat".
Pros:
Fast, professional service.
Cons:
Would've been nice if they'd taken a minute to review the new system with me, and/or help sync the bluetooth.
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5 out of 5

InstallCard: Bluetooth Stereo

Written By Anonymous, Mitchellville, MD on Monday, June 03, 2013
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Provider was knowledgable and quickly and efficiently installed my radio. I would highly recommend him.
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5 out of 5

GREAT SERVICE

Written By C-Dizz, Texas on Saturday, April 20, 2013
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Great service
Pros:
Fast service
Cons:
Non
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5 out of 5

Installcard

Written By Anonymous, Seattle, WA on Monday, March 25, 2013
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Excellect product. Installcard called and gave the the location of the installation site. The installer did an excellent job installing my Pioneer Head Unit and was very easy to work with.
Pros:
Quick and easy install
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

InstallCard

Written By PHC, Spokane WA on Thursday, December 20, 2012
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The program is a good, only draw back for me was not having a choice of franchises to choose from. That being said the company used did an excellent job and were able to fit me into their schedule the same day I stopped by to schedule an appointment. Will use this product again!
Cons:
Limited number of franchisee's available or recommended to me by Crutchfield. Thanks for the service folks...
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4 out of 5

InstallCard: Bluetooth Stereo

Written By NickG, Dallas, TX on Tuesday, July 03, 2012
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Install went well. Installer came to my house and finished the job in about an hour. Had him install a steering wheel control unit (additional $60). I would have like to have had a list of names and phone numbers of the Installers in my area to see what they charged for the additional service. Everything works, so that makes me happy.
Pros:
Fast, professional service, and I didn't have to monkey with it myself.
Cons:
A little costly. The money could have gone to upgrading my speakers.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

stay away

Written By the truth will set you free, phila pa on Thursday, May 03, 2012
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The first installer I called ceased to exist. Phone number would not accept calls and web site disappeared. Install.net put me through to another installer who refused to accept the card as Install.net was in arrears. The third installer came to my home. He charged an additional $75 to install the steering wheel controller. It took 5-10 minutes so the price seemed excessive. As soon as he was done he took off without any instruction or guidance. The unit does not sit completely flush with the dash. One corner juts out a little. My wife thinks it's not all that bad but it irks me. I spent a total of $175 for a professional install and it looks like I installed it.
Pros:
Well the unit does work.
Cons:
Third rate service. No bargain. Should have brought it to a real pro or just done it myself, though I probably would still be working on it. I would never use them again.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Easy process

Written By RickprocessR, Boston,MA on Saturday, April 14, 2012
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Very easy process. There were choices of places to go and I had no trouble chrduling the appointment. There were two problems with the installation, so I had to go back. I would have preferred not to do so,but everyone makes mistaKes. The biggest issue was that the stereo installation instructions were wrong and because th installer didn't have experience with this brand they didn't know. A call to crutchfield resolved the intubation since it was a "known problem".
Pros:
Ease and convenience
Cons:
Installer didn't have weekend hours.
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3 out of 5

The installer did great, Installernet was not so great

Written By Brian T., Everett, wa on Thursday, March 22, 2012
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I went to the installernet web site and filled out a bunch of information to schedule an appointment. I specifically put on there I wasnted to have it done on a Saturday. Seems to me if I take the time put in this info. they should find an installer to do i ton the weekend. A few days later I received an e-mail stating that they found an installer and to call make an appointment with them. I called the installer and they dont do installs on the weekends. This made it tough for me. I also dont like the fact that I have to call the installer to make the appointment. It should have been InstallerNet's job. Also InstallerNet didnt give the installer much info accept, my name, #, and when I would like to do the install. Seems to be they should have told them the make and modle of the stereo?
Pros:
The Installer was great. Cheaper than not getting the card.
Cons:
Not great communication.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

InstallCard: Bluetooth Stereo

Written By Pat I., Middle Island, NY on Monday, January 23, 2012
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Worked great. The installer called us, gave us a variety of install dates and even did the install at our house.
Pros:
Made the install process very easy!!
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Blue Tooth in my G35 works perfect.

Written By Mark, Daytona Beach , Fl on Sunday, January 22, 2012
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Works great. I love having it. Well worth it with my iPhone.
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5 out of 5

InstallCard: Bluetooth Stereo

Written By actonplp, Southern Maine on Saturday, July 23, 2011
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I purchased this card after waiting way too long for my husband to install my new stereo & it was worth the cost. The stereo was working in very little time & I was not charged any extra costs since I had everything needed for the installation already. My stereo was setup to work with my steering wheel controls & the bluetooth mike was installed so there are no exposed wires - you hardly notice it's there. I am very satisfied and would use InstallCard again.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great service

Written By DC, CA on Sunday, February 20, 2011
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This was a really good deal and worked out great. The person was very knowledgeable
and helped us get the radio set up with the phones. The only draw back I had was the
distance I had to go to get the service. Other than that the service was outstanding,
professional and done very quickly while we waited.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

InstallCard: Bluetooth Stereo

Written By RossG, Atlanta, GA on Monday, October 18, 2010
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I found the Installer Net card to be a good deal. I was contacted as soon as I registered the card, and then the selected local installer called me within one day. Very good customer service experiance.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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