Great option when DIY may not make a lot of sense
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I remember reading (and studying) Crutchfield catalogs way back (many, ahem, decades ago) and had done several installs (this was pre-CD, I remember the 'Enthusiast' Blaupunkt radios with tape cassettes that I really wanted to get but alas seemed to be alwayssome $100 over my limited means at the time. Glad to see that Crutchfield still has excellent customer service, and offers custom install kits / wiring harnesses to match the make / model year car. In my case, the years have not been kind to me, with the complexity of a '04 Lexus GX470 door panel. Realized that 1) it was going to require a custom tool, something that I didn't figure out until later (and yes, Crutchfield does sell that tool) 2) it was not going to be worth the hassle- and headache-factor to DIY. I can justify-ably say, "I'm too old for this". So the Install Card to the rescue - yes I had to wait a few days for the physical card to arrive, a few more days after activating the number online to getting an email to indicate my location and selecting a nearby shop (only at city-level resolution, no real problem), and a few more days after that for the local shop to call me for an appointment. Yes the shop had a conflict when I brought the SUV in for installation (no big deal for me but could have been for someone else), but the next day installed great. Love the sound (replaced a pair of blown speakers for $120 total instead of $300+ for OEM). Thanks Crutchfield!
Pros: Convenience, inexpensive, great option for the non-DIY'er, well worth the modest cost for the time and hassle it will save.
Cons: Yes it involves additional steps to take it in someplace, but you can save quite a bit over going to an expensive dealership where the overpriced speakers will be matched by an overpriced installation cost.