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What are satellite radio car kits?

The gear you need to enjoy satellite radio while you drive

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If you'd like to use your Dock & Play satellite radio in the car, you'll need to make sure you have a compatible car kit. Many Dock & Play radio packages include a car kit with the satellite tuner. The accessories in these kits let you power the radio and play the sound over your car stereo. You'll generally find the following gear in a car kit:

  • A cradle: Also called a docking station, the cradle is where the Dock & Play actually sits. You just have to mount the cradle in a convenient spot on your dash or center console. All power and signal connections are made here.
  • A DC power adapter: The power adapter plugs into the cradle at one end, and into your vehicle's 12-volt outlet (aka cigaratte lighter) with the other
  • A magnetic antenna
  • Connecting cables
Satellite car kits

Kits include the accessories you need to use your Dock & Play satellite radio in your vehicle.

Where should I mount the cradle?

On the dash or on the windshield are the two most popular mounting spots, but mounting the cradle for your Dock & Play in a convenient spot that works for you is essential. You want to make sure you can reach and see it easily, and that it doesn't interfere with any of your vehicle's controls (like the climate controls, for example). There are a variety of vehicle mounts and device holders available, including:

  • The included mounting bracket: All car cradles come with a mounting bracket with an adhesive pad; you just find where you want to mount it and stick it there.
  • A windshield mount: Some Dock & Play kits come with brackets that let you mount the radio on the windshield (as long as it doesn't obstruct your view). A specialized few will slide onto your sun visor like a garage-door opener.
  • Universal mounts: If none of the above methods will work for you, consider a universal mount. These versatile mounts can be attached to spots on or near your center console. They're great for cars, of course, but you can also use them on bikes, boats, ATVs, motorcycles, gold carts, and more.

To learn more about getting SiriusXM in your car, check out our article, What do I need to get satellite radio?

  • AL Wall from Mt. Juliet, TN

    Posted on 4/23/2020

    What are the measurements of the receiver.

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    Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/12/2017

    Rudy, When you connect a satellite radio tuner your receiver's AUX input, it becomes an accessory. Once you have your subscription set up and the tuner plugged in, simply choose "aux input" as you source to start enjoying SiriusXM programming.

  • Rudt from Islip

    Posted on 12/12/2017

    Does the XM radio connect through a particular rapid station that you tune to, or is it hard-wired?

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    Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 12/16/2015

    Joe, None that I can think of -- when it comes to your car, at least. As long as there's a factory receiver and a 12-volt outlet available, you should be good to go. All you need is a car kit and a SiriusXM satellite radio subscription.

  • Joe from Tallahassee

    Posted on 12/16/2015

    I have an older car. A 2000 Honda Accord. Do you know if there are any limitations on the type or age of a car that the docking station would work for?

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    Jon Paulette from Crutchfield

    Posted on 7/13/2015

    Bill, The SiriusXM-SXDV3-Car-Kit will work with the Stratus (SV) 6. Granted ,you already have a dock, but this kit has everything else you need.

  • Bill from Stuart, FL

    Posted on 7/12/2015

    I have a sv6 radio and dock. I need the hot wire power cable and antenna. Do you have these two items? Is there ant thing else I need to be able to use this radio in my car?

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