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How to Prioritize Your Tax Refund on Auto Upgrades


Upgrading Your Car Audio Using Your Refund from Uncle Sam

It’s February, which means that the tax deadline is looming right around the corner. If you haven’t thought about it yet, now might be the perfect time to do so. For those of you out there that have been good about setting aside money for Uncle Sam, you are probably looking at a nice, fat refund check that could potentially be hundreds or even a few thousand dollars.

Having that kind of play money opens the door for you to take care of financial obligations you’ve been putting off, go on vacation, or you could finally do something about your car audio. Tax refund checks are the perfect opportunity to give your ride the upgrades it’s been desperately needing, especially if you’re still rolling around with stock equipment.

Naturally, you’re probably wondering where you should even begin. Do you go straight for the car stereo system, or do you hold off and go with the car speakers instead?

Not to worry…we’re here to walk you through all the ins and outs of your car stereo system and how to get car audio installation performed.

#1 – Upgrading Car Audio

If you want your car audio to sound bigger, bolder, and clearer – first thing’s first – you need to upgrade your car stereo system. Although upgrading your car speakers may seem like the first logical move, what you must remember is that the car stereo is what sends out the audio signal. The better the original signal is, the more power you’re going to have behind it. That’s why we always recommend starting with a car stereo that has plenty of power with an internal amp and all the modern features you’d want out of a new car stereo.

Top features of modern car stereo systems include:

  • Touchscreen interface

  • Apple CarPlay/Android Auto; Bluetooth

  • Multiple channel outputs for expandability

  • Hands-free capability

  • EQ settings

  • Satellite ready

  • DVD/Blu Ray player

After you knock out the car stereo portion of your set-up, that will allow you to start adding other key elements that are important to your listening experience. We highly recommend that you at least upgrade your stock car speakers to an aftermarket set. Trust us, it makes a world of difference. Additionally, you may consider adding in some external subs to bring your bass lines up to their full potential.

#2 – Window Tint

If you’re still living in California without window tint, then you’re doing a disservice to both yourself and your car. Not only is window tint extremely cheap to get installed these days, but it also provides benefits that last for years. Some of the top ones include:

  • Elevates the overall aesthetic of the vehicle

  • Keeps your car’s internal temperature down by filtering UV rays

  • Provides protection to both your skin and your car’s interior

  • Provides privacy by cloaking any valuables you may keep in the car

  • Holds glass together in the event of a wreak

  • Decreases dependency on air conditioning unit, which translates to better gas mileage

#3 – Backup Camera with Parking Sensor

This is a great one for those of you out there that have difficulty backing into spaces or parallel parking. A backup camera can easily be installed on your rear bumper, giving you a ground-level view of what’s behind you…perfect for those who have kids that leave toys and bikes in the driveway. You’ll never have to worry about unintentionally running over anything ever again.

All the visuals of the backup camera are patched through to your vehicle’s car stereo touchscreen. Additionally, with the parking sensor installed, you’ll be able to see how close you are to nearby obstructions and given audio alerts when you’re about to make contact. This simple device can potentially save you tons of cash in dents, dings, and scratches.

#4 – Security System

You can never be too careful with your vehicle, that’s why we recommended a security upgrade. Although a security system won’t be able to stop anyone from busting through your window, the threat of the alarm and all the attention it will bring is usually enough to keep criminals at bay. This is a great upgrade if you have a few hundred bucks to spare.

Ready to Upgrade? Contact San Diego Car Stereo for Your Car Audio and Accessory Needs

Now that you have a better idea of how you can potentially spend your tax refund, the next step is to reach out to the pros at San Diego Car Stereo so that we can get your vehicle upgraded. We have some of the largest stock and widest selection of aftermarket car audio from the industry’s leading brands. Whether you want a new car stereo system, car speakers, or subs – we can do it all.

If you’ve been looking for car stereo installation near you, come see the pros at San Diego Car Stereo located at 4220 Convoy St. Car audio installation is something we routinely do, so our wait times are usually quite short. We can have you back out on the road with a new system in no time.

You can also reach out to us using our contact form or call us at (858) 569-0777 to speak with a member of our team or to make an appointment.


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