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The Best Aftermarket Car Upgrades for Sunny San Diego

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

Must-Have Accessories and Add-Ons That Will Elevate Your Ride

We’re on the verge of another fantastic summer here in sunny San Diego. That means more pool parties, more trips to the beach, and more driving around. If you’ve spent even one summer here, then you already know that with sunshine comes the challenge of dealing with a hot car. San Diego residents have all experienced this at least once. You park your car outside on a sunny hot day, and when you come back to it hours later it literally feels like an oven. Sunshine means heat, and heat tends to build up in parked cars.

Fortunately, the team at San Diego Car Stereo has solutions so that your car can remain cool and comfortable, even on the hottest days.

Remote Start

The toughest part about getting into a hot car is the five to ten minutes it takes for your air conditioning to cool things down. However, with remote start installation you can start your car from a distance so that the air conditioning has a chance to cool things down. This is perfect for people who are about to leave work and want to make sure their car is cooled down before they enter the vehicle. Additionally, remote start is also great for people who deal with winter weather and want to defrost their windows before stepping outside.

Remote start works from a distance of about 80 feet, and typically costs between $200 and $300, depending on the type of equipment you get. This very simple upgrade provides years of convenience.

Window Tinting

Window tinting is another simple and cost-effective upgrade that goes a long way. Although window tinting will elevate the look of a car, it goes far beyond simple aesthetics. Most high-quality window tinting products filter out 98% or more of harmful UV rays. They also help reflect heat and sunlight, which allows you to better control the internal temperature of the car on hot sunny days.

Finally, window tinting provides privacy for both you and whatever valuable items that you may keep in the car. Many view window tinting as a theft deterrent of sorts. Statistically, most car break-ins are motivated by when a thief sees something worth stealing. If they can’t see what’s in your car, chances are, they aren’t going to risk breaking into it.

Window tinting is available in several different styles and darkness levels. It can usually be professionally installed in a matter of a few hours.


Car audio is what makes driving a joy, and a great car stereo serves as the centerpiece to your listening experience. If you haven’t upgraded from the manufacturer’s stereo, then you’re missing out on a lot of features. Not only will a high-quality aftermarket car stereo improve your audio, but it will also make navigating the system easier and safer to do. Many modern car stereos utilize Bluetooth so that you can seamlessly stream from your Apple or Android phone. You will also have voice control ability, which means that you can keep your hands on the steering wheel rather than messing around with the buttons. You can typically get a really decent stereo upgrade for under $250.

Sound Upgrades (speakers, amps, and subs)

Sound upgrades are where your sound system really begins to take shape. Factory car audio simply isn’t made to be loud or powerful. In fact, some speakers are made from cardboard material which can easily blow out if you push the threshold of what it can do. With aftermarket car speakers, you don’t have to worry about that because the materials they’re made from are much more durable. Amplifiers afford you additional power when it comes to playing your music. Finally, a great set of subwoofers will give you all the bass you need so you can catch all those low frequencies.

Upgrade Your Vehicle This Summer at San Diego Car Stereo

There’s no better way to start out the summer then by upgrading your vehicle. Upgrades like remote start and window tinting add convenience while car audio equipment (stereos, speakers, amps, and subs) will elevate your overall driving experience. You have a ton of options when it comes to upgrades. The best way to find out which ones are right for you and your vehicle is to visit the team at San Diego Car Stereo.

We have the best selection of aftermarket car audio and accessories in the San Diego area. Visit our storefront so we can show you a few of our highest-performing items in person. Our team will make sure that you have the perfect upgrades so that you can arrive in style this summer.

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