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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)