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Prime Buyers Guide Car Stereo Stores, Navigation Systems, & Car Alarm Stores

Find the Best Car Stereo Stores in San Mateo County

Whether you're searching for new car stereos, new GPS navigation systems, in-car video units or new car alarms, finding a good car electronics dealer in San Mateo County is important. If you want to customize your car with high-tech electronics and a great security system to protect them, the following articles will give you everything you need to find the best car stereo system, in-dash DVD player, car speakers or other auto electronics in San Mateo County.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best car electronics stores in San Mateo County and issues related to buying car stereos, alarms, and more.

Updated September 27, 2013

 The TOP 10 Car Stereo Stores, Navigation Systems, & Car Alarm Stores in San Mateo County CA

Motor Music
(650) 994-4300
7070 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014

Areas Served: Daly City CA, South SF, Brisbane CA, San Bruno CA, Westborough, Pacifica CA

Car Audio Specialties
(650) 593-4769
555 Oneill Ave
# 13
Belmont, CA 94002

Areas Served: Belmont CA, San Carlos CA, San Mateo CA, Redwood City CA, Foster City CA

Pro Auto Stereo Installation
(650) 574-1409
140 17th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94402

Areas Served: San Mateo CA, Foster City CA, Belmont CA, Burlingame CA, Hillsborough CA, San Carlos CA

All the Right Connections
(650) 579-5596
1020 Howard Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401

Areas Served: San Mateo CA, Belmont CA, Foster City CA, Hillsborough CA, Burlingame CA, Millbrae CA

California Concepts
(650) 361-8193
1020 Hansen Way
Redwood City, CA 94063

Areas Served: Redwood City CA, Menlo Park CA, San Carlos CA, Belmont CA, Woodside CA

Rock & Roll
(650) 685-8182
211 West Ln
Hillsborough, CA 94010

Areas Served: Hillsborough CA, Burlingame CA, San Mateo CA, Millbrae CA, San Bruno CA

Sound & Alarm
(650) 991-4448
6500 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014

Areas Served: Daly City CA, Brisbane CA, Pacifica CA, San Bruno CA, South SF, Westborough

Find the Best Car Stereo Stores in San Mateo County 

 

There is no state license required for car electronics sales in San Mateo County and so no state standard for competency. This makes it all the more significant that all car stereo and car alarm dealers bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation have been evaluated by our research staff, and have had to pass all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, clean complaint record, best business practices, length of time in business, and more.

You've seen them on television, you've seen them in high-end luxury cars, you may have even seen them in your neighborhood: vehicles with awesome stereos and video and navigation systems complete with sexy digital screens, backlit buttons and crystal-clear audio. The automotive aftermarket is one of the fastest-growing industries worldwide, and the car audio system stores, car navigation systems, and car alarm stores in San Mateo County featured here are at the front of the pack.

Custom Services From Car Alarm Stores, Car Stereo Stores in Redwood City, South SF and Burlingame CA
San Mateo County car alarm stores & car stereo stores that are specialized may exclusively sell stereos, alarms and video systems, while other aftermarket electronics vendors can provide highest-quality interior customization and audio systems in their entirety. They may even fabricate custom pieces to contain and enclose your new system. Most or all car stereo, car video, auto navigation systems such as GPS navigation, and car alarm security vendors will carry car speakers, tweeters, subwoofers, amps and crossovers. Other automotive customizers carry GPS navigation systems, telematics systems, video screens, in-dash monitors, headrest monitors, mobile VHS players, mobile DVD players, CD players, MP3 platers and satellite radio systems.

Auto electronics dealers in San Mateo County perform different types of additional concierge-style services like specific model fittings, marine or RV audio and video service, stereo system installation, video system installation, security system installation, auto stereo repair, car video repair, custom subwoofer boxes, additional auto wiring, custom fiberglass fabrication, custom structures, and multimedia services. Car electronics shops in Redwood City, South SF and Burlingame CA can fulfill your wishes, whether you need parking sensors for tricky driveways or twenty car speakers and a dozen monitors installed with your system. The sky is the limit.

Audio, Stereo, Mobile Video, Navigation, and Security System Retailers Tailor Products to Your Needs
San Mateo County automotive stereo, car video, navigation, and security specialists listed here offer many of the latest audio products including auto stereos, head units, surround sound, 5.1 surround, 7.1 surround, MP3 players, complete custom audio, tweeters, speakers, door speakers, midrange speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, capacitors, crossovers, equalizers, receivers, remote controls, sound processors, sound deadening materials, sub tubes, and sub boxes. Your mobile video needs can be equally satisfied by these stereo, video, and auto navigation dealers in San Mateo County. Satellite TV, mobile video systems, DVD players, VHS players, and MP4 players as well as video game console integration are no challenge for these electronics technicians.

To get the most out of your car video system, these mobile video shops offer video monitors, overhead monitors, headrest monitors, in-dash monitors, and complete custom video set ups. If you want to update to current technology, car audio, video, GPS navigation, and car stereo stores in Redwood City, South SF and Burlingame CA can set you up with in-car computer systems, wireless Internet systems, DVD navigation, CD-ROM navigation, GPS navigation systems, GPS equipment, portable GPS navigation systems, auto navigation systems, dockable GPS systems, satellite audio, rear-view video cameras, radar parking sensors, and remote starting systems. To protect everything once it's been installed, you can find a great deal on a quality security system or basic car alarms in San Mateo County.

Some Car Stereo Stores & Car Alarm Stores in San Mateo County Are Much Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these auto stereo, mobile video, GPS navigation and car security system retailers in San Mateo County: Motor Music, Sound & Alarm, Rock & Roll, Pro Auto Stereo Installation, All the Right Connections, Car Audio Specialties, California Concepts. Other stores for car stereos & alarms in Redwood City, South SF and Burlingame CA that might still be in business include: .

 

 

 

How to Choose the Best Car Alarms & Car Stereos in San Mateo County 

Step 1: Describe Your Needs to Car Stereo Installers or Car Electronics Shops
Explain what type of car audio, car video, GPS navigation system or security alarm system you want. Be consistent and specific in the way that you present the information so each of San Mateo County auto electronics specialists will have an opportunity to meet the same needs.

Step 2: Answer the Electronics Dealers' Questions & Ask Some of Your Own
You'll learn a lot by the questions each car audio, video, navigation system, and car alarm retailer asks. Take note of what questions each auto electronics representative has about your inquiry. Does he cater to your needs or just want to get you in and out? Does he exhibit a firm knowledge of the equipment he's selling? Is he listening to what you are saying, or does he push a specific product over and again?

Illustrate that you are an informed consumer by asking questions. Take notes on the answers and how you personally feel about the car electronics representatives. Remember, the stereo installers' attitude at this stage can impact your satisfaction with the sale.

• How long have the car electronics dealers been in the car stereo, car GPS navigation or car alarms business?

• How many car audio, video, navigation, security systems or alarm system sales and installations have the car electronics dealers completed in San Mateo County?

• Do the car alarm companies or car audio video installers specialize in a specific type of electronics system?

• Are the car alarm system or portable GPS navigation installers accustomed to working with my type of car or truck?

• Do the car sound systems come with car speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, radios, CD players and MP3 players?

• Do the auto electronics dealers specialize in the car audio, car video, car alarms or GPS navigation system in which you're interested? If so, ask for examples of similar systems that the electronics dealers have sold or installed.

• How do car audio or car electronics stores determine pricing on vehicle electronics systems, GPS navigation systems or car alarms?

• Will the car electronics dealers provide a written estimate for the car alarms, vehicle navigation systems or car amplifiers?

• What type of warranty will the car electronics stores provide? Will the warranty cover all car audio systems including car amplifiers, car speakers?

• Do the car navigation systems dealers or car audio installers do the installation work on site?

It is important here to understand your own needs to avoid being sold sub par or unnecessary equipment.

Step 3: Make a Preliminary Decision on a Car Stereo or GPS Navigation Systems Dealer
After you've spoken with different automotive stereo, video and security vendors serving Redwood City, South SF and Burlingame CA, it's time to narrow the field. Review your notes and assess which aftermarket car electronics in San Mateo County will be your best choice.

Which car audio, portable GPS navigation, car security systems and car alarms or car audio electronics products do you like best? Which car audio and video and car alarms vendor do you believe had the best quality installations in your price range? Which did you personally feel the most comfortable dealing with? This is very important and should have become more evident by this process.

Step 4: Do Some Final Research on Your Car Electronics Choices
After you've selected your first choice automotive stereo, automotive video and automotive security system store, it's time to do some final research. What credentials and sales history does the shop have? Don't forget to check the certifications of the technician performing work on your ride, as well.

Step 5: The Final Decision on a Car Stereo, GPS Navigation System or Car Alarm Dealer
Now it's time to select and purchase the car alarm, GPS navigation system, car stereo system or other car electronics for your automotive needs. Call and ask any final questions and then ask for the representative to provide a written and signed pricing, quality and warranty agreement.

 

 

Tips About Car Stereos & Auto Electronics in Redwood City, South SF and Burlingame CA 

Know Exactly What Auto Electronics You Need.
The purchasing process will be much more difficult if you don't know what you want or need.

• Do you need a new audio, video, navigation system or just a couple of car speakers?
• What brand of car stereos do you prefer?
• What components do you want in your car stereo system or car sound system (car speakers, car subwoofers, car amplifiers, car radios, car CD players, car MP3 players)?
• How many car video monitors do you want, and where do you want the car video monitors placed?
• Do you want a car DVD player or car video system? 
• What kind of GPS auto navigation system do you want?
• Do you want a portable navigation system?
• Do you want other car electronic features such as car remote systems, keyless entry systems, car remote start systems or remote starters? What about car audio accessories?
• Know what kind of automotive security systems you want—car alarms, car alarm systems, auto security systems, car security alarms, talking car alarms or car-disabling car security systems.

Knowing specifically which auto electronics products you want will give you a more accurate picture for timing and pricing.

Research the Vehicle Electronics Products You are Considering.
There are many quality automobile electronics products out there, and chances are, your local San Mateo County car audio and video specialist offers a majority of them. Use the power of the Internet and trade magazines to sort overpriced and low-quality products from those that will serve you best. This independent research, combined with the salesperson's knowledge, will guide you in your decisions on the best car alarms, car stereos and car audio systems.

Take Your Time Choosing Your Automotive Audio, Video and Security System Specialist.
You're not required to buy from the first automotive stereo, video and security vendor that answers the phone. If you take a little time up front to properly outline your needs and find the right mobile electronics dealer before starting the audio/video/security systems purchase process, you're less likely to be disappointed.

Slow Down and Get Your Car Electronics Plan in Writing.
Make sure that San Mateo County automotive electronics shop of your choice provides you with a written description of the product(s), pricing, installation, and warranty information.

Do Your Homework Before Making an Agreement on Automotive Audio, Video or Security Systems.
For larger auto electronics purchases in San Mateo County, be sure to check licensing, sales history, warranties, customer satisfaction, and any other relevant credentials before you sign. It may help to visit a company's website to view past projects they've completed.

Write a Description of the Auto Electronics Job.
You'll do better in assessing who the best car stereo installers and car alarm dealers in San Mateo County are if you personally write down which products you want and what you expect your finished project to look like. You might also include pictures from other finished projects for a well-rounded example. Since each technician will see the same description, you can be sure that you are comparing responses on an "apples to apples" basis. Then you can better judge which car audio, video, and car security dealer gives you the best responses to your consistent description. This is a good stage to test the candor and honesty of each shop, and decide whether they will look after your best interests.

Maintain Great Communication During the Car Electronics Systems Work.
From misunderstanding what you want, to unexpected delays in product shipping or installation, frustration can occur. Meeting the San Mateo County auto electronics dealer halfway in communication will significantly increase your chance of a successful sale. Ask questions when you have the slightest doubt about the process.

Know Your Rights When it Comes to Working with Car Stereos, Car Audio or Car Alarms Dealers.
Consumers have some special rights, depending on where they live. Since you're dealing with retailers of automotive audio, mobile video, and automotive security systems in San Mateo County, check out the Consumer Affairs website for the state of California.

Make Sure Your Audio, Stereo, and Security Shop Representative Asks the Right Questions.
If your specialist seems not to care about what you've said or glosses over key issues, take your business elsewhere. Your time and money should not be taken lightly. Make sure you are dealing with the most senior representative available, and that your business is valued. Remember that you're not the only one that should be asking questions. A good aftermarket mobile electronics dealer should go over the areas important to you, asking questions along the way and actively listening.

 

 

Auto Stereo Stores in San Mateo County Sell Many Brands of Car Stereos in Redwood City, South SF and Burlingame 

Alpine, JL Audio, Pioneer Premier, Clifford Alarm Systrems, ADS, Focal Speakers, Focal Amplifiers, Eclipse Equilizers, Elclipse Subwoofers, Elclipse Amplifiers, Zapco Speakers, JL Mobile Audio, JL Marine Audio, zapco Amplifiers, Viper Car Alarms,m TMA (Totoal Mobile Audio), Avital Car Alarm, AviStart 4300 Remote start system, Hornet Auto Security, Valet remote starting system, Orion Car Audio, Directed Electronics Mobile Video, Bluetooth Hands Free

 

 

Resources About Car Stereos & Auto Electronics in San Mateo County 

Regulatory & Trade Associations Related to Auto Electronics in San Mateo County
AAIA Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (http://www.aftermarket.org/)
AASP Alliance of Automotive Service Providers (http://www.autoserviceproviders.com/)
APAA Automotive Accessories Association (http://www.apaa.org/
AWDA Automotive Warehouse Distributor Association (http://www.awda.org/)
BBB The Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.com)
CEA Consumer Electronics Association (http://www.ce.org/)
CSAA California State Automobile Association (http://www.csaa.com/)
Diamond Certified www.diamondcertified.org
IASCA International Auto Sound Challenge Association (http://www.iasca.com/)
MECP Mobile Electronics Professional Certification (http://www.mecp.com/)
SEMA Specialty Equipment Market Association (http://www.sema.org/)





Media and Web Resources
Aftermarket Insider Magazine
Auto Sound and Security Magazine
Auto Sound Specialist
Autofan
Automobile Magazine
Automotive News
Autoweek
Autoworld Magazine
Car Audio Magazine
Car Audio and Electronics Magazine
Car and Driver
Cars and Parts Magazine
Detroit News
Eurotuner Magazine
Import Car
Import Tuner Magazine
Lowrider Magazine
Modified Magazine
Motor Age
Motor Trend
Recyclers World
Road And Track
Sound and Vision Magazine
Sport Compact Car
Street Rodder
Super Chevy
Today's SUV
Truckin'
Turbo And High Tech Performance
4wd Magazine
US Auto News
Underhood Service
VW Trends
Vette




If you are looking for a new car stereo, GPS navigation system or car alarm, The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for TOP 10 Car Audio in San Mateo County within the following zip codes:

94062, 94025, 94061, 94026, 94021, 94128, 94030, 94065, 94064, 94063, 94015, 94002, 94403, 94098, 94404, 94028, 94070, 94017, 94402, 94016, 94018, 94014, 94044, 94080, 94083, 94011, 94027, 94019, 94066, 94037, 94401, 94038, 94005, 94020, 94096, 94060, 94010 and 94074

 

 

 

Car Electronics / Car Stereos Belmont CA

Car Audio Specialties Belmont CA 94002


Car Electronics / Car Stereos Redwood City CA

Monney Car Audio Redwood City CA 94063
Pacific Stereo Redwood City CA 94063


Car Electronics / Car Stereos San Carlos CA

Soundwave San Carlos CA 94070

 


Car Electronics / Car Stereos San Mateo CA

All the Right Connections San Mateo CA 94401
Fat Boy Audio San Mateo CA 94402
Pro Auto Stereo Installation San Mateo CA 94402
Tri Audio Sound Inc San Mateo CA 94401

 

Car Electronics / Car Stereos Burlingame CA

Audio Images LLC Burlingame CA 94010
Rock & Roll Burlingame CA 94010

 

Car Electronics / Car Stereos South SF CA

SNW Autoworks South SF CA 94080