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Free car stereo installation from Best Buy

DrumminD21311 22 October 1, 2012 at 10:57 PM in Tech & Electronics (7)
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First Post. Best Buy is offering free audio receiver installation (a $60 values )this week for select receivers. The prices for the Alpine receivers match the retail prices on the Alpine website and are only slightly above the prices on Amazon. Shipping is free.

Best Buy-$159.99 + free installation
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Alpin...8422893108

Amazon-$139.95
http://www.amazon.com/Alpine-CDE1...=CDE-133Bt

Best Buy-$199.99 + free installation
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Alpin...8651598831

Amazon-$179.49
http://www.amazon.com/CDE-HD137BT...DE-HD137BT

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#2
I work with computers, but know nothing about cars. I had no problem replacing a car stereo after a few minutes of research online. I just don't think it's hard enough to justify buying overpriced stereo sets from BB.
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For those who don’t have the adequate tools or fear that they will damage their vehicle this is consider a deal. Some stereo install may cost up got $100 depending on what stereo or add on is being installed.
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Thx for posting....I was waiting for something with install included and this may not be the cheapest deal but is decent enough to save the hassle.
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i found a local audio shop to install it for $40.. Price range for standard deck install is $40-60 which takes into account any tools you might need for the wiring.
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How much is speaker installation? If I upgrade the deck I would also want the speakers to go along with it. We are talking about a Dodge caliber so not a high end job...
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Before you pay anyone to install a stereo in your vehicle, you may want to check what you're actually paying for. Typically you're just paying for labor, and nothing else. That means to install, they cut up the stock wiring. A plug-in harness is usually extra, and marked up too. Same for speakers, they will typically just cut the stock speaker wires and crimp them to the new speakers, even if adapter wire is included with the new speakers.

Not all installers are bad, there are even some at the big stores like BB that will do a decent job, but it seems to be the exception rather than the rule.

Unless you absolutely positively cannot be bothered, usually it's better to get the wiring harness and do it yourself. After doing once stereo, unless it's on a really complicated vehicle, you'll be kind of ticked at the prices places charge for such easy work.
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stay away from best buy, a few years back i had them install a stereo in my car, they left some exposed wires, weeks later my dash started smoking, when i went and complained about it they blamed it on me, they said that i was probably messing with the wiring and did something wrong. it cost me about $450 to repair their screw up. lesson learned.
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DO NOT let bestbuy install anything in your car!

all it takes is a 2 hour class to become a best buy install technician......just remember that when your car catches fire........I had a experience like the poster above, the 17 year old installer completely destroyed my door panels then tried to hide his fuk up and pretend like he didn't do it, i had to actually threaten a lawsuit on bestbuy to get them to replace the damaged panels and do the right thing, you know, fix what they broke, and they only did that after a letter from my attorney, up until that point they told me I was just shit out of luck. they had every excuse under the sun as to why they shouldn't have to replace something they broke.

I stopped buying anything at bestbuy after that and have sternly steer anyone away from doing the same, hopefully they will go the way of the buffalo pretty soon, the world doesn't need bestbuy, I cant believe amazon hasn't drove them out of business yet.
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#10
I lost my equipment to a poorly installed setup from a best buy employee.....don't do it!



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#11
Thanks for the replies. I will rep for the deal itself, but I will not buy now.
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I think most users of this forum know a thing or two about computers. Consider your thoughts as to the competency of Best Buy's Geek Squad. Now translate that to their audio installation guys, where manual dexterity is required.

You couldn't pay me to have Best Buy install a car stereo in my personal vehicle.
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Quote from huevos View Post :
I think most users of this forum know a thing or two about computers. Consider your thoughts as to the competency of Best Buy's Geek Squad. Now translate that to their audio installation guys, where manual dexterity is required.

You couldn't pay me to have Best Buy install a car stereo in my personal vehicle.

Exactly. I also have no sympathy for the people too lazy to learn how to do a basic install so they think this is a "great deal." Guess they deserve what they get.
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#14
crutchfield + e bay + simple tools already at home = safe better deal
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#15
Bestbuy will price match Amazon too.
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