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      07-23-2010, 03:04 PM   #23
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its pretty hit or miss with best buy and there installers, when my friend worked there he worked with a bunch of tards, he would get calls throughout the day asking questions about how to do simple task, I would suggest maybe doing some research on the best buy you are thinking of going to to see if there is any review, but i would highly suggest getting someone that know what there doing to do your install
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The problem with the "big box stores" is that car audio has become less and less profitable. In fact, many of them aren't doing car audio at all anymore. Since there's little to no money to be made, they won't pay competent installers to put in the non-profitable equipment they sell. They'll find the 18 year old kid that will work for $8/hr and thinks it's cool to tell his friends he's the man and can get them the hook up when they want stuff for their cars. Having owned an independant custom shop, there is a difference between an installer and a specialist. If you're afraid to do it yourself, pay the money to have it done right. The first time. You'll be glad you did.
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talisman311 makes a great point. There might be some good installers, but as a customer, you can't tell if they are any good or not - and I have yet to see a large company that uses its training, regulations, and structure to ENSURE that all customers get a good installation.

If a good install happens, it seems to be in SPITE of the company's practices, not because of them.
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The problem with the "big box stores" is that car audio has become less and less profitable. In fact, many of them aren't doing car audio at all anymore. Since there's little to no money to be made, they won't pay competent installers to put in the non-profitable equipment they sell. They'll find the 18 year old kid that will work for $8/hr and thinks it's cool to tell his friends he's the man and can get them the hook up when they want stuff for their cars. Having owned an independant custom shop, there is a difference between an installer and a specialist. If you're afraid to do it yourself, pay the money to have it done right. The first time. You'll be glad you did.
I agree. I've been there done that in sales, been around a/v, 12v for many years, and you get what you pay for. Think of the little things that never quite fit back together perfectly because some douche broke the little clips off or forced the door off when they couldn't find that missing screw.

I always have done it myself, but if you're going to pay for service, find at least an installer who has worked on a nice car before, they are not as easy to work on as Japanese cars.

A sub in the trunk isn't a huge ordeal if you've got in your mind how to do it from these forums, just tell the installer what they need to do, otherwise they'll F$#& it up... If you don't know what needs to be done, don't expect them to have the time or desire to figure it out for you for 8$/hr.

I wouldn't let them touch any interior panels or plastic, but if it's just in the trunk that's one thing, all you have to do is route power and a Line Out Converter. If you're trying to save some $, why not try it yourself, or find some one local on the forums to help you. I'd offer to help but Philly is pretty far from the Bronx. I plan on doing a full upgrade when I have a little money free. When I had my Civic, we used to have meets to do that sort of install for each other, haven't yet seen that with these forums, understandably there's less DIY.
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From recent lessons i have learned i would NEVER EVER EVER take my car to any of those type of shops (Best Buy, Car Toys, Circuit City, etc) It pays to do your research and find a quality installer...this is not a time to cheap out just to get it in your car.
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From a story on an electric car I pulled off WSJ.com today:

"There were misunderstandings about how long it would take Best Buy to install a music gadget in my wife's Saturn that could pipe music and radio broadcasts from her iPhone to the radio. (Not one hour, eight hours.)"
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just do it yourself. There are many people on the forum including me that will be more than willing to answer any questions you have.
Hello wareagle900,

Do you know which wire is the remote turn on wire leading into the factory amp?

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