You may be looking to upgrade your old stereo system or to replace one that is has broken. Whatever the reason, you may be trying to find a cheap car stereo when you are looking to replace your old one. While you might be able to find one on that is on clearance, you will most likely have more luck online or at a discount electronics store. Non-name-brand stereos tend to be much cheaper than those that are brand name, and they can be every bit as reliable. However, researching before purchasing is always a good idea. Also keep the installation in mind before purchasing, as well as whether to put in in yourself it yourself or have a professional install it.

The best way to get a cheap car stereo is to find one that is not produced by one of the bigger brand names. There are many different off-brand manufacturers that make good quality car stereos. However, there are also that same many off-brand companies that make car stereos that are very poor quality and not worth your money. A little basic research will keep you from making a possibly costly mistake. Read up on reviews that you find online to see what other consumers have to say about the stereos made by any specific company. Also read the reviews to find out how easy the stereo was to install if you are intending to doing it yourself.

You would do best to check stores for clearance sales or look in pawn shops as often as possible if you want to have a cheap brand name car stereo. Name brand car stereos that you purchase at clearance prices brand new usually do come with a warranty, so if something happens to the stereo while it is still covered by the warranty, the manufacturer or retailer will replace or fix the damaged unit. But if you buy a cheap car stereo at a pawn shop, it will not come with a warranty because it has been used by someone else. So if it breaks or stops working it will be your responsibility to fix or to replace it.

A big part of the costs associated with car stereos is the installation. There are several online resources and books can be found at a bookstore or at the library to give you instructions and advice on doing your own installation. Messing up while doing your own installation can lead to very costly repairs. Electronics and automotive stores that sell car stereos will often also do installations for you. In some places, it is even possible to get a deal if you pay for the installation and stereo.

You can find a cheap car stereo just about anywhere if you look. The best way to do this is to do your own research and to know exactly what you are investing your money into. Some internet research will give you with consumer reviews and exact specifications on any stereo unit you are considering purchasing. Remember to always keep in mind in any possible installation costs that you may incur while looking for the stereo so that you do not go over budget. Also remember that new stereos come with a warranty, while used ones purchased from individuals or pawn shops do not. Used car stereos are also more likely to break down than new ones, so that is also something to think about.

Joseph Flanders has been installing car audio systems for 15 years. Get more information on installing your own cheap car stereo. Don’t reprint this exact article. Instead, reprint a free unique content version of this same article.