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5 Car Accessories to Get You to and From Holiday Gatherings

Updated: Apr 4

How Elevating Your Car Audio and Accessories Makes Traveling Easier and More Fun

The holidays are coming up quickly, which means it’s never too early to solidify your travel plans. If you’re lucky, that means only having to drive around locally to see your friends and family. If your family is more spread out, the holidays may require you to embark upon a multi-state road trip that spans hundreds of miles. For those that fall into the latter category, right now is the best time to figure out how to best prep your car for holiday travel. Although Stereo Depot is perhaps best known for having some of the largest stock and widest selection of aftermarket car audio in San Diego, we also carry plenty of accessories that make long-distance road trips a breeze.

To give you a few ideas, we’re breaking things down into a top-five list. Consider these for your upcoming holiday travels.

1 – Upgrade Your Car Audio with a Brand-New Stereo

If you’re still using a factory-made stereo in your vehicle, you have no idea what you’re missing out on. Modern and custom car audio advances have really stepped up the game of car stereos, packing them with a wide variety of features and making them much easier to use. Many of the latest models utilize touchscreen interfaces for intuitive menu navigation, similar to your smartphone or tablet device. Bluetooth is another big feature, which allows you to seamlessly pair up your smartphone with your in-dash unit so that you can stream podcasts and playlists from your favorite streaming service. Finally, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto is another huge feature that drivers love, which allows them to fully integrate their smartphone device with their in-dash unit. This means you can use your phone’s maps feature right on your stereo’s display, which comes in handy when driving in areas you may not be familiar with.

For car stereo installation, simply contact the pros at Stereo Depot. We can help you pick out the exact in-dash unit that’s a perfect fit for your car and budget.

2 – Remote Start/Car Alarm

Here in southern California, we really don’t have to worry about the cold weather that often. However, during the holiday season there are going to be parts of the country that deal with snow, ice, and some seasonably cold weather. It’s in your best interest to be prepared for that. Buy an ice scraper, pack a heavy coat, and get remote start installed in your car.

With remote start, you’ll be able to start your car from the comfort of inside your home. This allows the car time to warm up and defrost the windows. Additionally, many remote start kits include a car alarm feature. No harm in playing it extra safe when you go out of town. For remote start and/or car alarm installation in San Diego, come see the pros at Stereo Depot.

3 – Radar Detectors

If you plan on doing any high-speed interstate driving, then a radar detector is an absolute must-have. Of course, you should always abide by the local traffic laws and watch your speed closely; however, sometimes a change in speed limit will go unnoticed, which makes you vulnerable to picking up a speeding ticket. And is there anything worse than getting fined during the holidays?

Do yourself a favor. Pick up one of these devices if you plan on being on the highway a lot. The money a radar detector saves you on tickets makes it well worth the investment if you’ve got a lead foot out there on the road.

4 – Dash Cams

The thing that we love about dash cams is that they simultaneously serve as a way to capture memories on a long road trip as well as being a reliable way to get footage of an accident. In the unfortunate case that you’re ever involved in a wreck or fender bender, your dash cam will pick up the footage and store it on a removable SIM card. This makes the entire process of dealing with the police and the insurance companies far easier because you’ll have proof of what actually happened.

5 – Rear Seat Entertainment

With rear seat entertainment, the entire family can enjoy a movie together right in the comfy confines of your vehicle. Monitors can be installed right in the back of the front row headrests, and the 4K resolution and features make for a totally immersive experience. Trust us, this is the perfect thing you have if you have little ones that need to be entertained. Utilize the latest in custom car audio to elevate the cinematic experience.

Upgrade Your Car Audio and Accessories Today!

Now that you know what some of the top products are for long-road trips and out of town driving, the next step is to decide which ones you’d like to get installed before you hit the road for holidays. The best way to see what products we have available is by visiting our shop in person. We have a large stock and wide selection of aftermarket car audio and accessories. We also do car stereo installation and set-up remote start and car alarm units.

We have two convenient locations – one in San Diego and one in El Cajon. Feel free to stop by either one and we’ll be happy to talk to you about upgrades. If you want to set an appointment or send us an email, use the contact form on our website.

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