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Installing a Remote Starter like a Pro – By Leaving it to the Pros!

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On October 24, 2017
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  • Audion Express, installation, professional, quality, remote start
Installing a remote car starter is an achievable task… for those with professional experience with car electronics and maintenance. It takes in-depth knowledge of the wiring system particular to your vehicle and it’s crucial to ensure everything is properly connected. Many DIY sites claim things like “How to Install a Remote Start with Simple Steps,” but just reference the wiring diagram and expect you to follow that. In truth, the instructions that come with the system for how to install a remote starter can be very complicated. Then you’re left to determine the necessary tools for remote start installation. Starting to see where this can easily go wrong, very quickly? When installing DIY-style, an extra piece or bad wiring can cost you later in repairs and is just not worth the headache. Let’s take a look at some of the essential steps of the installation and how complicated they can be. Basic Steps of Remote Start Installation: Remove the lower dash under the steering wheel The remote starter needs to be connected to multiple wires Test each wire relevant to the installation Attach the ground wire to the chassis of the vehicle Attach it to the starter to start the circuit Connect the ignition output from the remote starter to the car’s ignition wire under the steering wheel Locate the starter wire and test it with a multimeter Connect other components as applicable to the specific remote starter Connect the tachometer wire to the sensor Wrap up by connecting keyless entry, anti-theft and other optional components Reconnect the car battery and test the system to make sure all components work The Safest Installation Practice – Let the Professional Installers Handle It! As you’ve surely gathered from reading through the steps above, just the wiring alone can go wrong in multiple ways. So why go through all that hassle by yourself and, possibly, still not get it right? Audio Express has trained professionals with vast experience in remote start installation. After countless remote starters installed, our service is unparalleled, and we get the job done right the first time and every time. Please contact us for more information.
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Authorized Dealers vs. Unauthorized Dealers – What You Need to Know About Where to Buy

Authorized Dealers vs. Unauthorized Dealers – What You Need to Know About Where to Buy

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On October 6, 2017
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  • Audio Express, authorized dealer, authorized dealers, customer satisfaction, quality, warranty
The difference between authorized and unauthorized dealers boils down to the authenticity and legality of products. At authorized dealerships, a legal relationship with the manufacturer grants rights to sell a brand. In return for this right, vendors must agree to uphold brand standards. The dealer must be mindful of the manufacturer’s warranty on products, installation and maintenance practices, and quality assurance. Often, unauthorized dealers infringe on the intellectual property rights of the manufacturer. These vendors might disregard the product warranty of the manufacturer, sell defective items or even distribute gray market goods. Such dealers don’t hold themselves accountable to checking serial numbers or verifying the true source of a product. Their quality control doesn’t even ensure the working order of the inventory. Product Warranty When an authorized vendor sells equipment, we guarantee the manufacturer’s warranty. If something goes wrong, the manufacturer itself is beholden to the customer to resolve the problem. Repair or replacement is guaranteed. We have an obligation to the maker as well as the buyer.  An unauthorized vendor has no such commitment to the manufacturer. In many cases, the product in question isn’t even from the manufacturer it appears to be, or the connection cannot be verified. In this case, the customer is left hoping that an unauthorized vendor is going to rectify an issue with an improper product. When the dealer is unresponsive, there is no recourse for the consumer. Quality Insurance Authorized dealerships get their product from the manufacturer directly. We track each sale with the manufacturer. Serial codes are present, and we use them. Unless specifically noted, everything we sell is brand new. Audio equipment from a certified vendor is guaranteed to be what the customer expects and pays for. Unauthorized dealerships can get their products pretty much anywhere except the manufacturer. The products may be stolen. They may have been purchased used for resale. They’re often missing serial numbers and barcodes. They’re not eligible for product warranties or potential rebates from audio companies. Service after the Sale Authorized locations have a knowledgeable staff. Their employees have been educated on the best practices of the manufacturer itself. That means installations go smoothly and are done exactly as the product’s maker intended. Should something ever go wrong, trained technicians are ready to assist with making it right. Other dealers can’t guarantee the authenticity of the product, much less the installation practices. This drastically increases the likelihood of future problems with the equipment and lowers the chance that the problem can be resolved satisfactorily. Conclusion Simply put, when looking for premium audio equipment, a customer’s best interest is with an authorized dealer. At Audio Express, we offer our customers the comfort and security of knowing we are manufacturer-authorized.  
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Audio Express Tips for Buying an Amplifier

The 8 Best Insider Tips for Buying Car Amplifiers

  • Posted by agency-it
  • On June 13, 2017
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  • amplifier, car, quality, sound system, speakers, stereo, subwoofer, truck
The process of shopping for car audio amplifiers can be one of confusion and frustration. The uninformed will hear lots of big numbers and strange terms; even the informed can find themselves occasionally bewildered by the range of options available.   To help both types of consumers, we humbly offer some helpful hints. Go Big It’s not necessarily wrong to look for big numbers with regards to output for a car audio amplifier. However, many brands try to hide the real power of the amplifier behind big claims, so you’ll always want to look for the RMS power rating. This is the continuous power rating, showing what you can really expect wattage wise from the amp. Know Your Power You can take the specs for an amplifier and check to make sure it really does put out what it claims it does with a simple formula: P=vce, where P is the total power output, v is the voltage of your car battery, c is the current draw for the amp, and e is the efficiency constant. If you plug in those numbers and the result is 5 percent less than what’s advertised or greater, pass on it. Count Your Channels Each speaker is a channel, and that includes the subwoofer.  If you’ve got four speakers and a sub, don’t get a monoblock (one-channel) amp. Amplifiers for cars should, ideally, have the same number of channels as there are speakers. You can run multiple subwoofers off a mono block amp, since they run on the same frequency setting, but if looking for one amplifier to drive multiple size speakers, either a four or five channel amp is needed, or multiple amplifiers. Make Sure You’ve Got Spare Power Amps create a power budget for the speakers. Make sure that each speaker has a surplus. Underpowered speakers are far more susceptible to damage than overpowered speakers, due to the heat created by working a speaker at less wattage than needed. Mount It Right When having a car amplifier installation professionally done, think about where you want the amplifier placed. Ideally, you want to keep it as close to the battery as possible, to shorten the amount of wiring needed to power it. Installing an amp under a seat is normally ok, but can cause an amp to run hotter than normal, so sometimes the trunk is the only option. Just remember, the farther the amp from the battery, the bigger gauge wire you should use for best current conduction. Many of today’s newer vehicles place the battery in the back, making the connection a shorter distance and allowing better power flow. Add Extra Power Sources Car stereo amplifiers, along with other components, can be a major drain on a car’s battery. If you’re driving down the road with thumping bass going and the headlights are flickering in time with the beats, there’s too much power going out. Consider a secondary battery or capacitor, and also upgrading your existing wiring with the “Big three” upgrade. The Right Wires The best car amplifier should have the best wiring possible to ensure the highest possible performance. Look for Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) wires as opposed to Copper Clad Aluminum (CCA). OFC types conduct electricity far better, giving you the wattage you bought, and also doesn’t heat up the wire as much. Also, upgrading the Big-3 (The wire from the alternator to the battery, from the battery to the body ground, and the engine grounding wire to the battery.) will give your charging system much better performance. Guaranteed Products It should go without saying, but always check the manufacturer’s warranty and make sure that the shop doing the installation is an authorized dealer for the amplifier and any other components you might be using. There are many “grey market” products out there, resulting in voided warranties thru the manufacturer when bought from a non-authorized dealer. Audio Express These are just the basics to keep in mind for when you go to buy a car audio amplifier. Get in touch with the staff at Audio Express and become a more educated consumer today.
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