Our electronics shop is headed by an Advanced Level Certified MECP Technician with 10 years of experience. Not familiar with MECP? It is the only nationally recognized certification for in car electronics and is backed by the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association).
Electronic equipment in your vehicle comes in many forms. It could be anything from your basic audio upgrade to lighting that helps you see and be seen, or a remote starter that can keep you warm on a chilly morning.
With multiple computer systems being added to new vehicles by manufacturers, making these kinds of upgrades has become increasingly complex. The days of test lights and seeing ignition wires large enough to power anything you could add to a car have long since passed. Today, tapping into the wrong wire can be much more disastrous than just blowing a fuse.
We will always make sure that your installation is done right and with the proper equipment and materials. A few things you can expect from us are all soldered wire connections, heat shrink wrap used in water prone areas, grommets where necessary so wires do not chafe, wire loom used for protection in critical areas, proper fusing on wires and neat installation practices to make sure that wires are not loose and are run so that they cannot interfere with other systems in the vehicle. We do all of this so that your vehicle leaves our shop as safe as when it came in with added functionality that will last a long time as well as look good.
Audio is a broad category. The point of upgrading your audio system is to give you a listening experience that you can truly enjoy. Today, upgrading equipment to give you a cleaner, and if you desire it, a louder sound you can feel is not always straight-forward. It is definitely no longer as simple as adding a new head unit, some speakers and maybe an amplifier. Sometimes you cannot change the factory head unit, less than optimal factory amplifiers are used, and the proliferation of digital media has added confusion to the process of getting good sound in your car. Digital media today includes iPod, USB, satellite radio and bluetooth connections.
Video and Navigation covers two primary locations in a vehicle, although it can be extended to other areas. The main two are in-dash and roof mounted video. Today's in-dash video and navigation systems also double as full media centers, often including connections for iPods, USB, bluetooth, satellite radio and rear mounted cameras. Roof mounted video is mainly used for watching movies or playing video games from the back seat on a long trip.
Lighting has many uses on a vehicle. You see flashing lights on police cars, fire trucks and ambulances to get your attention. You also see them on roadside construction vehicles to get your attention that someone may be at work ahead on the road. Driving and fog lights also help you see better on a dark road at night. Other types of lights such as roof mounted marker lights and tailgate stop and turn signal lights help other drivers see you, the size of your vehicle, and what your intentions are on the road (such as slowing down or turning ahead). Still, other lights show off your custom car. There are a myriad of rules and regulations regarding vehicle lighting on public roads and we can help you sort through them. For more information here is FMVSS 108.
Rear view cameras and parking sensors are in use now more than ever due to many newer vehicles having limited visibility. The many curves and design features of new vehicles often make it difficult to see how close you are to a car when you are backing into a parking space.
Leather seats are one of the most dramatic changes you can make to the interior of your vehicle. While we realize they are not an electronic device, one of the most common upgrades made at the same time is heated seats to keep you warm. Heated seats can also be added to standard fabric seating and is not limited to leather.
Remote Starters are best known for their ability to warm up your car on those cold winter mornings, but they are also great for turning on your air conditioning on those hot summer afternoons. Keyless entry is one of the greatest conveniences for getting into your car so you don't have to fumble with putting a key in your door to open it. This is becoming more important as many manufacturers are no longer putting lock cylinders in passenger doors. Alarms are great deterrents for theft and general car break-ins as they help slow down thieves and help convince them to move on to the next one. Aftermarket alarms can also enhance factory security systems. We use mainly Directed Electronics products, which include Viper, Python, Avital and Xpresskit.
While it is less common to see new vehicles without power windows and locks, it can still be found on several base model vehicles. We can give you those options after the fact. These items can also be used in conjunction with keyless entry, remote starters and alarms, including options to roll your windows up and down from your key fob.