There are two things that should be on any new car that you buy; an audio system and security. While these two items may seem very different, they deal with a lot of the same parts and they can actually increase the resale value of your vehicle down the road.
Let’s look first at car audio. Car audio is the audio system you have in your car. Typically, cars will have an average system that consists of a CD player and in some newer cars, an MP3 player system. The speakers are ordinary to below-average, and the bass is usually pretty sub-par. So, to really get your car jumping, you need to install new speakers, a solid bass and some excellent front-end hardware for your CDs, MP3s and to interact with your new audio system. Many front-end faceplates actually detach so that there is no reason to steal the system since it can’t be used without the faceplate.
Depending on the system you install, the cost is going to be a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. The more you put into it, the better the sound system will be. The great thing is that it is easy to install these systems and there are plenty of do-it-yourself systems that make installing the audio system easily.
Car security is very important, especially in Los Angeles. In the United States, Los Angeles leads all cities in the number of stolen vehicles with 65,243. The next closest is almost 20,000 less, with New York coming in at number two with 46,709. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways that you can make sure your car is secure so you can lower your chances of being a victim.
One option you have is to use something that locks the steering wheel or brake pedal. The most common form of this is The Club, which prevents the steering wheel from turning. You can also install immobilizers, which requires a chip to be present in the ignition to start the vehicle. Without that chip, the vehicle will not start. Easily the most common of security deterrent is a car alarm, which will trigger if someone tries to break into your vehicle and often that will cause the thief to abandon the vehicle and run.
One device that is becoming more popular is a kill switch, which can be used to slow down a car thief when they attempt to steal the vehicle. The kill switch prevents the vehicle from being started. It is very important that if you have a kill switch, you place it somewhere that makes it hard for someone to find.
One great aspect of getting car security is that your car insurance will usually go down thanks to incentives offered by many security companies in the Los Angeles area. Therefore you save money each month, while at the same time keeping your car safe from being stolen. It is a win-win scenario for any car owner.