Winter Road Salt and Paint Protection Film

24534079_bg1The snow has finally arrived in Central Ohio and with it the perils of driving in ice and slush, plus the aftermath of having your vehicle covered in road salt. 

Salting roads helps people travel more safely in the ice and snow. The salt lowers water’s freezing point preventing ice buildup on roadways, and helps to melt any ice already formed in below freezing temperatures.

While road salt is necessary for safe transportation in snow and ice, it is also extremely corrosive and over time can cause damage to your vehicle.  Think about when you drive on a treated roadway kicking up the salt and salt water.  Or when you drive behind or pass a salt truck, and see the salt flying out and bouncing down the road at you.  The drawback of winter road salt is that it can cause extensive damage to areas of your vehicle including the doors, fenders, hood, and undercarriage.

Our cars are typically one of the biggest investments we make in our lives and protecting them from the ravages of the road, like salt, is important.  Of course, vehicle accidents happen, but damage from road salt is one that can be prevented.

PPF-Install-6You might be wondering how you can prevent this damage? Well, you can obsessively go to car washes all winter long, but why do that when you can take pro-active action in protecting your investment by installing Paint Protection Film.

Paint Protection Film (PPF) or clear bra, is a thin layer of clear urethane that can be applied to areas of your vehicle that are at high risk for abrasions. (Like the door panels, fenders, mirrors – all those areas most likely to be affected by road salt).

PPF Facts:

  • It’s practically invisible, and won’t change the appearance of your vehicle
  • It’s durable, designed to withstand different temperatures and environments
  • It’s customized to fit your vehicle
  • It does not require any special maintenance
  • It protect your vehicle from scrapes, scuffs, insect stains, small rock damage, and of course, from winter road salt

Check out this video on how we install PPF and contact us today to start protecting your vehicle from unnecessary damage.

 

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Why Should I Care About Remote Car Starter Range?

CA6554 Lifestyle Page ImageIf you’re unfamiliar with remote car starters or have never owned one then range may not strike you as an important feature, but trust us, it is.

You may think that you only need a small amount of range since you’re only going to use it while your car is parked 100 feet from you in your ‘close to the house’ driveway.  For some this may be true, but really think…is that the only place you’ll want to use your remote car starter?  Sure it’s a given that a remote car starter is useful on a cold morning before you leave for work, but it’s also true that your car will need warmed up when you go to lunch, or before your commute home every afternoon. We can almost guarantee that once you get into a warmed up vehicle once, you’ll be hooked and want to use that remote start every chance you get.  

starterSo how much range is enough?  Start by thinking of all the places you will park your vehicle over the course of an average week.  Think of where your car sits for periods of time; work, church, school, the grocery store, the mall, etc.  You’ll want to use your remote car starter from those places too, so get a system with enough range to be able to.  

Inexpensive remote start systems usually don’t have great range, and it’ll benefit you in the long run to invest a little more in a better system.  Those high end systems typically have better operating frequencies and channels, giving them the power to work through commercial buildings and fight electrical interference.  You Photo, Automate, hand and remote in Snow Large 12-12can even get unlimited range by upgrading to a Smartphone remote start system, these will remote start your vehicle as long as your phone and car are in cell service, eliminating the worry of range.  

Range is a great thing to discuss with your salesperson when choosing a remote start, once we know where you’ll be using your system, we can suggest the best one for your needs. Visit us to see all the remote start systems we carry and get more information on which ones would work for you. 

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We Now Carry the 360 Fly!

360fly is a new camera that provides an innovative way to capture the world around you, and we’re proud to announce we now carry it!

tumblr_inline_nsbap9lrV01svjtl2_500Slightly larger than a golf ball, 360fly is a single-lens camera that captures scenes in a 360-degree video format that’s fully interactive. It packs high quality, 360-degree video into a lightweight, waterproof (down to 120 feet) and rugged design. With 360fly, you can capture your world, share to your favorite social media networks and immerse yourself in video that’s almost as good as being there. The camera is optimized for mobile devices, so it pairs with an iOS and Android app that allows the user to view, edit and share content immediately.

 

There is also a virtual reality component to 360 fly. When the mobile app is switched to ‘VR Mode’ and attached to a Google Cardboard viewing device, the user can view 360-degree content as virtual reality. 

“360 fly is nothing less than a game-changer for how consumers capture and share video content as well as democratizing virtual reality,” said Peter Adderton, 360 fly CEO. 

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Customize Your Remote Start

AA046865_22 copyYou’ve heard of a remote car starter, and that it starts your vehicle remotely with the push of a button.  But, did you know there are a lot more features you could be taking advantage of? 

Overview of Remote Car Starter Types

  • Basic One Button One Way Remote Starter: A simple remote starter with a one button remote that simply starts your vehicle.
  • Two Way Remote Starter: Available in one button and multiple button remotes, this type of remote starter sends a signal back to your remote confirming that your vehicle has started.
  • Smartphone Remote Starter: A remote starter controlled by your smartphone, the most advanced, typically featuring GPS, Lock/Unlock, and more. This system requires a monthly subscription fee.

Additional Features

You could be getting a lot more out of your remote car starter! We offer many extra features to add even more convenience to your daily drive. Keep in mind though not all add on features are compatible with every vehicle or every remote start system. This is something we can help you decide on and help you get the features you’re looking for. Features we offer include:

  • anti grind for emailAnti-Grind: Prevents accidental key starts when car is already running
  • Driver’s Door Priority Unlock: Allows you to unlock the driver’s door with one click of the remote and the passenger door with a second click
  • Trunk Release: Open the trunk of your vehicle with the remote start remote
  • Rear Defrost Activation: Allows your remote start system to activate your rear defrost
  • rear defrost for emailKeyless Unlock: This applies to one button models, allowing you to unlock your doors when the vehicle is running by using the remote start remote
  • Panic Mode: Allows for panic to be activated from the remote start remote and horn will sound on lock and unlock
  • Heated Seat Activation: Turns on your heated seats during remote start
  • Heated Seat ActivationSliding Door: Opens your sliding rear doors (for Mini Vans) from the remote start remote
  • Dome Light Activation: Turns on the interior dome light when unlocking he vehicle with the remote start remote
  • GPS Tracking: Available for some Smartphone remote starters with a service fee, allows you to track your vehicle if it ever gets stolen, or if you simply forgot where you parked
  • Maintenance Reminders: Available for some Smartphone remote starter with a service fee, allows you to check on the status of your vehicle and set reminders for things like oil change, or tire rotation

While most features are optional, there are certain instances were an add on is required. Manual

  • Factory Alarm Disarm: Some vehicle and remote start system combinations require that the factory security system be disabled for proper use of the remote start
  • Manual Transmission: Required to make a remote start function properly if your vehicle is a manual transmission

When you visit us to get more information on a remote start, our sales team will be happy to walk through all of the features available and determine the best remote start for you and your vehicle. Or fill out the Product Information Request Form below to reach us by email. 

*Remote start features can be added on at an additional cost.  Cost at time of remote start system install will be discounted vs. adding on at a later date. Not all add on features are compatible with every vehicle or every remote start system. Some remote start installations require a $100 bypass module and/or additional parts and labor.  Talk to a salesperson to get exact pricing and compatibility information for your vehicle.

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Rockford Amp that Doesn’t Require Battery Power

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Image Source: Rockford Fosgate

Rockford Fosgate showed at CES a mini amp that can sit behind car speakers in the door or just about anywhere to deliver power without the need for connecting the amp to the car’s battery.

The PM100X1 is a 100 Watt dynamic power mono amplifier that uses DC and AC voltages present on existing speaker outputs of a radio. This design allows connection to a speaker wire without directly connecting B+/GND to it, all while presenting a safe load to the OEM radio. It uses patent-pending FreeLoad technology that takes in a speaker-level audio signal for amplification and then stores unused voltage from the audio signal to deliver up to 100 watts RMS power at 2 ohms.

  • Patent Pending BTL Powered “Harvester” Technology
  • Harvests both B+ and Audio Signal From Standard Head
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    Image Source: CEoutlook

    Unit Speaker Outputs
  • Uses Stored Energy from BTL Amplfier to Product Dynamic Power of Over 100W
  • Current Limited to Protect Head Unit for Both 4 Ohm and 2 Ohm Configurations
  • High Level Turn On
  • Optional B+ Connection for Non-Standard Speaker Outputs
  • Selectable 4 and 2 Ohm Play
  • 60, 80, and 100 Hz Selectable 12dB/Oct HP Butterworth Crossover
  • Small Stealth Package that Allows for Anywhere Installation
  • Pig Tail Conectivity for Easy Installation
  • Extruded Aluminum Heat Sink
  • Muted turn on
  • Thermal Protection
  • Short Circuit & Over Voltage Protection
  • Discrete surface mount technology
  • CEA-2006 Compliant & CE Compliant
  • Sold in pairs (left/right)

Source(s): CEoutlook, Rockford Fosgate

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Kenwood Announces First Car Radio With Radar Detector Link

Kenwood is offering the first car radios that work with radar detectors to display red light and speed camera information and radar detection warning on the in dash screen. 

The radios must be used with an optional the iDatalink Maestro RR module from Automotive Data Solutions (ADS). Here are all the Maestro’s new advanced features to be supported by Kenwood radios:

  • DNX893SCurving parking guidelines will be available on the Kenwood display when used in conjunction with a back-up camera, allowing a driver to see the parking guidelines turn while they turn the steering wheel during parking. Users can also switch from front to rear cameras, and make adjustments to zoom or angle the image and more, by the radio touch screen.
  • Parking assist functions are improved to include the viewing of side parking sensors and the option to designate front or rear speakers to give warning sounds near specific parking sensors.
  • Vehicle information has been expanded to include tire temperature, gear position and emergency brake status.
  • Steering wheel heater control is now a customizable option on the climate control screen of the Kenwood multimedia receiver.
  • Gauges will be updated to include an arrow to inform the driver it’s time to shift into a higher gear.
  • User customization is offered in multiple areas including the option to automatically match Kenwood screen graphics to the vehicle’s factory illumination

DNX893S (2)Featured Kenwood HeadUnit: DNX893S

  • 6.95 inch Wide VGA Color LCD Display with LED Backlight
  • Glossy & Capacitive Touch Panel
  • Motorized Reverse Tilt & 6 Step Tilt Angle Adjust
  • Touch Panel Control, Variable Key Illumination
  • Built-in HD Radio
  • HDMI / MHL Connection with Optional Cable
  • Bluetooth Built-in (Hands-Free Profile / Audio Profile(A2DP) / AVRCP1.5 / SPP)
  • Android Rapid Charge
  • 2 RCA Video Inputs for Rear View Camera(Parking Guide Line) & Front View Camera

Source(s): Kenwood, CEoutlook

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Alpine Has World’s Largest CarPlay In Dash System

Alpine Electronics announced it has added a new model with compatibility to Apple CarPlay. The i109-WRA 9-inch Restyle dash system with Apple CarPlay debuted at the 2016 International CES.

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i109-WRA 9-Inch Restyle Dash System for Jeep Wrangler
The i109-WRA is Alpine’s first model to offer Apple CarPlay compatibility in the 9-inch screen platform and is the largest system in the aftermarket to feature Apple CarPlay support. It brings Apple CarPlay and a 9-inch screen to the Jeep Wrangler, both of which are not available factory options. It is compatible with the Jeep Wrangler (2011-up) and has a WVGA screen with 800×400 display resolution. The i109-WRA comes with a dash bezel that replaces the entire OEM radio area to create a factory-like look and a vehicle specific wiring harness for plug and play installation. Dedicated hard keys provide direct access to phone, music and maps from the iPhone. To further appeal to the Jeep Wrangler driver, the i109-WRA has an opening screen and graphical user interface (GUI) that feature Wrangler-inspired styling.

Video Source: blog.abt.com

Alpine says that most Silverado, Jeep Wrangler and Sierra truck owners are iPhone rather than Android users, so it is not including Android Auto on it’s initial offerings, although Android Auto is on the company’s roadmap for the future.

Source(s): ABT, Alpine, Ceoutlook

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Pioneer Safe & Sound Tour

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We partnered with Pioneer to visit Westerville Central High School on Friday October 23, 2015 during their Football game against Hilliard Darby to demo the latest technology from Pioneer to encourage safer driving.  On-site we showcased Pioneer’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and gave demos of a Pioneer Sound System we installed.  With help from Pioneer, we were able to make a scholarship contribution of $1000 to the Westerville Central Athletic Department. 

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UPDATE2 – COMING SOON: The CCA Harley Davidson Demo Bike

Looking for another progress update on the CCA Harley Davidson Demo Bike?

Well…here you go! It’s coming along nicely!

Previously: UPDATE – COMING SOON: The CCA Harley Davidson Demo Bike

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Cruisin’ Gahanna Car, Truck, & Destination Sturgis Bike Show

Join us for the 1st Annual Cruisin’ Gahanna Car & Truck Show
and Destination Sturgis Bike Show!
Saturday, August 1 from 10am-3pm!
at the Discount Drug Mart & Turtle Creek Tavern Parking Lot
(5599 North Hamilton Road, Columbus 43230)

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Stop by for the Car & Truck Show, check out Bikes getting pumped for The Sturgis Rally at our Rockford Fosgate Destination Sturgis Bike Show featuring the Rockford Fosgate Mini Soundlab,
 and for food and drinks provided by Discount Drug Mart!

Sponsored by Columbus Car Audio, Turtle Creek Tavern, and Discount Drug Mart

Registration 9-11am, Pre-Registration $10/Day of $12. Awards given out at 2pm.

 

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Backover Fact Sheet

In the U.S., 50 children are backed over every week because a driver could not see them. Rearview cameras can be easily installed and added to any vehicle to end these predictable tragedies. 

blindzoneBlindzones: Every vehicle has one, the area behind it where the driver cannot see even when looking back and using their rear and side view mirrors. 

  • Average Blindzone is 15 to 25 feet
  • It depends on your height too, the shorter you are the larger the blindzone
  • Over 60% of backover accidents involve a large vehicle like a Truck or SUV
  • Most drivers are unaware of their blindzones

backover-main-pic(1)Facts and Circumstances:

  • Backovers take place mainly in driveways and parking lots
  • in over 70% of incidents, a parent or close relative is the driver behind the wheel
  • Children do not understand the danger of a slow moving vehicle, and believe if they see the vehicle that the driver can see them 
  • Children do not recognize boundaries such as sidewalks, driveways, or parking spaces and often don’t realize they’ve put themselves in danger

Prevention:

  • Install a rearview camera or backup sensors on your vehicle. Many drivers believe they have to wait until they purchase a new vehicle to have a backup camera system, but after market systems can be installed on any vehicle
  • Always walk around and behind a vehicle prior to moving it
  • Teach children that parked vehicles might move and make sure they understand the danger that poses
  • Teach children to never play in, around, or behind a vehicle. The driveway isn’t always a safe place to play
  • Be aware that steep inclines and large SUV’s, Vans, and Trucks can add to the difficulty of seeing behind a vehicle

To reduce the risk of a backover incident, a backup or rearview camera can be installed in the vehicle to give the driver a better view of what’s behind them.  Visit one of our stores today to find out what  backup camera options we have for you.

Visit KidsandCars.org for more information regarding back over accidents. 

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A Recipe for Success

A Recipe for Success
(Or how we are happy to have helped another local business realize it’s potential!)

The Breakfast Club {delivery} delivers breakfast to your home, that’s what Nikki Stoughton owner of The Breakfast Club {delivery} set out to do in March, 2015. Her vision was to create freshly prepared, gourmet breakfasts and deliver them directly to your table (eliminating cooking, cleaning, waiting in line, and cold carry-out breakfasts). However, she ran into challenges powering the necessary equipment to ensure each breakfast was served fresh and hot, right to a customer’s dining table.

Nikki asked herself; how do I get enough power to my oven to warm it up and keep it hot? Enter Columbus Car Audio. After a recommendation from a close friend, Nikki made a call to one of our Sales Reps Justin to begin working on installation of an appropriate power system. There was a catch, how does she power the oven while she’s driving? We helped to eliminate a generator as a solution, because the fumes don’t have any way to vent out of the Nissan 2500HD she had purchased. We worked on designing a way to power the oven that was sustainable and scalable, despite additional hurdles with vendors as well as logistical delays, eventually delivering what was promised.

“Columbus Car Audio created a relationship that was professional, courteous, and appreciated – all while delivering a solution that exceeded my expectations,”
-Nikki Stoughton.

About the Breakfast Club {delivery}: We created The Breakfast Club {delivery} so you can have breakfast delivered right to your home. We build a bountiful, delicious gourmet breakfast made to order for you and your guests. And then, we deliver it fresh, hot, and plated. Let us create and deliver breakfast to you. And you take all the credit.

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Things to Consider When Adding a Subwoofer

Key Specs to Consider When Adding a Subwoofer

Once you decide to add a subwoofer to your audio system, comparing specs can help you decide which subwoofer is best for your needs. Here are some key specs to look at:

  • Power – If you’re looking to really turn your car into a ‘boom car’, then you’ll need plenty of power. Pay attention to RMS power ratings, not peak or max power ratings.  RMS ratings measure continuous power handling and are a much more realistic measure than peak. Also, make sure you match the sub’s power handling to your amp’s power output.
  • Sensitivity – A sub that has a higher sensitivity rating requires less power to produce the same amount of sound as a sub with lower sensitivity. Typically subwoofers designed for sound quality (SQL) have a higher sensitivity rating, although this isn’t an absolute rule.
  • Frequency Range – This gives you an idea of how low a sub can play. The actual performance of the sub though can depend on lot of factors, such as the size, box type, etc. Also keep in mind that while humans can only hear sound down to 20 Hz, we can feel it even lower!
  • Enclosure – The type of enclosure you use will have a big effect on the type of sound the sub will produce. Typically, sealed boxes give you the most accurate sound, while ported enclosures produce more volume.
  • Voice Coils – Choose between single and double voice coils. Dual voice coil (DVC) subwoofers use two separate voice coils, each with its own connections, mounted on one cylinder, connected to a common core. DVC subs are a popular choice for those wanting more flexibility in wiring their sound systems.
  • Size – If your end goal is to have a system that plays loud and low (and space isn’t an issue), go for the biggest subs. Keep in mind though, that when properly powered and in the right enclosure, smaller subs can put out plenty of sound.
  • Impedance – Most subwoofers are rated at 4ohms impedance, but 2-ohm and 8-ohm are starting to be more common. When you’ve chosen a subwoofer, look for an amplifier that will match up to your sub in terms of power rating and impedance. 

There are many factors that go into choosing a subwoofer for your system, but we’re here to help!  We will guide you through the process of determining what you’re really looking for in an audio system, and help you choose the right products. And now is the best time to upgrade to a subwoofer – during our Annual Amp & Sub Sale! 

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Why Upgrade Factory Speakers

Simply put, factory speakers aren’t the best. The vehicle manufacturer gives low priority to a vehicle’s sound system, giving you something that’s just OK. By replacing your factory speakers with higher quality aftermarket speakers you will experience better sound quality, crispness, and clarity. 

Most factory systems use “full range” speakers, which means each speaker has a single driver that’s responsible for producing high, medium, and low tones.  Aftermarket speakers can have multiple drivers – woofers, tweeters, midranges – for better sound.  Each of these is built to accurately reproduce a specific segment of your music’s sound.  With upgraded speakers, you’ll be amazed to hear details that weren’t audible with factory stock speakers. 

Premium aftermarket speakers tend to be constructed better than factory speakers and made with higher quality materials. Brand name aftermarket speakers are built from more sophisticated designs and state-of-the-art technology. Vehicle manufacturers don’t always think about great sounding speakers, but Car Audio manufactures do, and are always pushing the envelope to create something better.

Adding new car speakers can be one of the most effective and affordable ways to upgrade your sound system.  At Columbus Car Audio, we hand pick the products we carry, and our experts will help you select the best possible speaker to meet your needs.  What’s right for one customer may not be right for another.

Save on select speakers right now during our Annual Amp & Sub Sale.  View the specials HERE.

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THE QFM96 RIDE 1 POWERSPORTS ULTIMATE GUYS GARAGE

GarageHeaderWe were happy to participate again in this year’s QFM96 RIDE 1 POWERSPORTS ULTIMATE GUYS GARAGE!

We provided a Compustar Remote Start + Suntek Window Tint Installation as part of the prize!

 

 

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Adding a Subwoofer To Your Audio System

Subwoofer speakers are designed to produce low frequency sounds, or bass.  Even if you don’t want to rattle the windows of the car next to you at a traffic light, bass is an integral part of any audio system, giving you depth and realism.  Most high end factory systems include built in subwoofers, but they are usually too small to optimally handle low frequency sounds. 

What type of subwoofer do you need?

  • Component Subwoofers – This option is just the speaker itself, meaning you’ll have get or build an enclosure. These are ideal for those who want a highly customized car audio system. 
  • Enclosed Subwoofers – Already pre-mounted in a box designed to accommodate the subwoofer. This eliminates the need to choose or build an enclosure, so you won’t have to do as much customization work. These typically come in different sizes and shapes so you can choose the best fit for your vehicle and space.
  • Powered Subwoofer – Includes the amplifier that’s needed to power the subwoofer all in one compact enclosure. These subwoofers are good for installing in a vehicle with space limitations, but their small drivers and amp are not ideal for producing big bass. They are, however, relatively simple to install and are an easy add on to a factory system.
  • Vehicle Specific – Designed specifically to fit in your vehicle. If you’re not looking for a custom sound system install, these provide a discreet and space saving install.  They’ll likely suffice for most listening needs, but again, they will not create a huge bass sound like a custom installed component subwoofer would.

*Keep in mind that all subwoofers (except the powered subwoofer) will need an external amplifier that provides power.

Whatever type of sound you’re looking to achieve, we can help you get it.  Visit us to speak to an expert on which subwoofer option is best for your needs.  

Let us help you choose a subwoofer during our annual Amp & Sub Sale! View the specials HERE.

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Why add an Amplifier?

Some people think that amplifiers are just for car audio enthusiasts and those with ‘boom’ cars who want the whole world to hear their bass.  In reality, an amplifier is an essential addition for anyone who cares about sound quality.  Adding an amplifier can provide cleaner sound, more power, and better performance, improving the experience of listening to music in your car.

Whether you listen to rap, heavy metal, or classical music, want to rattle your windows or just get concert quality music, your audio system can greatly benefit from an amplifier

Benefits of adding an amplifier:

  • Better Sound Quality – Adding an amplifier can improve your sound by being a power source to really drive your speakers without straining them. A factory stereo’s built in amplifier is no match for the sound quality you can get from a separate aftermarket amplifier.   
  • Volume – A loud engine, noisy air conditioning, and traffic are noises your stereo sometimes cannot compete with. An amplifier will help increase the volume so you can hear your music.
  • Power for Speakers and a Subwoofer – An amplifier can provide the correct power for getting optimal performance out of higher quality aftermarket speakers. Subwoofers require much more power than typical speakers and a separate amplifier can be necessary when adding a subwoofer.

Adding an amplifier is not something you’d consider a DIY job – visit the experts at Columbus Car Audio to get advice on which amplifier is best for your needs and your vehicle, and get it installed the right way the first time.

Plus – now’s the best time to add an amplifier, during our Annual Amp & Sub Sale.  View the Specials HERE.

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It’s Here! Android Auto for the Vehicle you Already Own

Android Auto extends the Android platform into the car in a way that’s purpose-built for driving.  It automatically brings you useful information, organized into simple cards that appear just when they’re needed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road.

Pioneer receivers enhance your Android Auto experience by using the included external microphone and car speakers with Google’s speech technology, which makes controlling everything with your voice fast, easy, and safer.  The larger Pioneer display features fast and responsive controls.  The built-in equalizer, subwoofer controls, and the additional sound quality adjustment options featured throughout the NEX line provide a fully customizable and truly unique Pioneer experience.

  • Maps: Let Google Maps lead the way. It’s easy to get where you’re going with free voice-guided navigation, live traffic information, lane guidance, and more.
  • Music: Your favorite tunes – to go! Access and stream over 30 million songs, custom playlists, and more with Google Play Music.
  • Voice: Best in-class speech technology makes controlling everything with your voice fast and easy.
  • Apps: Hit the road with your favorite apps. Android Auto makes it easy to access authorized apps and content in the car.

Currently available in the Pioneer NEX models AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, and AVH-4100NEX.  Learn more about these products HERE.

Contact us today to see which in dash receiver is best for your vehicle and to learn more about getting Android Auto for the vehicle you already own!

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Introducing: New Alpine Navigation Systems

Introducing: The New Alpine In-Dash Navigation System We Now Carry!

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ine-w957hd_heroThe Alpine INE-W957HD features a 7-Inch WVGA touch-screen, Enhanced My Favorites features, independent Dual Zone, easy sound setup with TuneIt 2.0 app integration, Bluetooth® wireless technology and 3D Navigation. Plus Pandora integration and SiriusXM compatibility. This unit will also retain your factory controls through iDatalink Maestro integration. All this amazing technology at your fingertips, from the leader in premium Audio/Video/Navigation systems.
Visit the official Alpine Website HERE.

 

X009-GM-Straight-ViewThe Alpine X009 is made to seamlessly integrate into your GM, Toyota, Ford, or Dodge Truck. Keep your factory controls and add enhancements like navigation, customizable short-cuts, Bluetooth® wireless technology and sound settings optimized for your truck – all controllable through the easy-to-use, large 9-inch touch-screen. With its oversized screen, integrated system and advanced technology, this premium system will restyle your truck and provide you with a high quality driving experience. Visit the official Alpine Website HERE.

 

 

x800u_heroThe Alpine X008U featuring a record-breaking 8-Inch Audio/Video/Navigation System is back better than ever to suit your needs with an enhanced My Favorites feature, Dual Zone Video Control, retained factory controls, 3D navigation and built-in Bluetooth® wireless technology. Plus, compliment your X008U with a matching Perfect F.I.T. (Factory Integration Technology) dash kit for a factory finished look. Each vehicle-specific Perfect F.I.T. kit matches the shape, color and texture of your vehicle’s factory dash.  Visit the official Alpine Website HERE.

 

Contact us today to speak to our experts and find out which Alpine Navigation system is the best for your vehicle.  Or contact us to get more information on the vehicle specific options we have for you!

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Compustar HD Dash Cam

Compustar DASH is a High-Definition Surveillance and Security system that records the video and audio of activity surrounding your vehicle. Every system includes two 720p cameras that can be mounted at the front and rear of your vehicle.

dash-cameraOnce installed, Compustar DASH adds 24/7/365 surveillance and motion detection around your vehicle, keeping your vehicle safe and mind at peace.

Compustar DASH is perfect for all applications, as it works as a theft-deterrent a surveillance device, and an invaluable asset in the event of a car accident.

  • High Definition: All footage recorded in 720p at 30 frames per second
  • 240 Degree Coverage: Dual cameras with 120-degree wide angles for maximum coverage
  • 16GB Storage
  • Shock Sensor: Front camera has built in shock sensor for detecting impact
  • Interactive LCD: Built in LCD with interactive touch interface
  • Driving Mode: While ignition is on, cameras constantly record activity
  • Parking Mode: Activity is constantly recorded while vehicle is in park
  • Events: When cameras detect shock/impact or movement, camera record and specially store events

Recently an in-car camera captured a confrontation between local teens and Pickerington priest, Read the FULL ARTICLE HERE.  We talked to 10TV about how some parents use cameras in cars to protect their teens.  

Contact us today to find out more about adding a dash cam to your vehicle. 

 

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2015 EasyRiders Bike Show Tour

Easyriders Bike Show Tour 2015

February 20-21, 2015

Did you catch us at this past weekend’s Easyriders Bike Show?  Check out More Pictures on the Official Easyriders Facebook Page HERE.

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Navigation System for Ford Vehicles

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Advent 2nd generation Navigation systems bring true integration with on-screen controls, vehicle data, and even HDMI inputs for phone mirroring. Integration gives a better then OEM experience with more features to the end user. Our Ford Fusion, Edge, Explorer, Mustang and Flex Integrated Nav systems are Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch compatible and match the factory user interface with icons, colors and design. This system is a true plug and play installation that requires no modification to the factory radio and does not require dealer activation as well.

  • Compatible with the 2015 Fusion
  • Compatible with the 2014 Edge
  • Compatible with the 2014 Explorer
  • Compatible with the 2015 Mustang
  • Compatible with the 2015 Flex
  • NEW! Compatible with the 2015 F-150!
  • The First System to Support the iGo Next Gen Mapping Interface, insuring the best user experience
  • Adds the ability to upgrade to new maps via USB cable, no waiting for OEM maps
  • HDMI Input allows the view of compatible devices directly on the factory screen

 

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Introducing DUB by Jensen

We now carry Dub Audio by Jensen!

dubJensen DUB Edition line of high-performance car audio amps, speakers, and subwoofers combines Jensen iconic audio technology with the product design and global power of DUB Magazine.  DUB Magazine has earned the street credentials as the biggest automotive lifestyle brand with its focus connecting products to the car culture of today. 

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 The DUB Amps feature robust MOSFET power supplies, continuously variable high/low pass filters, variable bass boost for great system design flexibility.

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The DUB Speaker line features injection modeled polypropylene cones, NBR (Rubber) Surround,and silk dome tweeters. The line includes the full range of sizes to fit any vehicle.

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DUB subwoofers are built with a uniquely reinforced injection molded polypropylene cone for optimum stiffness and maximum low frequency output. The high damping rubber surround, bumped and vented pole piece,ceramic-ferrite magnet, and a heavy duty stamped steel basket are designed to deliver big bass impact.

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2014 End Of Year Employee Party

Recently we celebrated a great 2014 and honored those employees who won the yearly Value Awards!

Value Awards: 

  • Balance: We will complete our work and our most important tasks first, so we can have quality time to ourselves, with our families and to renew.
  • Integrity: We will treat our customers, their vehicles, and each other with honesty and respect.
  • Innovation: We will always question the status quo and look for the best solution.
  • Ownership: We will be responsible for our actions and outcomes and own everything that takes place in work and our lives.
  • Quality: We will provide the highest level of products and services to exceed our customers’ expectations.
  • Teamwork: We will work as a team with focus on cooperation and always come to a resolution not a compromise.
  • Attitude: Having a positive outlook will allow us to come with solutions not problems.

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Apple CarPlay…Powered by Pioneer

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Apple CarPlay® allows consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicle they already own to the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone® in the car.

Utilizing large, in-dash Pioneer LCD displays, CarPlay featuring Siri® voice control, gives iPhone users the features while allowing them to stay focused on the road. With CarPlay, consumers can use Siri to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, use Apple Maps for navigation and listen to their music, podcasts, and iTunes Radio™. Compatible with iPhone 5/5c/5s/6/6+.  For more information about CarPlay, visit www.apple.com/ios/carplay.

  • Control: CarPlay features Siri voice control and is specially designed for driving scenarios. It also works with your car’s controls — knobs, buttons, or touchscreen. And the apps you want to use in the car have been reimagined, so you can use them while your eyes and hands stay where they belong.
  • Maps – Ask Siri for Directions: Turn by turn directions, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time.
  • Hands Free Calling: Make and answer calls, and listen to voicemail by asking Siri.
  • Messages: Use Siri to send or respond to messages.  She will even read your texts to you so yu never have to take your eyes off the road. 
  • Easily Accessible Music: Access your artists, songs, playlists, and iTunes Radio using your car’s built in controls or just tell Siri what you’d like to listen to. 
  • CarPlay also supports other apps including Beats Music, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, Rdio, and CBS Radio

Contact us today to see which compatible Pioneer models we carry and we’ll help you pick the best one for your vehicle. 

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We’re A Viper 5-Star Dealer!

Photo Dec 17, 12 53 58 PMWe’re happy to announce that we were named as part of the Viper 5-Star Dealer Program; meaning we’re one of the Top 50 Viper 5-Star Dealers Worldwide!

We’re committed to provide a 5-Star experience to all of our customers! We strive to provide the best customer and installation service, especially when it comes to your new remote start.

We’re proud to be a preferred Viper Dealer!

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UPDATE – COMING SOON: The CCA Harley Davidson Demo Bike

Last August we announced we were working on a custom Harley Davidson to have for upcoming events – want to see how the progress is coming along?  (We thought you would!)

PLUS – Look for us and the Bike at this year’s EasyRiders Bike Show Tour! February 21 & 22 at the Columbus Convention Center.

Previously: COMING SOON: THe CCA Harley Davidson Demo Bike

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Winterize Your Car

Winterize Your Car

Just as it’s necessary for us to put a coat, hat and gloves on in cold weather, our cars need similar attention to function properly in the cold. Climate changes can certainly affect your vehicle, and with another severe winter predicted for us here in Ohio, we’ve compiled some tips on winterizing your car. 

  1. Keep an emergency kit inside your car.  Keep a few essential supplies and tools with you as you drive.  Flashlights and flares, blankets and extra boots can be useful if you find yourself stuck in the snow.  Other items to keep on hand include extra engine oil, washer fluid, coolant, and an extra ice scraper.
  2. Check your car’s belts and hoses. Cold temperatures can weaken belts and hoses.  Have a mechanic take a look at how everything is holding up around your engine.
  3. Check and/or replace windshield wipers and fluid. Low visibility can make driving in the snow dangerous, so it’s important to make sure your wiper blades are up to par. Keeping your wiper fluid filled can also assist in breaking up snow and ice on the windshield.
  4. Check your de-frost and heat. Before winter hits, make sure your heat, which probably hasn’t been used for a year, is still in working condition.  It would be better to find out now than the first below freezing morning of the year.
  5. Keep your fuel tank full. Cold and constantly shifting temperatures can cause condensation to form on the walls of a gas tank in the red. This water can drip down into the gas, possibly finding its way into the fuel lines where there’s a chance of freezing, blocking the flow of gas.
  6. Check your oil. The oil in your engine changes depending on how hot or cold the engine is running.  Outside temperatures influence the internal temperature of your engine and you need to make sure you’re using the proper oil for the conditions.
  7. Check your battery. Winter weather is tough on batteries, it causes your engine to work harder, putting more pressure on the battery, which can cause them to die.
  8. Check your tire pressure. Cold air can affect tire air pressure, and if not properly inflated can decrease traction, increasing the likelihood of sliding on icy patches.

Add Convenience to Your Winterizing Check-List

While it’s important to check the items listed above, there are also aftermarket products that can be installed on your vehicle to make winter driving a bit more bearable.

  1. Start your car from anywhere with a remote start.  With the push of a button your car can start warming up and de-frosting while you sit in the comfort of your warm living room each morning. 
  2. Warm up quicker with seat heaters. You might have your vehicle’s heat on full blast, but those seats will be cold.  Adding seat heaters can help warm up you and the car much quicker.
  3. Melt ice and snow with heated windshield wiper fluid. A small unit installed under your hood can heat up your washer fluid, making scraping much easier or sometimes not even needed. 

Contact us today to find out more about preparing your vehicle for the winter.  Our experts can help you choose the right products to get you through the cold winter months.  

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We Now Carry JBL Wireless Speakers!

JBL’s legendary achievements in audio engineering and sound technology have played a pivital role in how audiences around the world experience playback at it’s finest.  Browse below the new wireless, portable Bluetooth speakers we now carry.JBL-Pluse-Wirless-Speaker-SDL746968551-1-7fa94

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  • LED Lights: Features a Multi-LED Light Show
  • Built in Bluetooth and Microphone
  • Rechargeable Battery

 

 

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  • Social Mode: Let’s up to 3 people take turns playing their play-lists on the same speaker
  • Passive Radiators: Passive radiators field enough bass for you to actually see them trembling from the outside
  • Built in Bluetooth and Microphone
  • Recharges Your Media Device
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Available in a Variety of Colors

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  • Clip-on Convenience: Integrated carabiner is designed to hook onto your clothes or backpack
  • Built in Bluetooth and Microphone
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • AUX Connection
  • Available in a Variety of Colors

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  • Built in Bluetooth and Microphone
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • AUX Connection
  • Available in a Variety of Colors

 

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  • Built in Bluetooth and Microphone
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Compatible with iOS and Android Devices
  • Leather Finish

 

Contact Us today for more information on the JBL speakers we now carry. Visit JBL’s Official Website.

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2014 SEMA New Products Award Winners Announced

The 2014 SEMA show kicked off this week with the annual new product awards breakfast.  The ceremony covered everything from the best merchandising display to the best racing and street performance products. 

The category we like to keep an eye on is the Best New Mobile Electronics Product, with this year’s winner App-Tron-Smart-Visionbeing App-Tronics for its SmartNav 5.  The SmartNav 5 is a rear view mirror, to replace the factory mirror, with an embedded 5 inch capacitive display screen with 600 nit brightness, allowing the display to be clear even in sunlight. It works with a back-up camera to show rear blind zones, and can work with a smartphone to give audible navigation cues and play music.

See full list of winners HERE.

Source: CEOutlook

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2014 SEMA: Best Cars for Accessories Announced

SEMA announced the 2014 best cars for adding aftermarket accessories to, including:

  • Best Car: the Ford Mustang
  • Best SUV: the Jeep Wrangler
  • Best Truck: the Chevrolet Silverado
  • Best Sport Compact: the Honda Fit

“Last year, the availability of accessories influenced more than 1.7 million new vehicle purchases.  Nearly a third of new vehicle purchase decisions were driven by the availability of accessories for a particular model.”

Are you looking to buy a new car and add accessories?  Talk to our experts today to see what products we carry that will fit your vehicle choice.  Contact us HERE.

Source: CEOutlook

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HD Radio: How It Works

By broadcasting digitally over traditional radio waves, a single frequency is now capable of delivering up to four stations of content in crystal clear sound. All you do is tune in to your favorite station and your HD Radio receiver will automatically lock in to the HD1 signal for that station. One notch over on the dial and you’re listening to entirely new content on the HD2 station. Additionally the digital signal provides on-screen information such as: album art, song info, traffic and weather.

  • Digital Sound – HD Radio stations broadcast in clear digital quality to your local area making static, radio hiss and fuzz a thing of the past. Hear the difference of digital sound using the samples to the right.
  • Artist Information – HD Radio technology enables receivers to display song titles, album art, and station information so you get the true Artist Experience® with Program Info.
  • Real-Time Updates – The data network allows HD Radio to broadcast Digital Traffic and Instant Info including everything from changing weather conditions to the latest sports scores and emergency messages.

It’s time for a smarter radio. HD Radio devices receive a digital signal over traditional radio waves and require no Internet connection or monthly fee. Enjoy HD Radio at home, on the road, and on the go. We can help you choose the best receiver for your needs.  Contact us today to find out more information.  

 

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107.5 WCKX Powerfest 2014

Did you happen to catch us with the Rockford Fosgate Soundlab at last week’s 107.5 WCKX Powerfest Concert? 

 

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It’s Our 36th Anniversary!

Anniversary-Web-HeaderThis month marks our 36th Anniversary of serving Central Ohio!  We’ve been locally and family owned since 1978!  We couldn’t have done it without the support of our great customers – THANK YOU!

 

 

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September is Safe Driving Awareness Month

Earlier this summer, Gov. John Kasich signed a bill designating September as Safe Driving Awareness Month in honor of Maria Tiberi.

WBNS-10TV sports anchor Dom Tiberi has made it his mission to promote awareness of distracted driving since he lost his 21-year-old daughter on the evening of Sept. 17 2013. Maria Tiberi was killed when her car, moving at 53 mph, struck the back of a stopped tractor-trailer on I-270.

Crash investigators said an “ unknown distraction was the probable cause of the accident.” Dom Tiberi and his wife, Terri, founded Maria’s Message, a campaign to create awareness that has taken him to 16 schools in which about 8,000 students have taken a defensive-driving pledge.

“To all the moms and dads and boys and girls, just drive the car,” Kasich said. “The phone can wait. Text can wait. Just pay attention. That’s the message, and it’s a simple one.”

Read the full article from the Dispatch here.

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