ONLINECARSTEREO HOLIDAY SHOPPING GUIDE

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and for all of you car audiophiles, we know you are at a lookout for your yearly upgrade. We will make sure that you will not be disappointed with this year's Onlinecarstereo promotion. In addition, this year is quite different as we are spending our holidays in our homes due to the pandemic which is why we are giving you this shopping guide to maximize your savings while at the comfort of your homes.

First, after a big purchase, we always experience the "Buyer's Remorse Syndrome". After seeing a huge discount, you immediately add it to your cart and purchase. The next day, you feel that you made a mistake in your purchase and end up returning the merchandise. The secret to this is assess what you need and evaluate the different options, brands and features that you find. You can also read what others can say on a particular product through reviews and find out their experiences. Compare the pros and cons of each product and find out what feature you can live without. Remember that there is no product that has all the features. Onlinecarstereo has a neat product comparison feature to see the differences in each product you are interested in. You can sort them by price, popularity or even brand name.

Another tip is to set your budget and do not break the bank. If you must do a big purchase but do not have the budget yet, you can always avail of Onlinecarstereo's easy payment financing. This way, you are paying comfortably at your own terms. More importantly, this season only comes once a year, so save as much as you can, so you can splurge.

Next is take advantage of coupons. This is one of the best ways to save tons of cash while shopping. Specially during the holidays, there will be coupons everywhere in the web. Subscribe to newsletters like ours so you will receive weekly promotions and get the best deal. You can even call the seller to add a little more discount. Onlinecastereo has weekly promotions for you to save tons of cash

Lastly, and probably the most important is read the warranty policy. We often take this for granted but this can be useful in the long run. When your stereo or speaker needs repair or has issues, it is always useful to know the warranty coverage or return policy. Onlinecarstereo offers lifetime tech support, 60 day money back guarantee, and an excellent warranty policy. Read here for more details.

Here are some of the holiday promotion you can shop at:

COAXIAL VS COMPONENT SPEAKERS -- WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

Searching for the perfect speakers for your car is already an overwhelming thing to think about, much less think about what type of speaker to get. We always encounter coaxial and component speakers, but really, what’s the difference between these two types of speakers? (Disclaimer: These are just the basic differences between the two types of speakers. It is still advisable to research a bit more on the different types of coaxial and component speakers as they still have different specifications.)

 

Coaxial speakers are the most common (and popular!) type of speakers and are also called full-range speakers. They come in different configurations. The different types of coaxial speakers are also referred to as “drivers”. There is what we call the 2-way, the most common one, which is comprised of a woofer with a tweeter mounted on top of it. There is also the 3-way, also called tri-axial speakers, which is comprised of a woofer, a tweeter and a mid-range. 

 

Coaxial speakers are easy to install and requires minimal customization, and are more affordable than component speakers. This is probably the reason why coaxial speakers are so popular and are the choice of speakers car owners purchase if they just want to replace the factory-installed speakers of their vehicle. However, they lack the bass or the "boom" that component speakers might offer, especially if you enhance your component system with subwoofers.

 

Component speakers, also called “separates”, on the other hand, have a more advanced design than coaxial speakers. They are a speaker system where speakers are mounted separately. They consist of a woofer, tweeter, and crossover. 

Component speakers, unlike coaxial speakers, are more complicated to install than coaxial speakers. They're a bit more time-consuming to install and may require the help or the expertise of a professional to install them. They are also more expensive than coaxials. However, component speakers allow for a lot of customization. If you are planning to do a full system, complete with subwoofers and ultratweeters, getting component speakers is the way to go.

 

Choosing whether to get coaxial speakers or component speakers still depend on the car owner and their preferences. It still depends on the car owner how much they are willing to pay for their car audio, and whether they want customization for it or not. 

 

Either way, we here at onlinecarstereo.com have a wide array of coaxials and component speakers, and we’re currently having up to 15% off to a lot of our Kicker speakers, a lot of which are component and coaxial speakers. We also offer up to 15% off on our Kicker subwoofers and amps as well. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash!

EASY PAYMENTS ON THANKSGIVING

Black Friday is fast approaching and excitement is rushing through your fingertips on which car audio upgrade you want. You can take advantage of the huge discount here at Onlinecarstereo starting this week. With the pandemic, it is difficult to decide to upgrade. Luckily, we offer financing options to ease the payment burden on your part. It will give you the best of both worlds. An affordable easy-to-pay scheme, and you get ot choose your favorite brands at an affordable price. Truly a win-win situation this holiday season.

First option is thru Progressive Leasing which is very easy to apply. All you need is your social security / ITIN; credit or debit card; a checking account; official ID; and you have to be older than 18. Applications are reviews quickly and you should determine your status within 24 hours. Once approved, you will be able to place your order over-the-phone where you'll choose the scheme that works best for you. You will be charged an initial upfront payment for as low as $28 depending on your order. To avoid paying for interest, you have the option of paying your lease in full early.

Next option is via Affirm checkout. When you've added the items in your shopping cart and ready to checkout, just click the option "Affirm Monthly Payments" and you will be redirected to Affirm's website to fill out an application. Review for approval is almost real time. When approved, you will then be redirected back to Onlinecarstereo and place the order by selecting your preferred payment scheme. Once we receive the order, we ship your upgrade to you.

Here are some of the upcoming deals in store for you this Thanksgiving.

Always visit Onlinecarstereo to find the perfect car audio / video upgrade this holiday season. Avoid the rush and virus. Shop online and be safe. Checkout our Black Friday Deals this week for markdown and bundled items at affordable prices. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions to save tons of cash. ALWAYS STAY SAFE AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO EVERYONE!!!

THE COMMON TYPES OF CAR RECEIVERS

Car audio, as previously discussed in last week’s History of Car Audio, have improved significantly during the last decade or so. Turntables and cassettes might be the thing of the past for modern-day car stereos and receivers. These types of receivers can be further subdivided into categories but for today we’re going to discuss the 4 most common types of car receivers in the market.

CD Receivers

CDs might slowly becoming a “thing of the past” now, but you’ve got to admit that there’s something special about playing a CD on your car stereo that makes us all feel nostalgic. CD receivers are what people mostly think of when someone says “car stereo”. CD players come in both single-DIN (2in) and double-DIN (4in) sizes. CD receivers nowadays not only have the CD-player as their sole feature. They also commonly feature a USB and/or AUX input, and some still have the classic radio tuner.

DVD Receivers

Also more commonly known as “in-dash DVD players”, DVD receivers not only play DVDs that makes long car rides so much more entertaining, but also features the functions that a digital media receiver and CD receivers do like playing CDs, USB/AUX input, Bluetooth connectivity, car assistant systems (Android Auto, Apple CarPlay). They also come in single-DIN and double-DIN sizes.

Digital Media Receivers

As the name suggests, digital media players ditch the whole CD player feature altogether (mechless receivers). They also come into single-DIN and double-DIN sizes like the CD receivers. These types of receivers are for people who mostly play their music through their digital music players (like the iPod), through music streaming services (Spotify, Pandora, etc) and their smartphones. However, some digital media receivers still retain some of the CD receiver features like the USB/AUX input and Bluetooth connectivity, and some also feature the car assistant systems like the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 

Digital Multimedia Receivers 

These type of receivers mostly have touchscreen capabilities, unlike digital media receivers that still have buttons and knobs. Its clear difference with digital media receivers is that it can also play video, hence the word "multimedia". Digital multimedia receivers also have integrated features like apps, car assistant systems among others.

Navigation Receivers

Navigation receivers are perfect for those people who travel a lot and constantly on the road. The built-in GPS navigation makes it more convenient rather than constantly relying on the smartphone’s GPS features. And not only do navigation receivers function as the “modern-day map”, some navigation receivers also retain the rest of the other receivers’ cool features such as the USB/AUX input, Bluetooth connectivity, car assistant systems among others.

No matter what type of car receiver you think is best for you and your needs, be sure to check it out at onlinecarstereo.com as we have a wide array of products you can choose from. Also subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash.

 

 

SPEAKER BAFFLE BENEFITS

When speakers produce sound, it creates vibration inside the hallow cavity of your door, dashboard or rear dash panel.Depending on the music your are listening, certain frequencies will cause something to vibrate inside your car whether it be loose screws or simply surface areas adjacent to a speaker, tweeter or subwoofer.

To avoid these vibrations, it is recommended to install speaker baffles when upgrading your car audio setup. For one, it holds the speakers in place more securely when installed on your doors and secondly, it prevents dirt from accumulating inside your speakers. In addition to dust protection, baffles protects the speakers from water intrusion and makes your speakers last longer. But the main function of baffles is to avoid the resonance produced by the vibration of your car's surface to transfer to your speaker cones. This will result in a more crisp and clear sound when you play your music. The physics behind this is similar to a music studio with sound absorbers installed on the its walls. The better absorption it has, the clearer the sound would be.

Online Car Stereo offers speakers baffles of various sizes. The more common ones are: 3, 4, 4x6, 5, 5.25, 6.5 and 6x9 inches. Boom Mat baffles are made of high quality and the company has invested in the latest 3D scanning and cutting technology to manufacture and cut the baffles precisely that has allowed a perfect fit to every speaker.

Checkout our inventory at WWW.ONLINECARSTEREO.COM and look for your appropriate size. 6.5" Baffles, 6x9 Baffles, 6 3/4 Baffles, 5 1/4 Baffles, 6x8 Baffles, 5x7 Baffles, 4" Baffles, and 4x6 Baffles,

This week, Online Car Stereo is including a free pair of Boom Mat speaker baffles to selected speaker purchases. HURRY UNTIL SUPPLIES LAST!!! You can also subscribe to our NEWSLETTER to receive weekly promotions such as this and save tons of cash.

BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY TRIVIA!

Thanksgiving Day is fast approaching and that also means that Black Friday and Cyber Monday is also around the corner. This year in particular will be a very different one from all the previous years we have done the two biggest shopping days of the year because of the pandemic.

But where (and when) exactly did the terms “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” come from?

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Black Friday dates back to Philadelphia in the 1960s where newspapers in the state used the term to describe the massive frenzy of crowds at stores and the congestion of traffic that happens on the day after Thanksgiving. The crowd frenzy was paralleled after the original “Black Friday”, which was a stock market panic on September 24, 1869, where the price of gold collapsed due to then-President Ulysses Grant’s interference on the scheme of three investors: Jay Gould, James Fisk, and President Grant’s own brother-in-law, Abel Corbin.

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Cyber Monday, however, is a much newer term that was coined by Ellen Davis of the National Retail Federation and Scott Silverman, and was used as a marketing term for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States. It was created as a digital counterpart to Black Friday to encourage people to do online shopping and has rapidly become the biggest ecommerce event in the US, whereas Black Friday is more of a brick-and-mortar sale event. 

However, with the pandemic happening right now, Black Friday will probably shift to a bigger online event than it was before rather than doing the traditional in-store sales retailers have done in previous years. So definitely watch out in the coming weeks for upcoming deals and bundles for Black Friday and Cyber Monday at onlinecarstereo.com and subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash!

HASSLE-FREE RETURNS AT OCS

We always strive for customer satisfaction when you buy from us here at Online Car Stereo, but sometimes, one might have problems with their purchase and decide to return it. We have one of the best hassle-free return policies out there. If by some reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, unused/uninstalled items can be returned within 60 days.

Making a return is pretty easy!

  • Contact us. To start a return, call 1-310-526-8635 and chat with our helpful and friendly customer service representatives. We can also be reached through email at  [email protected] for any questions.
  • Get an RA (return authorization). If you call us at our contact number, a customer service representative will be able to assist you through your options and help set up a return authorization. You can also request a return authorization online through email at  [email protected].
  • Pack returned items carefully. Returned items should be new and in their original packaging, complete with all the original accessories, manuals and warranty card. We care about the safety of the items so we overbox most of the products to protect them during shipping.
  • Attach the shipping label. You will receive a UPS Authorized Return Service shipping label along with a return authorization number. Remove or mark out the original labels, then securely tape the new return shipping label to the package.
  • Give the package to UPS. Take it to any official UPS drop-off site. To search for drop-off locations nearest you, call 1-800-742-5877 or visit www.ups.com.

Online Car Stereo will send a “return received” notice through email detailing that the returned item has been received. An additional email will also be sent following the completion of the return process.

There are also important details to consider when doing a return.

Refund or exchange. You can either choose an exchange or a refund according to the amount of the item you purchased. Refunds will be issued to the same credit card, debit card, gift certificate, or other form of payment that was used in the original transaction. The refund or exchange process for items usually gets processed within three business days after we receive the returned item, as we normally conduct additional testing and evaluation. Additionally, depending on the financial institution, the refunded amount will take about 3-5 business days to reflect back on your account.

Shipping costs. Return shipping costs are deducted from your refund or exchange.

For most returns, Online Car Stereo can issue you a UPS Authorized Return Shipping (ARS) label for a flat fee.

New condition. All returns for refund will be subject to a 10% restocking fee (and higher if the item is used/abused). Online Car Stereo may refuse a customer return or charge a higher restocking fee when the returned item is not NEW. Conditions that will lead to refused returns or be charged a higher restocking fee include:

  • When the returned item has a different serial number than what Online Car Stereo originally shipped.
  • When there are missing parts or the original packaging has been damaged or tampered with.
  • When there is damage due to the package being improperly packaged for return shipment.
  • When there is physical damage from drops, spilled liquid, or mishandling.
  • When the product has been installed or has attempted to be installed and was removed from the original packaging.
  • When the item has any signs or indication of it being installed, with scratches, or other signs of use such as physical markings, screw holes, etc.

Freight shipping: Items like Boxes and Large subwoofers may require special freight shipping, and they usually cost more to return. An Online Car Stereo representative will be able to help figure out the exact shipping cost of freight items when setting up the return.

**Online Car Stereo does not accept any returns for Rims, Tires and finance orders. Only exchange or store credit will be granted.

International shipping: UPS ARS labels are not valid for international shipping or shipping on US territories. The customer is responsible for any international shipping charges or duties.

We here at Online Car Stereo will always be committed to give you the best customer service we can possibly give. Always visit us at onlinecarstereo.com to check out our wide array of products and subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash.

OFF-ROADING WITH OCS

Summer is almost over out off-roading is still very much alive with enthusiasts. As we still quarantine ourselves to fight the spread of the Covid19 virus, we find ourselves enjoying the outdoors more and more because we feel it’s safer with open fresh air. A lot of the places to enjoy off-road and cross country are open and it is a great time to take advantage of some of the promotions happening here at Onlinecarstereo.

Fuel Off-Road and XD Series Wheels is considered by many as a major player in the off-road sport world. They manufacture using over 25 computer controlled machining centers running around the clock to apply engineering know-how and accuracy. Both brands have their own set of designs that cater to various customer preference. These are manufactured in California from blank wheels to the box. Each design appeals to a particular vehicle that everyone will love.

 

On the other hand, MSA Off-Road provides a huge catalog of different designs for your off-road vehicle as well. Every model is designed and field tested in their headquarters in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Texas. They are the very few who have retained hand inspection of paints and insert bolts to maintain a high quality of standard in every wheel they sell.

 

Checkout our newly arrived off-road wheels and enjoy summer before it ends.

Always visit us at Onlinecarstereo.com to find more off-road wheels for your vehicle. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly promotions and save tons of cash.