A Quick Guide to Car CD Players

Whether you are in the market for a new car CD player or want to replace your existing model, eBay has a large variety of affordably priced new and used auto CD systems available. Find out more about the car CD players available to find out which model suits your car and your preferences.

Are all car stereos the same size?

The measurement of the slot where the car stereo goes in your dash is called a DIN. Standard car stereos are a single DIN, though double DIN stereos are becoming more common. The double-DIN slots are double the height of single DIN slots. The majority of car audio CD player systems are fitted to these industry-wide specifications. If your car has a single DIN slot, it can only be replaced with a single DIN CD player system. A double DIN slot can be used for a double DIN system or a single DIN with use of an installation kit. Installation kits custom fit your CD player stereo into your car slot without any gaping spaces. You can find a large variety of stereo installation kits on eBay.

What features are available on modern car CD players?

Modern car CD player stereos have more built-in technology than ever before. Most top of the line models include a host of various features, including:

  • Touchscreen capabilities
  • Dual USB ports
  • Auxiliary cord inputs
  • Bluetooth
Can steering wheel controls be used with aftermarket stereos?

If your car currently has a steering wheel control system connected to your car audio system, you can purchase an aftermarket stereo system that is designed to incorporate that feature. If your vehicle does not have steering wheel controls, and you would like to add them with your car CD player upgrade, you can purchase a universal interface to add this feature. Universal interface steering wheel control systems are compatible with most aftermarket stereo systems. Check with your car CD player manufacturer instructions for more details.

What other options for CD player upgrades are there?

Modern cars are more frequently hitting the showroom floors without an available CD player built in. If you want the convenience of listening to your CDs in your car, but you don_x001A_t want the hassle of upgrading your stereo system, there are other options to consider. One of the least expensive and easiest options is to purchase a portable CD player. Plug one end of an auxiliary cord into the headphone jack of the CD player and the other end into the auxiliary port on your cars stereo system. You then have the option of replacing the standard double A batteries the portable CD player will require, or purchasing a 12-volt DC adapter that will plug into your car's cigarette lighter to power your device. Another option is to copy all of your CDs onto a flash drive and playing it through your car audio systems USB port.