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Saturday, Oct 27 2012 12:01 AM

Car Guide: Auto accessories

Compiled by Mark Nessia

Today’s cars do so much more than get you from Point A to Point B. Nowadays, cars can also talk and text using with your voice, and serve as a mobile entertainment system.

Advance Mobile Security, at 3624 Buck Owens Blvd., gives car owners options of adding these features to any vehicle, new or used.

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Parrot CK3100 Bluetooth.

Ten-inch JL Audio W1 subwoofer.

SmartStart on iPhone.

Pioneer AVIC-Z140 BH with GPS navigation.

Parrot CK3100 Bluetooth.

Here are some of owner Rudy Lozano’s top car accessories to trick out your car:
 
Bluetooth

Shows like “Pimp My Ride” may have glorified mobile entertainment systems, but Lozano said safety is at the top when it comes to upgrading a vehicle.

Advance Mobile offers seven different models of Bluetooth devices for hands-free communication, with prices starting at $199.

The Parrot CK3100 is one that provides ideal for hands-free communication. But those looking for more bang for their buck should try the Parrot MKi9200, which features a 2.4-inch color display, smartphone-iPod compatible, text to speech functionality, auxiliary and USB ports.

Audio

A basic upgrade can include an aftermarket deck, such as the Pioneer DEH-150MP ($69.99), which will improve sound quality. Adding speakers, starting at $80, will take the sound to the next level.

But for those looking for a full car audio experience, a deck, speakers and subwoofer is the way to go. The Pioneer DEH-X6500BT ($129.99) plays, charges and controls iPods and iPhones while supporting Bluetooth for hands-free calling.

The JL Audio C2 Lineup of coaxial speakers (starting at $179) will have you covered in the mid- and high-sound range, while the 10-inch JL Audio W1 ($159) will give you all the booming bass you can handle. For a full boost, power it all up with a five-channel amplifier, starting at $349.

Security and remote start

Advance Mobile offers car security systems, from Viper and Clifford, starting at $389. The Viper 5104V provides car security and remote start with a range of 2,000 feet. DoubleGuard shock sensor protects your car with light taps (chirp) to heavy jolts (full alarm).

Upgrades and add-ons include GPS tracking and SmartStart, which allows drivers to control the vehicle with a smartphone, and two-way communication — where the car “talks back,” confirming engine has started or that doors have locked.

Navigation

GPS navigation is also popular among drivers. Navigation systems will not only tell you how to get to your destination, but also come with Bluetooth, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio and HD Radio. Some can play just about every type of media available, from DVDs to MP3s.

The Pioneer AVIC-Z140BH ($1,199) sports a seven-inch motorized touchscreen to view 3D landmarks, has voice command, is camera capable and has outputs for rear entertainment.

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