Finding the best car speakers for your vehicle isn’t always easy. For the experienced buyer who has plenty of experience with the many outlets that sell car speakers, it’s not such a daunting task. But for the average person just looking to improve their sound system, finding the best car speakers can seem like something of a dark art.

Fortunately, it’s not nearly as difficult as it may first appear. In this post, we’re going to cover not just where to look, but how to look. Read on to find out where to buy car speakers (USA customers).

Know What You’re Looking For

It seems obvious, I know, but one of the most common mistakes you when heading out to buy new car speakers (or any electronics, for that matter) is not first establishing what it is you need. While speaker quality can vary significantly between models, there is no real answer to which is the “best” speaker because of the different roles each kind of speaker plays.

Is your bass a little thin and you’re looking for a good, mid-range subwoofer?

Are you looking for an all-round upgrade for your speaker system and money is no object?

Do you just need to replace one faulty door speaker and you’re not overly concerned about what the replacement is?

These are questions you need to answer before you start looking.

Where to Buy Car Speakers

Much like choosing a speaker, there isn’t necessarily one answer to the question of where to buy your car speakers, so we’re going to cover what we see as the three main options.

Boutique/Custom

We can’t judge your local boutique car audio store, but as a general rule, you can expect a higher quality (and usually a higher price) from places like this.

You can also expect a higher level of expertise from the staff that work in these stores. What this means, practically, is that you’re much more likely to get a good answer if you explain your needs and ask for their suggestion.

Major Outlets

When it comes to large outlet stores like Walmart or Target, or Autozone, you can expect far less in the way expertise from the people who work there.

Which is not intended as a slight against those people; it’s a different kind of job to working in a boutique store. You will have to do much more research, but stores like this will also have a healthy returns policy if you get it wrong.

Online

Buying online at stores like Amazon, or NewEgg, is excellent for experienced buyers. If you know what you need and you don’t need assistance finding it, shopping online is direct, fast, and doesn’t require leaving the house. It’s also advisable to read online buying guides like the one we wrote.

Conclusion

If you have the money, it’s hard to beat a local boutique store. They will help you pick out the perfect speaker for your needs. If, however, you looking to find the best possible deal, do your research (visit forums and ask questions) and then hit up an online store like Amazon. They regularly have sales and will stock a far more extensive range of products than your average brick and mortar store.

Vincent Talbot