If you are a car owner, then at one point in your life you've probably entertained the idea of customizing your car with some of the same high-end goods that are usually reserved for Lil Wayne videos. Because you know nothing makes a statement on the streets like a pair of Alpine speakers, a set of 22-inch dubs or a chameleon paint job.
Thanks in part to the exposure from MTV that brought us The Jersey Shore and Pimp My Ride, custom car shops have seen an increase (especially with younger clientele) of people wanting and willing to fork out serious cash to customize their cars. And you probably will too after you see the list of garages we've compiled.
We can't promise Xzibit is going to be there when you put video screens in each of your headrests, but we can show you that San Diego offers a host of shops that are more than capable of pimping your ride. Now that deserves a fist pump.
Street Noyz co-owner Paul Doerrer emphasizes that a car is usually the first big purchase a person makes in their life. That is why he and the Street Noyz team goes to every end to make sure that customers feel a certain level of comfort when they step inside the car customization shop.
"What I'm dealing with nine times out of 10 when a customer walks into the shop is that they want to feel comfortable because their car is the biggest purchase that they've made in their lives," says Doerrer.'That's why we treat every car as if it's our own. We want customers to know that we are meticulous with every aspect of the car that we are working on."
With an ownership that has more than 50 years of combined experience, the Street Noyz team knows every intricacy behind the installation of audio and other electronics in cars.
But Doerrer says car audio comes with certain sophistication, one that is measured by more than just decibel readings.
"We aren't the big,'boom box' type," says Doerrer."We try more to incorporate a very nice, pleasing sound system into a vehicle in a very stealth way that no one has actually done or seen before."
Street Noyz also installs Bluetooth and hands free equipment, tinted windows and alarm systems.
But the No. 1 reason customers should consider Street Noyz is the shop's ability to interpret exactly what a customer is looking for."It's trying to decipher what is coming out their mouth and what their brain is trying to perceive at the same time," says Doerrer.'That's the real challenge for us as installers." Check out its website Streetnoyz.com for more information.
Discover these San Diego car customization shops worth checking out as you pursue any and all of your audio, video and car customization needs.
Joe's Stereo in Logan Heights
Walking into Joe's Stereo on Market Street can be an intimidating experience to some degree because the walls are lined from floor to ceiling with chrome rims. Even if you were a former member of the Big Tymers, you couldn't picture how many rims they have. The garage reps many wheel manufacturers, but Asanti Wheels is its top seller. Asanti is a company that allows you to create your own custom wheel in any color on its website and once they are delivered, the team at Joe's Stereo will handle the installation. Joe's Stereo also installs exhaust systems, mobile video, window tinting, alarms, audio and suspension. Or maybe you've always dreamed of throwing some Lamborghini-inspired hinged doors on your ride. Joe's will take care of that too. Although the name is Joe's Stereo, it's anything but a simple stereo installer. For more information, visit Joesstereo.com.
Car Audio Heaven in Old Town
With four locations in the San Diego area, Car Audio Heaven has established itself as one of the leaders in car audio technologies. They specialize in car and marine audio but also offer window tinting, vehicle security, satellite and HD radio, Bluetooth, mobile video, and other custom installations. If you can dream it, they can usually do it and they have been since the first of its stores opened in 1991. The company prides itself in offering cutting-edge technologies and it has proof to back it up. Car Audio Heaven was recently one of the first installers in the world to successfully integrate an iPad into a custom-built center console. It employs only the most technologically competent and friendly employees at each of its four locations, and it always treat customers like family. For more information, visit Caraudioheavenusa.com.
Audio Tint Proz in the College area
Since its inception in 1989, Audio Tint Proz has always offered the very latest from the top audio manufacturers around. Whether its new speakers, a new deck, custom subwoofer boxes or a complete sound system overhaul, Audio Tint Proz will ensure that your ride is hooked up with the highest quality products. It also offer some of the best tint installation around as well as navigation devices, Bluetooth and alarm systems. Check out its website where you will find weekly specials with impressive offerings at some of the lowest prices. There isn't a nook or cranny in any car where Audio Tin Proz wouldn't be able to fit a custom-built speaker to maximum visual appeal. For more information, visit Audiotintproz.com.
Street Trenz in El Cajon
Let's just say, if Xzibit hosted his little MTV show in San Diego, Street Trenz is probably where he would take most people's cars to get pimped. With more than 100 different brands and just about any service you can think of, the team at Street Trenz is ready to fulfill any of your customization needs. So whether you're considering a lift or lowering kit, new wheels or rims, stereo installation or maybe just in need of some general maintenance, Street Trenz should be at or near the top of your list. Although they've only been in operation since 2006, the staff at Street Trenz has more than 20 years of experience in the car customization industry. It sports a new garage with first-class equipment so you can rest easy knowing your ride is in capable hands. With free estimates for all cars, anyone interested in building their custom dream ride should consider Street Trenz. For more information, visit Strenz.com.
San Diego Auto Accessories in Chula Vista
Much of the business that San Diego Accessories rakes in comes from dealership referrals. The biggest seller is undoubtedly window tinting, but the shop also offers stereo installation, new upholstery, alarm systems, wheels and tiers and car graphics. One area of customization that many of its competitors have overlooked is a custom grill. San Diego Auto Accessories will hook up the front of your ride with a shiny, new face. The car graphics are also impressive, so whether it be racing stripes or company logos, San Diego Auto Accessories can handle it. For more information, visit Sandiegoauto.net.
Street Dreams Auto Styling in National City
Street Dreams Auto Styling has a way of getting you fired up about car customization. It offers installation for window tinting, remote starters, power window and locks, GPS and navigation, wheels, suspension, performance parts, interior lighting, paint and bodywork and custom upholstery. It especially prides itself in car audio to totally immerse your ears while going down highway. The assortment of installations combined with Street Dreams Auto Styling's promise to have a wide selection of name-brand products, a clean well-equipped facility, skilled technicians, superior customer services and fast turn-around times make it a very suitable option for you and your car. For more information, visit Streetdreamsautostyling.com.
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