Santa Barbara Auto Stereo & Wireless independently operates this site and is a Verizon Authorized Retailer.

Car Audio

What do I need to do to make my iPod or hard drive work in my car?

Very simple — we stock a variety of solultions for all vehicles that integrate all hard drive devices with a direct digital interface. No need to go through an FM radio signal.

I have a big SUV and sometimes I can’t see in back or in front of me. What can I do to be a safer driver?

We offer a wide variety of driver-assist products, such as back-up cameras and screens, park-assist aids and thermal imaging cameras. These devices will definitely make anyone a much safer driver.

I just bought a very fast car. What can I do to protect myself from getting speeding tickets?

Most police in today’s world use Laser to detect speeding drivers. We offer Laser diffusion systems that warn the driver that they have been shot by Laser, and diffuse the signal so that the shooter never gets a reading, enabling the driver to slow down to the speed limit. Certain Laser diffusion manufacturers will pay the speeding ticket for the customer if they should get one as a result of the diffuser not warning them in time.

I’m shopping for a new car. I want a navigation and entertainment system. Why should I go with aftermarket equipment from your store vs. the option from the car manufacturer?

Aftermarket equipment is generally more advanced than stock OEM options. Customers are constantly running into situations where their new phones won’t work with their current cars Bluetooth system. Most of these systems cannot be updated to work with a newer phone. This rarely happens with an aftermarket system, since these systems can receive software updates to make just-released products compatible. A classic example was the introduction of the iPhone 5. Most factory systems were rendered inoperable when Apple made this change. These units had no way to be updated, like the aftermarket ones. Both Alpine Electronics and Pioneer Electronics came out with software updates to make existing units compatible. This reason alone is a major consideration when shopping stock vs. aftermarket equipment. Another thing to keep in mind is that aftermarket equipment can be serviced a lot easier than stock OEM systems.

Q – I like my current OEM system. I just want want to improve my sound quality. What’s the best way to do this, keeping my existing system in the car?

Most stock systems are underpowered. The stock speakers will sound a lot better with more power. We always recommend adding some form of an amplifier and a subwoofer to the existing stock system. This will most definitely take that system to a new level.

Verizon Wireless

We want a smartphone. How should we go about making a decision?

The best way to decide on a smartphone is to decide what operating system you want to be part of. There are primarily 4 operating systems: Apple iOS, Google’s Android platform, Blackberry, and Windows 8. Once you know which platform is best for you, than you begin to look for a phone.

Who’s going to educate us on all these platforms?

That’s what we do here at SBAS&W. We spend time with each and every customer to be sure they make a well-informed decision.

Why should we sign up with Verizon Wireless and not with some other carrier?

Verizon Wireless is a very reliable voice and data network. Every voice call has a binary code behind it delivering crystal clear conversation. This is the CDMA voice network. Verizon Wireless is also the leader in 4gLTE coverage in the United States, giving it the most comprehensive data network in the country.

If we are on Verizon Wireless, what happens when we travel internationally?

Most all current Verizon smartphones are global-capable. Verizon has a full global support team that will set up any Verizon Wireless customer with international service at very competitive rates. Certain Verizon phones are unlocked and allow SIM cards from international carriers to be used.

Why would I come to your Verizon Wireless store versus another?

Very simple. We are the best. We really value every single one of our customers, and we are extremely knowledgeable at what we do. We take the time to explain the service, the products, and all facets related to being a Verizon Wireless customer. You never need to wait in line or take a number to talk to us. More important we are experts at integrating that new smartphone into your car. With most states making cell phone use in the car illegal, we spend the time to pair your phone with your car’s Bluetooth system, or can provide you with an integrated Bluetooth system in your car. This is a service you will not find at your standard Verizon Wireless store.